Maxwell ruled out for South Africa tour, CA names replacement
Australia star batsman Glenn Maxwell has been ruled out the upcoming limited-overs tour of South Africa, requiring surgery on his left elbow.
The 31-year-old had the injury throughout the latter stages of the Big Bash League (BBL). But it is understood that the pain “had increaded” following Saturday’s final between Sydney Sixers and Melbourne Stars.
In a statement, Maxwell clarified that he did not want to be a part of the tour if he knew he wasn’t at 100%.
“Representing Australia is the highest honour in cricket and something I cherish. I was not confident that I could perform at international level with my elbow in its current state and have decided to undergo surgery straight away to fix the issue.”
As per the statement from Cricket Australia, they were disappointed to lose Maxwell so close to the tour, but now they are presenting the opportunity to another man.
“An opportunity has now presented itself for D’Arcy [Short] and we’re confident he’ll make the most of whatever opportunities come his way in South Africa. Like Glenn, D’Arcy is an inventive, hard-hitting batsman who offers a handy spin-bowling option. We have no doubt he will make a positive contribution to the squad,” said national selector Trevor Hohns.
Short was also the man brought into the squad when Sean Abbott was ruled out of the three-match ODI tour of India in January. But despite being one of the four stand-by players named by the NSP, BBL’s top run-scorer Marcus Stoinis has once again been overlooked.
Australia will play three T20Is and as many ODIs against South Africa, with the tour scheduled to kickstart on February 22.