There is a sense of anticipation around Australia’s upcoming Test tour of India. The series will be essential in determining the top two spots in the World Test Championship.
No wonder, star Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell rues missing out the Border-Gavaskar Trophy due to a freak injury.
Maxwell had sustained a broken tibula in his left leg in November last year during a friend’s birthday party, which put him out of action for three months.
“Probably will nag at me for the rest of my life,” said Maxwell while doing commentary during a Big Bash League game on Fox Cricket.
“It’s nice getting the opportunity to watch your teammates play, especially over there. I think they’ve got the squad that’s probably as good as I’ve seen go over to India since I’ve been watching Tests over there, anyway.”
The highly-anticipated Test series between India and Australia is slated to get underway on February 9 in Nagpur. Delhi will host the second Test from February 17 while Dharamshala and Ahmedabad will stage the third and fourth Tests from March 1 and March 9, respectively.
The Test series will be followed by three ODIs — Mumbai (March 17), Visakhapatnam (March 19) and Chennai (March 22). While Maxwell will miss the Tests, he is likely to feature in the white-ball series.
“He’s not going to make it by the end of the BBL, unfortunately. But he’s very diligent in his return to play with his rehab. He’s been down to the St Kilda Football Club a bit and has been at the Junction Oval with Cricket Victoria,” Melbourne Stars coach David Hussey had told SEN earlier this month.
“I dare say towards the end of January, he may be available or hitting some cricket balls to try and get back to play some state cricket and Shield cricket to hopefully get on that plane for the One-Day tour of India for Australia.”