A freak injury has ruled Glenn Maxwell out of the upcoming World Cup match against England. The match is scheduled to be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Saturday (November 4).
According to a report in ESPNcricinfo, the Australia allrounder suffered a concussion in a golf-related incident on Monday (October 30) and will not be available for the upcoming game. Glenn Maxwell was holding onto a golf cart on the way back from the clubhouse to the team bus when he lost his grip and fell off.
The report further stated that he is likely to remain under concussion protocols for six to eight days which effectively rules him out of the game against England. Marcus Stoinis is likely to replace him in the Australia playing eleven for the forthcoming game. Cameron Green will also be in contention as a replacement.
Both Stoinis and Green were on the bench when Australia played against New Zealand in their last World Cup assignment. With Travis Head back in the playing eleven, Australia played with two allrounders – Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Marsh.
Glenn Maxwell’s absence a huge blow Australia eye semifinal spot:
Missing a player of Glenn Maxwell’s stature will definitely be a big blow to Australia. The allrounder has impressed with both bat and ball in recent times. Earlier in the World Cup, he had smashed a 40-ball century against the Netherlands before scoring 41 off just 24 balls against New Zealand in addition to picking up a wicket.
Australia will be hoping that his absence does not hurt them much as they look to take another step towards the semifinals. After starting their campaign with two defeats, the five-time champions have got their campaign back on track with 4 wins in a row. Another win will very much put them in a good place to progress to the semifinal. After the game against England, they will lock horns against Afghanistan and Bangladesh.