Cricket Australia is being urged to boost player welfare as former Test batsman Nic Maddinson takes indefinite leave from the game for personal reasons.
Maddinson's withdrawal from NSW's Sheffield Shield clash with Queensland has prompted messages of support, with CA and Cricket NSW saying he would not be available until further notice.
The 25-year-old, who played three Tests for Australia this summer before being dropped, also missed the recent win over Victoria for personal reasons.
His NSW teammate Ed Cowan said Maddinson was in "good spirits" but did not know how long he would be out.
Cowan, who himself lost his Test spot due to form, said more could be done to support omitted players.
"In terms of picking young guys, you need to make sure they're ready," Cowan told reporters on Thursday.
"If they're going to churn through players, Cricket Australia needs to be aware there's going to be some burn.
"They're going to have to work extra hard on the welfare side to look after the guys they're going to spit out the other side.
"I don't think the Australian Test team manages any kind of exit very well. I know from my own personal experience it feels as though you're left at a train station and you look up and the train's five stops (ahead) flying down the track."
Maddinson was part of a young batting trio to make their Test debuts in the day-night third match against South Africa in Adelaide last November, batting at six.
He was dismissed for a duck on debut, before registering scores of 1, 4 and 22 in innings against Pakistan.
Unlike Peter Handscomb and Matt Renshaw who have maintained their places in the Test squad, Maddinson was dropped after three Tests for allrounder Hilton Cartwright.
Cowan said the NSW team was rallying around Maddinson.
Former Test captain Kim Hughes said Maddinson wasn't ready for Test cricket and had been "thrown to the wolves" by selectors.
"Just to cast them (dropped players) out is absolutely diabolical. They should know better," Hughes told SportFM Perth.
"Some youngsters never, ever recover."
Retired fast bowler Damien Fleming speculated Maddinson is mentally and physically exhausted after being axed and should take off the rest of the summer.
He also questioned Maddinson's Test selection.
"Generally, even if you've been dropped, you're still invigorated and you're trying to get back in there," Fleming told RSN radio.
"If he's in this frame of mind, he's going into the game with no thoughts of enjoyment. He's only seeing a negative outcome."
Maddinson was unable to recapture form in the recent BBL, failing to register a big score for the Sydney Sixers in seven matches.
He made his Test debut after averaging 38 from 58 first-class games for NSW, with two tons and an 86 in the 2016-17 Sheffield Shield season.
Cricket Australia and Cricket NSW have requested Maddinson's privacy be respected.