ICC Cricket World Cup 2023: Glenn Maxwell ruled out of ENG vs AUS match in Ahmedabad
Glenn Maxwell suffered a freak injury after falling off a golf cart.
Australia’s Glenn Maxwell has been ruled out of his team’s ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 match against England in Ahmedabad after suffering concussion in a golf-related incident on Monday. Australia are placed 4th on the points table with 4 wins in 6 matches, while England has one win in 6 matches.
The entire squad had been given two full days off after their victory against New Zealand in Dharamshala which players were free to use that time how they wished.
Maxwell has played all 6 games and scored 196 runs with the best of 106. He scored the fastest World Cup century in just 40 balls against the Netherlands in Delhi recently. He has also taken 4 wickets with his off-spin.
But now, Glenn Maxwell has suffered a second freak injury in less than 12 months, a concussion, after it was revealed a golf cart mishap has ruled him out of the England clash to be played in Ahmedabad.
Maxwell had lost his grip on the back of a golf cart on his way back from the clubhouse to the team bus in the early evening on one of his regular days off. It is understood that the travel was short, and there were insufficient carts to seat everyone. He will be subjected to concussion treatments for six to eight days.
“He’s doing fine”- Australia coach Andrew McDonald
Last year, Glenn Maxwell suffered a badly broken leg when he slipped at a friend’s 50th birthday part and it ruled him for nearly five months. However, Australia coach Andrew McDonald said that the all-rounder was doing well and will begin light training in some days.
“He’s been honest with the information he’s provided. He’s doing fine, he’ll start some light exercises today and we feel as though it will be a reasonably straightforward return to play protocol. Suppose the fortunate part was there was no other injury sustained which could have been a lot worse that it currently is,” McDonald was quoted by ESPNCricinfo.
“Think it rattled everyone to be fair once it came to the conclusion there was a concussion and he was going to miss a game. There was nothing untoward in the behavior throughout the day, it was a clear-cut accident and unfortunately, it’s compromised what we are doing as a team,” he added.
McDonald stressed his belief that activities such as golf should not be banned as it was important to allow players to get away from cricket.
As a result of the new loss, Australia will need to replace one of their key middle-order players for the game against England, with either Marcus Stoinis or Cameron Green likely to come in, with Marnus Labuschagne being preferred to keep his position in the XI.