Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has been ruled out of the upcoming T20I series against South Africa after hurting his ankle during a team’s training session.
In Maxwell’s absence, Matthew Wade has been recalled to Australia’s side, with the veteran receiving a call-up for the series against South Africa and could provide another wicket-keeping option alongside Josh Inglis.
Maxwell, 34, is likely to recover from the injury in time for Australia’s World Cup campaign, national selector Tony Dodemaide said no risks would be taken with the all-rounder given his injury history that includes the freak leg injury he picked up at a friend’s party late last year.
Dodemaide is confident Maxwell will make a comeback during Australia’s ODI series against India at the end of next month and be fully fit for the World Cup.
“We are taking a precautionary approach, given Glenn was heading home next week in any case. We will monitor Glenn’s recovery with a view to him being available for the three-match ODI series in India in advance of the World Cup,” Dodemaide said.
The T20I series gets underway in Durban on Wednesday with all three matches played in the same city across five days.