Glenn Maxwell ruled out of South Africa T20Is, Matthew Wade named replacement

Australia will tour South Africa where they will play three T20Is followed by a five-match ODI series against the Proteas. The first T20I is scheduled to be held in Durban on Wednesday, August 30. Australia have suffered a huge blow as Maxwell has been ruled out of the T20I series with an ankle injury. The experienced campaigner injured himself during Australia’s first training session in Durban.

As Maxwell’s replacement, the Aussies have called up wicketkeeper-batter Matthew Wade to the side. Australia selector Tony Dodemaide explained that Maxwell was being withdrawn from the squad with an eye on the upcoming three-match ODI series against India. The 34-year-old was scheduled to leave the squad following the T20I series against South Africa due to the imminent birth of his first child. He would then rejoin the team in India for the ODI series.

“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 was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

Glenn Maxwell suffered ankle injury on his surgically repaired left leg

The star batter broke his leg when his friend accidentally fell on his left leg in November 2022. He had to go through surgery on his fractured fibula. Maxwell has a metal plate fitted on his left leg and he has now injured his ankle on the same.

However, Dodemaide has stated that he is being withdrawn from the Australia squad for the T20I against South Africa as more of a safety-first approach. Cricket fans should feel relieved after knowing this.