After taking a sabbatical due to mental health issues, Glenn Maxwell was seen in an impressive form in the recently concluded edition of the Big Bash League (BBL). On the basis of his stunning form in the BBL, Maxwell was named in the Australia’s ODI and T20I squads for the upcoming South Africa tour. However, the 31-year-old right hander recently reported pain in his joint and scans put forth loose bone fragments.
Maxwell is now all set to undergo a surgery on his left elbow and the operation is expected to keep him out for six to eight weeks. He was also not part of the Australian squad for the three-match ODI series against India as he was captaining the Melbourne Stars in the BBL.
“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,” Trevor Hohns, the Australia National Selector, was quoted as saying in cricket.com.au.
“Unfortunately, the pain he has experienced in the elbow in the latter stages of the BBL increased over the weekend and he will have surgery immediately to rectify the situation,” he added.
D’Arcy Short was a part of the India tour as well after fast bowler Sean Abbott was ruled out. Short recently plied his trade for the Hobart Hurricanes, scoring 357 runs in nine matches at a strike-rate of 131.25. His top score of an unbeaten 103 came against the Perth Scorchers. He also finished with six wickets, including a five-wicket haul versus the Sydney Thunder.
“An opportunity has now presented itself for D’Arcy and we’re confident he’ll make the most of whatever opportunities come his way in South Africa,” Hohns said.
“(Stoinis) was unlucky to miss out due to the makeup of the current top order. It is terrific to have a backup player of his calibre in such good form,” Hohns added on Marcus Stoinis who recently finished as the leading run-getter in the BBL.