Big Blow For Australia Before ODI World Cup, Star All-rounder Likely To Miss The ODI Series Against India

The upcoming ODI World Cup in 2023 is approaching and it is scheduled to commence on October 5th in India. Before this mega event, the Australian team is among the top contenders for clinching the prestigious title. The team is currently facing a challenging period in terms of player fitness as several players from the Australian cricket team are out of the field due to injury.

Renowned all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has expressed the importance of very careful preparation in order to be in top form in the upcoming tournament. Maxwell was part of Australia’s recent T20I series in South Africa but had to withdraw due to an ankle soreness issue. Australia is scheduled to face India in an ODI series prior to the World Cup, and Maxwell has indicated his desire to regain fitness for that series. However, there’s a possibility that he might have to skip the series in order to ensure his readiness for the World Cup.

According to ESPNCricinfo, Maxwell said,”I still want to play some part of that India series, but I’m not feeling any pressure on it. The selectors and the staff have been brilliant with me as well. They don’t want to put too much pressure on me to sort of set that date because they know they’ve got a bit of extra time before the World Cup. So instead of rushing it and probably putting myself a week or two behind, being able to give myself extra time and make sure we get through the whole tournament.”

The 34-year-old is scheduled to have a meeting with Cricket Australia’s medical team on Monday, September 4, to delve deeper into his fitness situation. This meeting will play a pivotal role in determining his travel plans for the upcoming series in India and the World Cup.

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Maxwell said,”I don’t think I could have predicted how sore I was going to be once I got to South Africa, but it was one of those things. Even when I went to train that day, I still felt fine. There was nothing wrong. Something just got impinged. I think one of the tendons around my ankle was a little bit inflamed, there’s a bit of swelling, so it kept on catching, which meant it just gave me a bit of pain.”

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