Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has been ruled out of cricketing action for an extended period after suffering a ‘freak’ injury to his leg. The Australian cricketer suffered this injury during a birthday party in Melbourne. It’s reported that Maxwell fractured his fibula and underwent surgery on Saturday. With a broken leg, the Aussie star will stay out of action for a significant time now.
Maxwell suffered the injury as he slipped while running in a backyard with the person celebrating the birthday, and Maxwell's leg became trapped, with neither person intoxicated. In the immediate future, Maxwell is ruled out of the one-day series against England which starts on Thursday but he may also miss the entire BBL with Melbourne Stars depending in the recovery timeline which will be known in the coming weeks.
The all-rounder is also doubtful for the Test series against India in February. The injury means Maxwell won't have the chance to make a rare Sheffield Shield appearance in early December or feature for Australia A against South Africa.
"Glenn is in good spirits," national selector George Bailey said. "It was an unfortunate accident and we feel for Glenn in the circumstances given he was in great touch in his last few games. Glenn is a critical part of our white-ball structure and we will continue to support him through his recovery and rehabilitation."
Stars general manager Blair Crouch said: "Glenn is obviously a huge part of the Melbourne Stars and we wish him well in his recovery. He will continue to be a key part of the club during the start of the season as he works his way back to full fitness and we look forward to seeing him soon."
As the all-rounder has been ruled out of the series against England, Sean Abbott has been roped in as his replacement.
This is not the first time a cricketer has suffered an injury away from the cricket field. Earlier, this year, Jonny Bairstow broke his ankle while playing golf and was ruled out of T20 World Cup 2022. Australia's wicketkeeper batter Josh Inglish missed the T20 World Cup after badly cutting his hand playing golf on the eve of the tournament.