Watch: Glenn Maxwell takes a blow to the wrist on his return to competitive red-ball cricket

By Daniel S

February 21, 2023

Australia allrounder Glenn Maxwell has been struggling with a major leg fracture. As such, his return to competitive red-ball cricket did not go as planned as the hard-hitter sustained a blow to his wrist, dismissing him from any further action in the game.

Representing Victoria in a Sheffield Shield game against South Australia, Maxwell was fielding in the slip as he attempted to take a catch. However, the ball bounced right in front of the allrounder’s hands, and he copped a blow to his wrist. The 34-year-old immediately went down, holding his wrists and then had to be walked off the pitch.

Here’s a video of the incident:

Glenn Maxwell is eyeing a possible return in the ODIs against India

Reports later revealed that Maxwell had not sustained any fracture; a Cricket Victoria source confirmed the same. However, whether or not the allrounder will come out to bat in the second innings remain blurry. The current game in Maxwell’s first red-ball game in four years, he got out cheaply for five runs in the first innings. The allrounder played a dazzling half-century knock in the Victorian Premier League to prove his fitness for the Sheffield Shield encounter.

Speaking of the game, Victoria attained a 55-run first-innings lead before bowling South Australia out for 114. They are currently batting at 79-3 in the second innings, with Maxwell yet to come out of the pavilion.

Should Maxwell’s fitness remain intact, the white-ball specialist may make a comeback to the national outfit in the ODI series against India. The allrounder shared his thoughts on his lengthy recovery.

“It’s been a pretty long journey over the last three-and-a-half months, so a lot of early morning sessions, gym, rehab, pool sessions, physio. To feel like I am at the back end of that now and able to play some cricket is something I’m proud of. I think probably 80 per cent. I have a fair bit to go until I am fully fit for a one-day game, which is what I’m working towards,” he remarked.