Australian cricketer Glenn Maxwell has opened up about the feeling of missing out on a Test recall after a freak accident broke his leg and ended any opportunity. Maxwell was potentially in line for a national recall to the Australian Test team ahead of their tour of India in February.
Maxwell is a brilliant player of spin and could have been an option with both the bat and ball for the turning conditions. However, Maxwell suffered a broken leg at a friend's birthday party back in November.
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The injury has seen Maxwell miss the start of the BBL season and all but ruined his dream of a return to the Australian Test side for next month's tour of India. The accident was so bad it resulted in Maxwell learning how to walk again after plenty of sleepless nights.
Earlier in the month, Maxwell revealed the good news that he had returned to the nets and was hitting the ball after the accident. Maxwell again appeared on Fox Sports during the Big Bash clash between the Melbourne Renegades and the Adelaide Strikers.
And in a tough admission, Maxwell said that the accident has been tough to deal with ahead of a potential dream recall for the national side. “Probably will nag at me for the rest of my life,” Maxwell said during commentary.
“It’s nice getting the opportunity to watch your teammates play, especially over there. I think they’ve got the squad that’s probably as good as I’ve seen go over to India since I’ve been watching Tests over there, anyway.
“With the way Cameron Green showed his wares in Sri Lanka last year, they were some brilliant signs of guys adapting their gameplan to the conditions, and being able to implement it straight away.”
Maxwell told a powerful story of relearning to walk throughout his rehabilitation as gave himself a goal of returning to cricket in time for the India Tour. The ODI specialist said he used the setback as motivation to return to cricket the fittest he could for the backend of his career.
While Maxwell has made a huge recovery, the allrounder admitted there was still a long way to go on the journey.
Glenn Maxwell returns to the nets after injury
Earlier in the month, Maxwell admitted on Channel 7 - during the Melbourne Stars' clash with the Adelaide Strikers - that he had been batting in the nets ahead of schedule.
"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."
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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