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Big blow for Big Show when Glenn Maxwell suffers a freak accident at a party | Sport

Star all-rounder Glenn Maxwell could miss the rest of the summer and faces a lengthy rehabilitation after breaking his leg in a freak accident at a 50th birthday party in Melbourne this weekend.

The 34-year-old was ruled out of next week’s ODI series against England and has undergone surgery for a fractured left fibula after he and a friend became entangled while running around a backyard tennis court. . When they both slipped and fell, Maxwell’s leg got caught under the other man’s and he suffered a fracture.

Cricket Australia confirmed in a statement on Sunday afternoon that neither Maxwell nor his friend were intoxicated at the time of the accident.

Maxwell’s most recent innings for Australia was his match-winning half-century in Australia’s final game of the unsuccessful T20 World Cup defence. After coming in with the score at 84/6 midway through the eleventh, Maxwell helped lead his side to victory with an unbeaten 54* in 32 deliveries as the wickets fell around him.

The injury comes at a dire time for Maxwell, with his dormant Test career about to be revived on next year’s tour of India. The highly successful maverick known around the world as “The Big Show” served as a backup batsman at this year’s test tour in Sri Lanka when Travis Head struggled and was believed to be on the verge of a sensational retirement from the game. long format.

Although Maxwell is a legend of cue ball cricket, he has only played seven Tests in nine years. However, all seven Test matches of his have been in Asia and he is considered a specialist of the subcontinent and a master of Indian spin bowling.

Maxwell’s most recent test in 2017 confirmed his place among the most dynamic batsmen in modern cricket. He scored a sensational inaugural test of the 104th century against world number 1 team India at Ranchi, making him only the second Australian player and 13th internationally to complete a trifecta of centuries in all formats of the game.

Australia coaches prepared Maxwell to play his first long-form games in more than three years before the Big Bash League. Maxwell last played cricket for four and five days at the start of the 2019-20 season before taking a break due to mental health issues.

After Australia’s ODI series against England, there was a small window in which Maxwell could have played in a Sheffield Shield game for Victoria against New South Wales on December 1, and also for Australia A against South Africa a week later.

But the dream of dusting off his baggy green cap is now, with his broken leg, on ice.

“Glenn is in a good mood. It was an unfortunate accident and we feel sorry for Glenn under the circumstances, given that he was very good in his last few matches,” Australia’s chief of staff George Bailey said. “Glenn is a critical part of our cue ball structure and we will continue to support him throughout his recovery and rehabilitation.”

Sean Abbott has replaced Maxwell on the ODI series team.

With Maxwell injured, Bailey noted that the India squad would likely look considerably different from the 13-man field presented on Tuesday to face the West Indies in two tests in Perth and Adelaide. A similar team can expect to take on South Africa.

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