Australia suffered a major injury blow midway through their ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 campaign after Glenn Maxwell was diagnosed with a concussion. The all-rounder will be ruled out of their next match against England after falling from the back of a golf cart while returning from the clubhouse to the team bus.
Australian head coach Andrew McDonald has confirmed that Maxwell is doing fine and will start some light exercises today. However, he will need to follow a return-to-play protocol and is unlikely to be available for the next match.
Glenn Maxwell’s absence is a huge blow to Australia, as he has been one of their most important players in the tournament so far. He has scored 251 runs at an average of 50.20 and a strike rate of 167.33, and has also taken 10 wickets at an average of 25.10.
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Maxwell’s all-round ability gives Australia a lot of flexibility in their batting order and bowling attack. His absence will leave a big hole to fill, and it will be interesting to see how Australia replace him in the team for the match against England. McDonald has said that Marcus Stoinis is likely to come into the team for Maxwell, but he is not a direct replacement.
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Marcus Stoinis is a more traditional batsman than Maxwell, and he is not as effective with his bowling. Australia will also need to decide whether to replace Maxwell with another batsman or another bowler. If they choose to replace him with another batsman, they will have to sacrifice some of their bowling depth. If they choose to replace him with another bowler, they will have to sacrifice some of their batting firepower.
No matter what decision they make, Australia will be a weaker team without Maxwell. He is one of their most talented players, and he is a key part of their plans to win the World Cup.
Glenn Maxwell’s injury is a major setback for Australia, but it is not necessarily fatal. They have enough depth in their squad to cope with his absence, but they will need to find a way to replace his all-round ability. Marcus Stoinis is the most likely candidate to replace Maxwell in the team, but he is not a direct replacement. Stoinis is a more traditional batsman than Maxwell, and he is not as effective with his bowling.