Relationship counselling on offer for Australian cricketers and their partners

The wives and girlfriends of Australian cricketers have been invited to relationship counselling sessions to reduce the stress associated with long-distance relationships.

The sessions are open to both the cricketers, who are due to embark on a tour of England this summer, and their partners and will be held at a pre-Ashes training camp at the Sunshine Coast in Queensland next month.

The sessions champion the HR philosophy of work-life balance. Michael Brown, operations manager at Cricket Australia reportedly said that they helped to create a more holistic approach to welfare, management and relationships.

He pointed out that were a number of new players in the team and some players had new partners. In addition, he said, there were newly married players and others with young families.

The Australian team has been touring extensively since October, playing matches in India Australia and South Africa. The Twenty20 World Cup in England in June will be followed by the five-test Ashes series against England.