Glenn Maxwell's injury layoff revealed in untimely BBL blow for Melbourne Stars

The Aussie all-rounder has suffered a number of injuries in recent times.

Glenn Maxwell.
Glenn Maxwell will miss at least one game for the Melbourne Stars in the BBL. Image: Getty

Glenn Maxwell has been ruled out of the Melbourne Stars' next BBL game against the Perth Scorchers in the latest injury setback for the Aussie star. The all-rounder suffered a forearm injury in the Stars' 103-run loss to the Brisbane Heat in a horror start to their BBL campaign last Thursday night.

They will be desperate to bounce back pretty quickly - but face the daunting prospect of playing the back-to-back champions in their next game on Wednesday. And they will have to do so without Maxwell and veteran bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile.

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Maxwell, who was one of the heroes of Australia's recent Cricket World Cup triumph, was hurt while batting against the Heat and finished with ice on his forearm. The Stars have revealed that he will miss at least one game, but that might end up being more.

"Biggest forearms in the world and he's pulled a muscle," teammate Hilton Cartwright scoffed about Maxwell's injury. "He's had a nice break, came back super positive and he's still super positive (after the loss). On a night like tonight you've got to keep reminding yourself you're not a bad team."

The news about Coulter-Nile is even worse after he sustained a suspected calf strain. The 36-year-old needed a runner when he came out to bat at No.11 and will have scans over the weekend.

"Unfortunately he's got a history of calves," Cartwright said of Coulter-Nile. "Hoping it's just the one game and he'll be back after that."

Nathan Coulter-Nile.
Nathan Coulter-Nile in action for the Melbourne Stars. (Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images) (Getty Images)

Glenn Maxwell's recent run of injuries continues

While the news that Maxwell might only miss one game should be seen as a positive, it comes after a string of injuries in recent months. He famously broke his leg in a freak accident at a friend's birthday party late last year, and missed a recent white-ball tour of South Africa after re-injuring his ankle at training. He was ruled out of Australia's game against England at the World Cup after falling off a golf cart on a day off and suffering a concussion.

Thankfully he was able to take his place in Australia's side for the majority of the World Cup in India, producing a number of memorable moments as his side won the trophy. He made the highest score by an Australian men's player in ODI history when he blasted 201 not out off 128 balls against Afghanistan in the group stage. The incredible innings saw the Aussies avoid a disastrous loss after they'd slumped to 7-91 while chasing 292.

Glenn Maxwell in action in the BBL.
Glenn Maxwell in action for the Melbourne Stars against the Brisbane Heat in the BBL. (Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images) (Getty Images)

Maxwell's knock eclipsed Shane Watson's 184 as the highest-ever ODI score from an Australian male player. It also marked just the third time in history that a male batter had surpassed 200 at the World Cup, joining Martin Guptill (237 not out in 2015) and Chris Gayle (215 in 2015).

Earlier in the tournament he smashed the fastest century in World Cup history with a 40-ball ton, and backed it up with the joint-fastest hundred by an Australian men's player in a T20 international against India after the World Cup. He brought up his century off just 47 balls - equalling the record shared by Aaron Finch and Josh Inglis for the fastest Aussie ton from a men's player in a T20 international.

Stars fans were hoping he'd be able to continue the fireworks in the BBL, but he only managed 23 off 14 balls on Thursday night before he was injured. Fans are hoping he can get back sooner rather than later and not miss too much time.

with AAP

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