Glenn Maxwell has revealed he made his return to the nets this week after suffering a freak broken leg at a friend's birthday party in November. The injury has seen Maxwell miss the start of the BBL season and ruined his dream of a return to the Australian Test side for next month's tour of India.
Maxwell previously said he basically had to teach himself how to walk again and initially feared that his cricket career might be over. But speaking to Channel 7 during the Melbourne Stars' clash with the Adelaide Strikers in the BBL on Thursday night, the all-rounder revealed he's been batting in the nets ahead of schedule.
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"I got back in the nets yesterday (Wednesday), which was quite exciting," Maxwell told Trent Copeland. "It was a bit of a rude shock to a few of the physios.
"I got a bit excited in there, trying to play a few shots and do a few things. I had a bit of a bowl as well off one step. It was really exciting. It was probably the first time in a long while that I've been excited for training."
The news had cricket fans delighted after some hairy moments for the much-loved star.
Maxwell had previously revealed that he was still eyeing a spot in Australia's squad for a four-Test series against India. However he wasn't part of the squad when it was named this week.
Maxwell played the last of his seven Test matches in 2017 and hasn't played a first-class fixture since 2019. He was added to Australia's red-ball squad that toured Sri Lanka last winter.
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Earlier this week Maxwell said his doctors are confident he will make a full recovery as long as he follows an extensive rehabilitation program. “I had to teach myself how to walk, which was pretty bizarre because the actual joint was so swollen and tight that it was basically like having two blocks of wood nailed together,” the 34-year-old said on Fox Sports' coverage of the BBL.
“There was no real movement, no flexion at all. I had to teach myself how to get the courage to walk forward over the top of my foot and go heel to toe.
“I started looking forward, thinking: ‘You know what? I’m going to make this recovery the best possible recovery possible. I’m going to come back early and stronger than ever.’
“I started to try and use it as a motivation factor instead of: ‘Oh no why has this happened to me?’ I tried to turn it around and think about how I can finish the back-end of my career and be the fittest I’ve been, healthiest and most motivated.
“I’m really proud of how much work I’ve put in day and night. I’ve had a lot of sleepless nights icing and trying to get myself ready, nights sleeping on the couch with pillows all around my foot and ice packs shoved into my boot.”
Maxwell previously revealed how his wife came to his aid when he was at his lowest point following the injury. He said last year: “I probably didn’t sleep for two days while I was in agony. 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."
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