Australia have seemingly been dealt another injury blow as Glenn Maxwell continues to bid for a swift return to the team at the Cricket World Cup in India.
Maxwell has been ruled out of Australia’s game against England on Saturday night after falling out of a cart while playing golf, but is pressing his case to make a return against Afghanistan on Tuesday.
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According to Daniel Cherny, Maxwell was put through his paces at Australia’s optional training session at Narendra Modi Stadium on Friday night.
He did shuttle runs inside the stadium before facing about 10 overs of slow bowling in the nets, having completed a lighter session on Thursday.
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Glenn Maxwell was put through his paces at training on Friday night. Credit: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images
But the positive signs for Maxwell were tempered by a scare to young spinner, Tanveer Sangha.
The leg-spinner is not part of Australia’s 15-player squad for the tournament but has travelled with the team as a reserve.
He was bowling in the nets on Friday night before appearing to have work done on him by team physio Nick Jones and eventually leaving the ground.
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Sangha is part of Australia’s squad set to face India in five T20 matches after the World Cup.
It’s the latest blow for the Aussies, who have already had to endure the loss of left-arm tweaker Ashton Agar to a calf injury, Maxwell, and star allrounder Mitch Marsh, who had to fly home for personal reasons, but has declared he will be back.
Former Australia captain Tim Paine was critical of the decisions that led to Maxwell’s injury.
“It’s astonishing really,” Paine said on SEN.
“It’s very unlucky. I’m laughing because we’re talking about in the middle of a World Cup, a key player in a professional sporting team, having a concussion from falling off the back of a golf cart.
“You’ve got to see the funny side of it. It’s not ideal. But it’s so ridiculous that it’s hilarious really.
“At the same time, it’s disappointing. Glenn Maxwell would be shattered.
“He didn’t mean to do this. It is a freak accident. From his point of view and the team’s point of view, they’d be shattered
“It’s just frustrating when stuff like that happens in such a big tournament or a big series and it is avoidable, but it is an accident.
“I can see how important it for players is to have that time away from the game. But he could play 72 holes, he could play 150 holes, I couldn’t care less. Just don‘t get on the back of a golf cart.”
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