Australia’s in-form allrounder Glenn Maxwell has been concussed after falling off a golf cart and will miss the World Cup clash against England.
Maxwell is under concussion protocols for up to eight days after his second freak accident in the past year.
Last November, Maxwell broke a leg when he slipped while pretending to chase a friend at a birthday party.
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His latest mishap came during the cup in India when, after playing golf with teammates on Monday, he fell off a cart transporting players to the team bus.
Australia’s coach Andrew McDonald expects Maxwell to miss just one game.
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“He’s doing fine, he’ll start some light exercises today and we feel as though it will be a reasonably straightforward return to play protocol,” McDonald told reporters in Bengaluru.
“I suppose the fortunate part was there was no other injury sustained which could have been a lot worse than it is.
“It rattled everyone, to be fair, once it came to the conclusion there was a concussion and he was going to miss a game.
“There was nothing untoward in the behaviour throughout the day, it was a clear-cut accident.
“Unfortunately it has compromised what we are doing as a team.”
Glenn Maxwell fell off a golf cart and suffered concussion ruling him out of the England clash. (AP PHOTO) Credit: AP
Maxwell will continue to be assessed ahead of Australia’s match against England on Saturday at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
His injury paves the way for allrounder Marcus Stoinis to return from a calf ailment while also easing selection pressure on middle-order batsman Marnus Labuschagne.
Labuschagne had been tipped to be replaced by Stoinis, if proven fit, for the fixture against England.
Maxwell’s middle-order batting power will be sorely missed — he smacked the fastest World Cup century, from just 40 balls, against the Netherlands on October 24.
Australia’s Glenn Maxwell hails the quickest ton in the history of the World Cup against the Dutch. Credit: AP
The Victorian followed that record feat with 41 from 24 deliveries in Australia’s five-run win against New Zealand last Saturday.
His absence also robs captain Pat Cummins of a bowling option with the offspinner taking four wickets so far in the tournament.
“There’s no doubt it leaves us a fraction exposed at the back end in terms of how Glenn has been performing,” McDonald said.
“But Marcus Stoinis does become available, all things going well at training today.”
Australia, with three group games remaining, are fourth in the overall standings and in the box seat to secure a semi-final spot.
After meeting arch-foe England, the Australians play Afghanistan on November 7 in Mumbai and Bangladesh on November 11 in Pune.
A list of freak injuries suffered by international cricketers
The in-form allrounder fell off a golf cart and suffered a concussion while on a golf day with the Australian team. Maxwell will now miss the World Cup clash against England.
The star player of England’s first ‘Bazball’ summer in 2022 saw his red-hot run of form come to a shuddering end when he tripped off a tee box during a round at Pannal Golf Club near Harrogate. He suffered three separate fractures in his left leg, as well as a dislocated ankle and ligament damage. It cost him 10 months on the sidelines and at one stage Bairstow feared for his career.
Maxwell’s Australia teammate was another cricketer who saw a relaxing round of golf go wrong. He missed last year’s T20 World Cup on home soil after swinging a six iron, which split at the shaft when it hit the ground. The wicketkeeper suffered a deep cut in his right hand and had to withdraw from the squad.
Jofra Archer needed minor surgery for a cut on his hand after he dropped a fish tank while cleaning at home prior to travelling to England’s tour of India in 2021. The paceman was able to manage the injury on the sub-continent but the then 25-year-old required an operation to remove a small fragment of glass from his hand. A more serious elbow injury was also causing him problems at the time.
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South Africa had to fly Dane Vilas in at short notice to play the third Test against England in January 2016 after fellow wicketkeeper, De Kock, came to grief while taking his two Jack Russell terriers for a morning walk. He fell while doing so, twisted his knee and left the Proteas scrambling to a get a replacement gloveman to the ground on time.
After returning to form and fitness following a lengthy battle with recurring stress fractures, Topley was inked in for a key role in England’s T20 World Cup plans last year. On the eve of the tournament, he tripped on a boundary sponge during a training session and ruptured ankle ligaments. After being ruled out of the competition, which England won, he called for the so-called ‘Toblerones’ to be banned.
Australia paceman McGrath turned his ankle ahead of the second Ashes Test in 2005 when he stepped on a stray cricket ball during a warm-up game of touch rugby. He missed the Test which England won in thrilling fashion to level the series at 1-1. England would go on to take the series 2-1, winning again at Trent Bridge – another match McGrath missed through injury.
England batsman Roy missed Surrey’s Vitality Blast game against Glamorgan in 2018 – and he had only himself to blame. Roy threw a cricket bat in frustration following his dismissal in Surrey’s victory against Hampshire but did not account for the bat bouncing and hitting him in the face, later calling it a “moment of stupidity”.
England wicketkeeper Ben Foakes was ruled out of a Test series against New Zealand in 2021 when he tore his hamstring after slipping on a sock while in the dressing room following Surrey’s County Championship match against Middlesex at the Oval.
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