Glenn Maxwell has provided fresh details about the exact manner in which he broke his leg, revealing his devastation that he'll almost certainly miss out on a potential Test recall for Australia's tour of India early next year. The 34-year-old fractured his left fibula in a bizarre accident during a backyard party for a friend's 50th birthday in Melbourne earlier this month.
The all-rounder subsequently underwent surgery and will miss an extended period of cricket, including the current ODI series against England and start of the Big Bash League season. Maxwell will be sidelined for between eight and 12 weeks, and will likely be ruled out of the four-Test series in India in February and March.
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Speaking on cricket.com.au’s 'Unplayable Podcast' on Tuesday, a devastated Maxwell opened up about how the accident occurred.
“One of my mates, who was also one of my schoolteachers, we were laughing about something and I pretended to chase him off somewhere,” Maxwell said.
“I reckon we both took about three or four steps out there, and both slipped at the same time. I just got my foot stuck a little bit, and he fell, unfortunately at a really bad angle and landed straight on my leg.
“It just snapped. I heard and felt every part of it. It was pretty painful. I was screaming a bit and he was like, ‘please tell me you’re joking, please tell me you’re joking’.”
Maxwell said the most frustrating part of the ordeal is how innocuous it was, with neither himself or his friend believed to be intoxicated at the time.
“I probably didn’t sleep for two days while I was in agony,” Maxwell said. "It was it was a pretty horrible couple of days. My wife was unbelievable through it all.
“I shattered my fibula. So that one I think was the first snap I heard. It was snapped in half, but it also shattered through the bone. There was a bit of a chip off the tibia as well (and) I ruptured all the ligaments on top of my foot as well … the syndesmosis ligaments, they’re all ruptured. I did a good job of it for such an innocuous thing.
“This is the frustrating thing about it all – I’ve done some dumb things on the field, some dumb things off the field, and I’ve never even come close to injuring myself (like this). To do something so innocuously, it’s just frustrating. It was just a nothing incident. It was just a little bit slippery, and all of a sudden there goes a couple of months.”
Glenn Maxwell devastated to miss chance at Test recall
Maxwell said he's gutted that he can't play for Victoria in upcoming Sheffield Shield games in a bid to press his case for Test selection for India.
“I was so excited. Even the couple of sessions that I had with (Victoria assistant coach) Ben Rohrer and the Vics in the couple of days after the last World Cup game – I was working on different things again, much the same as Steve Smith was working on different things behind the scenes," he said.
“It was just exciting again. I feel like I’m always improving when I’m playing this format, I feel like there’s always a space where my technique can get better. It just feels like I make the biggest strides when I’m working on my red-ball game."
However not all hope is lost, with the Melbourne Stars captain said to be targeting a return in the second half of the BBL and still wants to be considered for the blockbuster battle for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in February.
"Speaking to Glenn directly, he's pretty hopeful of getting back towards the end of the BBL tournament and then targeting the Indian Test tour," Stars coach David Hussey told RSN radio last week.
"Everyone knows what a wonderful player of spin he is and he has Indian experience. There's a few goals for him to obtain and that makes the rehabilitation process more focused - so he can try and achieve those goals."
One of the world's finest white-ball cricketers, Maxwell last played a Test back in 2017 but was a strong chance to be included in the squad to tour India in what is likely to be his last chance of earning a place for Australia in the five-day format. On Australia's last tour of India in 2017, Maxwell scored a brilliant 104 in Ranchi. He has played all seven of his Test matches in Asia.
The cricket world has been sending well-wishes to Maxwell on social media after the brutal news emerged.
Freak accidents and cricketers, eh? Glenn Maxwell is out for up to 3 months after breaking his leg at a friend’s birthday party. Awful timing for him, although I guess there’s never a good time for injury.
— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) November 13, 2022
— pjmeade (@pjmeade) November 13, 2022
It’s an Australian summer of cricket without an injured Glenn Maxwell. Sad.
— David Bowmaker (@david_bowmaker) November 20, 2022
Damn that's a sad news. Didn't see it coming 😢 wish you a speedy recovery Max ❤️
— Arthur (@ArtRay_713) November 13, 2022
Sad... Wishing for his speedy recovery. 🙏
— Deepak (@deepakkmohanty) November 13, 2022
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