Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has given the details of how he broke his leg in a freak accident at his friend’s birthday party, as well as his chances of making it to the India tour next year.
Maxwell was ruled out of cricket action for an indefinite period as he is currently recovering from surgery on his fractured fibula, which he suffered while enjoying a birthday party after Australia’s exit from the recent T20 World Cup 2022.
The star all-rounder revealed that he is very likely to miss Australia's tour of India in February-March 2023. Notably, Australia is scheduled to play four Tests and three ODIs on its India tour next year.
Glenn Maxwell told Cricket Australia's 'Unplayable Podcast': “There's a time limit on when they're going to announce that squad to India and to be fair, there's a high chance that I won't make it. They're obviously going have to see me playing cricket and they're obviously going to have to take a big risk if they do take me.”
Revealing the details about his accident, the all-rounder recalled: “One of my mates, who was also one of my schoolteachers, we were laughing about something and I pretended to chase him off somewhere. I reckon we both took about three or four steps out there, and both slipped at the same time.”
He added, “I just got my foot stuck a little bit, and he fell, unfortunately at a really bad angle and landed straight on my leg. It just snapped. I heard and felt every part of it. It was pretty painful. I was screaming a bit and he was like, 'please tell me you're joking, please tell me you're joking.”
Maxwell revealed that he couldn’t sleep for two days following the freak accident due to pain.
He continued, “I probably didn't sleep for two days while I was in agony. It was a pretty horrible couple of days. My wife was unbelievable through it all. I shattered my fibula. So that one I think was the first snap I heard. It was snapped in half, but it also shattered through the bone.”
He signed off by saying, “There was a bit of a chip off the tibia as well (and) I ruptured all the ligaments on top of my foot as well... the syndesmosis ligaments, they're all ruptured. I did a good job of it for such an innocuous thing. This is the frustrating thing about it all - I've done some dumb things on the field, some dumb things off the field, and I've never even come close to injuring myself.”
(With PTI Inputs)