AUSTRALIA TOUR OF INDIA, 2023
Maxwell rues slow recovery from leg injury after Australia recall
by crickethighlights.one Staff • Published on Thu, Feb 23, 2023
Close on the heels of being named in the Australia squad for the upcoming three-match ODI series in India. Glenn Maxwell has admitted that his recovery from a leg injury did not happen as fast as he would have liked. And that he would have preferred having some cricket matches under his belt before returning to the international circuit.
Maxwell hasn’t played international cricket since breaking his leg in a freak accident at a birthday party in November last year. He had fractured his left fibula after slipping while running in a backyard and had to undergo a surgery.
“It probably hasn’t happened as fast as I would have liked. I probably would have liked to be playing cricket a little bit earlier. But I think the fact that I knew the timeline for the one-day side – and that was probably the realistic goal – I was able to manipulate my rehab program to fit the timeline that I was racing against.” Said Maxwell on Thursday (February 23).
Now that he is back in the squad. Maxwell is looking forward to the ODI series as part of his preparations for the World Cup in India later this year. While he also said his participation in the IPL will help him get used to the Indian conditions further.
“Having not played for three-and-a-half months. I made a conscious decision to make sure I filled up my calendar with cricket to lead into that World Cup at the back end of the year. Obviously there’s the one-day series which is going to be a big series. Especially with the World Cup in India at the back end of the year.
“It will be a good opportunity for us to try and work out some things and get our game plan ready for the back end of the year, as well as having the IPL straight after it. [It is about] getting used to the Indian conditions again and spending a lot of time working on my game over there, which will then lead into to the Blast and the Hundred.”
Maxwell did recently feature in Victoria’s Sheffield Shield match against South Australia which his team won by 177 runs. But he contributed only 5 in the first innings and was dismissed for a duck in the second. And did not bowl in either innings. Maxwell, meanwhile. Won’t participate in the upcoming List A games for his state side as he tries to get back to 100% fitness.
“Even just looking at the data from the last day of the Shield game. I started to get back to what a full one-day game looks like. So that time on my feet, that speed back up, it’s all heading in the right direction. I always said I was building towards that one-day series in the back of my mind. So now I’m sort of closer to that workload that I need to be at. It’s about trying to maintain that. Get the pace back up, and then hopefully. In a couple of weeks’ time be 100%,” said Maxwell. Who added that he wasn’t quite there where he needed to be mentally in terms of batting during the Shield game.
“Probably, mentally, batting in that position, I probably wasn’t quite there. In the nets, you can do all the hard work. But to try and get that mental application back in a game is obviously a different thing. So that’s probably something I’m working on over the next few games – club cricket on Saturday and the Shield game as well. A few more hits out there, and just try and build up that match intensity,” Maxwell said.