Ben Stokes has become the latest major athlete to take a step back from sport to focus on his mental health.
The England cricketer, 30, will take an 'indefinite break' from both international and domestic matches to 'prioritise his mental wellbeing and to rest his left index finger, which has not fully healed'.
Osaka dropped out of the French Open after sparking a backlash by refusing to honour her media commitments at the tournament, while Biles this week withdrew from the US team gymnastics final following an uncharacteristic error.
Meanwhile rising British tennis star Emma Raducanu also sparked a debate about mental toughness when she pulled out of Wimbledon, with John McEnroe saying 'it got a bit too much' for the 18-year-old.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
England cricket managing director Ashley Giles praised Stokes for revealing how he was feeling, stating: 'Ben has shown tremendous courage to open up about his feelings and wellbeing.
Ben Stokes will take an indefinite break from England duty to prioritise his mental wellbeing
Naomi Osaka dropped out of the French Open after sparking a backlash by refusing to honour her media commitments at the tournament
Simone Biles this week withdrew from the US team gymnastics final following an uncharacteristic error
Managing director Ashley Giles (R) praised Stokes for showing courage to open upInsurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
'Our primary focus has always been and will continue to be the mental health and welfare of all of our people. The demands on our athletes to prepare and play elite sport are relentless in a typical environment, but the ongoing pandemic has acutely compounded this.
'Spending significant amounts of time away from family, with minimal freedoms, is extremely challenging. The cumulative effect of operating almost continuously in these environments over the last 16 months has had a major impact on everyone's wellbeing.
'Ben will be given as long as he needs, and we look forward to seeing him playing cricket for England in the future.'
Stokes, 30, will miss at least the first two Tests at Trent Bridge and Lord's in England's India Test series and has been replaced in the squad by Somerset all-rounder Craig Overton.
The England all-rounder could now miss the entirety of the Test series against Virat Kohli's India
Stokes has been replaced in England's Test squad by Somerset all-rounder Craig Overton (R)
The 30-year-old broke his finger playing for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League in April, and was consequently ruled out of the Test series defeat by New Zealand and the limited-overs games against Sri Lanka earlier this summer.
Stokes was also set to sit out the ODI