Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell’s fresh ankle injury during training in Durban jeopardizes his World Cup preparation. Despite optimism, cautious recovery approach taken. Matthew Wade returns. Up to seven key players sidelined.
Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell is facing a fresh setback just weeks before the commencement of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, as he sustained an ankle injury during a training session in Durban. The injury occurred as Maxwell was preparing for Australia’s T20I series against South Africa, casting doubt on his immediate availability for the upcoming matches.
Maxwell’s ankle injury was aggravated during the training session preceding the T20I series against South Africa, which was scheduled to begin on Wednesday. However, he will not be able to participate in the series, as he will be flying back to Australia to be by his wife’s side during the birth of their first child.
Despite the injury, there is optimism surrounding Maxwell’s recovery timeline. National selector Tony Dodemaide assured that Maxwell is expected to recuperate in time for the ICC World Cup. However, given Maxwell’s history of injuries, including the unusual leg injury he suffered at a friend’s party the previous year, Dodemaide stressed that a cautious approach would be taken regarding his rehabilitation.
Dodemaide expressed his confidence that Maxwell would make a return to the national team during Australia’s ODI series against India at the conclusion of the next month, allowing him ample time to regain full fitness for the World Cup.
“We will closely monitor Glenn’s recovery with the goal of having him available for the three-match ODI series in India ahead of the World Cup,” Dodemaide commented.
Maxwell’s absence from the lineup provides an opportunity for Matthew Wade to make a comeback to the Australian side. The veteran player has been called up for the series against South Africa and could serve as an additional wicket-keeping option alongside Josh Inglis.
With Maxwell’s injury, Australia now finds itself grappling with the absence of up to seven first-choice players during the T20I leg of their tour of South Africa. Maxwell joins the likes of Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Cameron Green, and David Warner, who are currently on the sidelines.
Australia’s opening match against South Africa is slated to take place in Durban on Wednesday. The Australian T20 squad to face South Africa includes players like Mitchell Marsh (c), Sean Abbott, Tim David, Ben Dwarshuis, Nathan Ellis, Aaron Hardie, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Spencer Johnson, Matt Short, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Matthew Wade, and Adam Zampa.