Glenn Maxwell is not giving up hope of being fit and picked for Australia‘s Test tour of India next February and is hoping be return from a broken leg before the end of the BBL.
Melbourne Stars coach David Hussey revealed the bold hope for his injured captain who suffered a compound fracture to the lower leg at a 50th birthday party last weekend.
Australian coach Andrew McDonald also wouldn’t rule out the potential for Maxwell to possibly join the tour of India late, pending his rehab from surgery last weekend.
The 34-year-old had been doing secret red-ball training sessions and planned to play two Sheffield Shield games to push his claims for a call-up to the Test team next year.
Maxwell narrowly missed a return to the Test side in Sri Lanka and was next man in twice when Travis Head overcame fitness issues in Galle.
Despite reports he could be spending as much as three months recovering from the injury, Maxwell was not willing to give up on the tour of India, Hussey said.
“I think that’s at the back of his mind,” Hussey said on Wednesday.
“There’s no dates have been set for his comeback, but speaking to Glenn directly, he’s pretty hopeful of being back at the end of the BBL and then targeting the Indian Test tour.
“There’s a few goals for him to obtain and that makes the rehabilitation all more focused.”
The Stars begin their BBL campaign on December 13, with games until their last home and away match on January 25 next year.
McDonald said the timeline given by medical staff meant Maxwell could yet be able to push his claims, while conceding the long time out of cricket went against him.
“I think it becomes tight. Any rehab you go through you have to hit the markers as you go along and any type of setback can push you back,” he told SEN.
“It will be able how he can settle the pain, go about his rehab. The time frame, we think, is realistic. They always give you a bracket of weeks. There is somewhere in that the opportunity to push his case.
“The other thing is we are over there (India) for a long time … we have a big gap between Test matches two and three. He could miss the start of the tour and be available for the back-end as well. First and foremost, he’s got a long way to go.
“Any time you miss long period and you have long term injuries it does set you back. Some do it better than others. It’s seeing it in front f us when he gets back out there.
“There’s no doubt missing content doesn’t help. But we also know he can, in those conditions, offer us something.”
Hussey conceded Maxwell was nearly impossible to replace and said he’d even sent a cheeky message to Australian star Steve Smith, who doesn’t have a Big Bash contract, to gauge his interest.
“He’s arguably one of the top five all-time T20 players. He’s going to be rather difficult to replace,” Hussey told RSN.
“There’s not too many Glenn Maxwells floating around in Australia because we have to replace him with a local player.”
Hussey suggested star Australian spinner Adam Zampa, a Stars stalwart, could replace Maxwell as captain given he’ll be available for the whole tournament, with no international limited overs cricket following the three ODIs against England.