Surgery forces Maxwell out of South Africa tour


Elbow surgery: Glenn Maxwell.Credit:Getty Images

Glenn Maxwell’s return to national duties is set to be delayed until at least the middle of the year with the explosive all-rounder set to undergo elbow surgery on Thursday.

Maxwell had been experiencing elbow pain during the Big Bash League while playing for the Melbourne Stars, with scans revealing loose fragments of bone within his left elbow joint.

Opting for surgery, Maxwell has been removed from the squads for Australia’s Twenty20 and one-day international tour of South Africa, replaced by D’Arcy Short.

Maxwell is set to miss around six to eight weeks, also leaving him in major doubt for white-ball series against New Zealand next month.

The Victorian missed some of Australia’s T20 internationals against Sri Lanka and Pakistan earlier this season after taking a break from the game for mental health reasons before missing selection for the ODI tour of India.

“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,” national selector Trevor Hohns said.

“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.”

Maxwell thanked CA for their understanding.

“Representing Australia is the highest honour in cricket and something I cherish,” Maxwell said.

“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.”

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