Glenn Maxwell’s return to the Australian side has been put on hold once again after he was forced to stand down from the upcoming tour of South Africa due to injury.
Maxwell hasn’t played for Australia since last October after taking a mental health break, but was scheduled to feature in both the T20 and ODI sides on the tour.
However, after notifying the team’s medical staff of pain in his elbow that he had managed throughout the BBL while playing for the Melbourne Stars, Maxwell was stood down and replaced in both squads by D’Arcy Short.
Maxwell’s condition was reviewed by Cricket Victoria’s doctor as well as Australian team doctor Richard Saw and a specialist surgeon in Melbourne.
As a result of the injury, the 31-year-old will undergo arthroscopic surgery this week which will see him sidelined for a further six-to-eight weeks.
Maxwell said the decision to stand down was difficult given his layoff over the summer.
“Representing Australia is the highest honour in cricket and something I cherish,” he said in a Cricket Australia statement.
“I was not confident that I could perform at international level with my elbow in its current state and have decided to undergo surgery straight away to fix the issue.
“I would like to thank Justin Langer, Ben Oliver, Trevor Hohns and the whole Australian squad for their understanding.”
Following Maxwell’s injury revelation, Australian national selector Hohns said the team would miss the all-rounder’s contributions in South Africa.
“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,” Hohns said in the CA statement.
“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.
“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.
Like Glenn, D’Arcy is an inventive, hard-hitting batsman who offers a handy spin-bowling option. We have no doubt he will make a positive contribution to the squad.”
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