Australia’s star all-rounder Glenn Maxwell recently suffered an ankle injury and was ruled out of Australia tour of South Africa 2023. The right-handed batter is now also expected to miss a few ODIs on India visit ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.
It is worth mentioning that Australia will lock horns with India in a three-match ODI series before the important ICC event. However, Maxwell might not play all the games as a precautionary measure, considering the impending World Cup.
Glenn Maxwell reflects on his ankle injury and support from Australian management
Despite the injury, Maxwell has expressed his desire to be part of the India series. The Aussie all-rounder also appreciated the Australian selectors and the staff for not putting pressure on him, and giving him extra time to regain full fitness until the World Cup 2023. Maxwell further talked about the ankle injury that forced him out of the South Africa series and shared the backstory behind it.
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“I still want to play some part of that India series. But I’m not feeling any pressure on it. The selectors and the staff have been brilliant with me as well. They don’t want to put too much pressure on me to sort of set that date because they know they’ve got a bit of extra time before the World Cup. So instead of rushing it and probably putting myself a week or two behind, being able to give myself extra time and make sure we get through the whole tournament,” Maxwell told ESPNCricinfo.
“I don’t think I could have predicted how sore I was going to be once I got to South Africa. But it was one of those things. Even when I went to train that day, I still felt fine. There was nothing wrong. Something just got impinged. I think one of the tendons around my ankle was a little bit inflamed, there’s a bit of swelling, so it kept on catching which meant it just gave me a bit of pain,” he added.
Glenn Maxwell sheds light on preparations for the ODI World Cup 2023
Maxwell also shed light on his preparations for returning to the cricketing arena and revealed that he has already started hitting the gym. But at the same time, he emphasized that he is not over the hurdle of the original injury yet.
“We’ve probably just got to be a bit smarter going forward. Making sure that my preparation is a bit more managed, I think leading into a flight like that. I’m already back in the gym, so I’ll probably get back into full training probably this week, so it won’t be a long turnaround. It’s just knowing that I’m not over the hurdle of the original injury yet,” reflected Maxwell.
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