Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell is facing uncertainty regarding his participation in the upcoming ODI series against India and the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. Maxwell is currently dealing with ankle soreness, which resulted from a leg injury he sustained at a friend’s birthday party last year. Additionally, he is awaiting the birth of his first child.

While Maxwell still hopes to make a brief appearance during Australia’s ODI series in India later this month, he considers being fit for the World Cup as his top priority. Maxwell has been a key player for Australia in recent World Cup campaigns due to his ability to contribute significantly with both bat and ball, along with his exceptional fielding skills.

“I still want to play some part of that India series. But I’m not feeling any pressure on it. The selectors and the staff have been brilliant with me as well. They don’t want to put too much pressure on me to sort of set that date because they know they’ve got a bit of extra time before the World Cup. So, instead of rushing it and probably putting myself a week or two behind, being able to give myself extra time and make sure we get through the whole tournament, “ Maxwell stated.

Maxwell’s last international appearance was in an ODI against India in March, and he hasn’t played any cricket at any level since a one-off appearance in an English County Championship match for Warwickshire in early July. He was initially slated to participate in the T20I matches during Australia’s tour of South Africa but had to return home due to discomfort in his ankle.

“I don’t think I could have predicted how sore I was going to be once I got to South Africa. But it was one of those things. Even when I went to train that day, I still felt fine. There was nothing wrong. Something just got impinged. I think one of the tendons around my ankle was a little bit inflamed, there’s a bit of swelling, so it kept on catching which meant it just gave me a bit of pain,” Maxwell stated.

“Hopefully, the cortisone takes care of that, and I can get back up and running to where I was just before I went to South Africa. We’ve probably just got to be a bit smarter going forward. Making sure that my preparation is a bit more managed, I think leading into a flight like that. I’m already back in the gym, so I’ll probably get back into full training probably this week, so it won’t be a long turnaround. It’s just knowing that I’m not over the hurdle of the original injury yet.”

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