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Short Replaces Maxwell for Qantas Tour of South Africa

Short Replaces Maxwell for Qantas Tour of South Africa
Short Replaces Maxwell for Qantas Tour of South Africa
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Glenn Maxwell has stood down from the Qantas tour of South Africa to undergo surgery to his left elbow and will be replaced by D’Arcy Short in both the Australian men’s 20- and 50-over squads.

Maxwell informed Australian team medical staff that pain in the elbow he had been managing through KFC BBL09 had increased over the weekend and he was subsequently reviewed by Cricket Victoria’s Dr Trefor James, Australian Team Doctor Richard Saw and a specialist surgeon in Melbourne.

Imaging scans revealed some loose fragments of bone within his elbow joint that explained the pain that Maxwell had been experiencing.

Maxwell will undergo arthroscopic surgery this Thursday, thus ruling him out of the tour of South Africa. It is expected he will require six-to-eight weeks before he is ready to return to playing.

National Selector Trevor Hohns said it was regrettable to lose Maxwell from the South African tour, but was excited by the introduction of Short to the squad.

Short was one of four stand-by players identified by the National Selection Panel when the original 20- and 50-over squads for the tour of South Africa were chosen.

“We are disappointed to lose Glenn this close to the tour as we were looking forward to welcoming him back to the national side in both the 20- and 50-over formats after his break during the summer,” Hohns said. “Unfortunately, the pain he has experienced in the elbow in the latter stages of the BBL increased over the weekend and he will have surgery immediately to rectify the situation.

“An opportunity has now presented itself for D’Arcy and we’re confident he’ll make the most of whatever opportunities come his way in South Africa. Like Glenn, D’Arcy is an inventive, hard-hitting batsman who offers a handy spin-bowling option. We have no doubt he will make a positive contribution to the squad.”

Maxwell said the decision to stand down from the South African tour was difficult.

“Representing Australia is the highest honour in cricket and something I cherish,” Maxwell said. “I was not confident that I could perform at international level with my elbow in its current state and have decided to undergo surgery straight away to fix the issue.

“I would like to thank Justin Langer, Ben Oliver, Trevor Hohns and the whole Australian squad for their understanding.”

Australian T20 International Squad

Aaron Finch (c) (Victoria)
Sean Abbott (New South Wales)
Ashton Agar (Western Australia)
Alex Carey (vc) (South Australia)
Pat Cummins (vc) (New South Wales)
Mitchell Marsh (Western Australia)
Jhye Richardson (Western Australia)
Kane Richardson (South Australia)
D’Arcy Short (Western Australia)
Steve Smith (New South Wales)
Mitchell Starc (New South Wales)
Matthew Wade (Tasmania)
David Warner (New South Wales)
Adam Zampa (South Australia)

Australian One-Day International Squad

Aaron Finch (c) (Victoria)
Ashton Agar (Western Australia)
Alex Carey (vc) (South Australia)
Pat Cummins (vc) (New South Wales)
Josh Hazlewood (New South Wales)
Marnus Labuschagne (Queensland)
Mitchell Marsh (Western Australia)
Kane Richardson (South Australia)
D’Arcy Short (Western Australia)
Steve Smith (New South Wales)
Mitchell Starc (New South Wales)
Matthew Wade (Tasmania)
David Warner (New South Wales)
Adam Zampa (South Australia)

Qantas Tour of South Africa:

February 21 – First T20I, Johannesburg (6pm SAST, 9am AEDT + 1 day)
February 23 – Second T20I, Port Elizabeth (2.30pm SAST, 11.30pm AEDT)
February 26 – Third T20I, Cape Town (6pm SAST, 9am AEDT + 1 day)
February 29 – First ODI, Paarl (1pm SAST, 10pm AEDT)
March 4 – Second ODI, Bloemfontein (1pm SAST, 10pm AEDT)
March 7 – Third ODI, Potchefstroom (10am SAST, 7pm AEDT)


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