Former India player turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra feels Glenn Maxwell’s concussion-induced absence from Australia’s 2023 World Cup clash against England will weaken in their spin bowling. The two arch-rivals will play against each other at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Saturday, November 4. However, Maxwell has been ruled out of the game because of a concussion sustained after a fall from a golf cart as well.
Reflecting on that in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra said: “Glenn Maxwell – is this team not different? Adam Zampa was swimming with his eyes closed and hit his head on the wall. Glenn Maxwell was hanging on the back of a golf cart, he fell and got a concussion. He won’t be available for the England game. Sometimes you feel that they are deliberately trying that there should be some injuries in their account, something should be there in their team. You are unbelievable. How do you do this? This team already had only two spinners, now they will have to get Travis Head to bowl spin, they don’t have any other spinners.”
Meanwhile, Adam Zampa is the only specialist spinner for Australia as well. However, Maxwell has performed well as the second spinner, picking up four wickets in five innings which came at an impressive economy rate of 4.82 as well. Aakash Chopra also stated that Australia shouldn’t give England any chance to stage a comeback in the tournament as well.
“Why are you even allowing England to breathe? They are already a team that has collapsed. As they say – when a wrestler has fallen, you should pin him down. You should crush him and not allow him to get away. So you should have tried to do that but Glenn Maxwell won’t be available for this game. It’s an interesting one because based on the concussion rules, he will remain under observation for the next five or six days, and will only be available after that,” Aakash Chopra concluded.