Australia’s star all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has been ruled out of the Australian team that will travel to South Africa. Maxwell has withdrawn from the Australia limited-overs tour of South Africa to undergo surgery on his left elbow.
Maxwell reportedly had picked an injury throughout the latter stages of the Big Bash League (BBL). He informed the Australia medical team that the pain ‘had increased’ following Saturday’s final.
He was sent for scans which showed loose fragments of bone within his elbow joint that was causing the pain. It is expected Maxwell will be out of action for approximately 6-8 weeks as he undergoes arthroscopic surgery on Thursday.
The South Africa series was set to be Maxwell’s first appearance back in the Australian team since he took leave from cricket to deal with mental health issues.
Glenn Maxwell Ruled Out Of South Africa Tour; D’Arcy Short To Play:
“Representing Australia is the highest honour in cricket and something I cherish. I was not confident that I could perform at the international level with my elbow in its current state and have decided to undergo surgery straight away to fix the issue. I would like to thank Justin Langer, Ben Oliver, Trevor Hohns and the whole Australian squad for their understanding,” Maxwell said.
Trevor Hohns, the Australian cricket team National Selector, conveyed his disappointment that Maxwell would not be a part of the tour.
“We are disappointed to lose Glenn this close to the tour as we were looking forward to welcoming him back to the national side in both the 20- and 50-over formats after his break during the summer,” Hohns said.
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Maxwell will be replaced in the Australian squad by D’Arcy Short, who was one of four stand-by players identified by the National Selection Panel when the initial squads were named.
Short was also the man brought into the squad when Sean Abbott was ruled out of the three-match ODI tour of India in January.