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Australia news – ‘It was snapped in half’

Glenn Maxwell has revealed the gruesome details of how he broke his leg in a “harmless” incident at a birthday party and believes it is very unlikely he will be fit for the India Test tour next year, although he hasn’t given up hope .

Maxwell has been sidelined indefinitely after breaking his leg when a friend fell on his leg during a 50th birthday party on Nov. 19.

In conversation with Cricket Australia Unplayable podcast from his home while recovering from surgery on his broken fibula, Maxwell explained how the incident had played out on wet artificial turf in the backyard of a friend’s house.

“One of my friends, who was also one of my schoolteachers, we laughed about something and I pretended to chase him away from something,” said Maxwell.

“I think we both took about three or four steps there and both slipped at the same time. My foot just kind of got stuck and it fell, unfortunately at a really bad angle, landing right on my leg.

“It just broke. I heard and felt every part of it. It was pretty painful. I screamed a little bit and he said ‘please tell me you’re kidding, please tell me you’re kidding’.”

Maxwell lay on the ground in pain for 50 minutes as friends had to protect him from the rain outside before finally taking him to hospital.

There’s a time limit on when they’re going to announce that team to India and to be honest there’s a good chance I won’t make it. Obviously they’ll need to see me play cricket and of course they’ll have to take a big risk if they hire me.

“I probably didn’t sleep for two days while I was in pain,” Maxwell said. “It was a pretty awful few days. My wife was incredible through it all.

“I shattered my fibula. So I think that was the first blow I heard. It was broken in two, but it also broke through the bone.

“There was also a piece of the tibia missing [and] I also tore all the ligaments on top of my foot… the syndesmosis ligaments, they are all torn. I did well for something so innocent.

“This is the frustrating thing about it all: I’ve done stupid things on the pitch, stupid things off the pitch and I’ve never come close to getting injured.

“To do something so innocent, it’s just frustrating. It was just nothing incident. The number of times I’ve jumped into a pool and disappeared, ‘that was probably a little shallower than I thought’, and hadn’t even had a scratch , not even a bruise or anything, not even a rolled ankle.

“It was just kind of slippery, and suddenly there are a few months.”

Maxwell was particularly frustrated when he missed Victoria’s next two Sheffield Shield matches against Tasmania and New South Wales as they would be his first red ball games since 2019, after coming agonizingly close to a surprise Test recall in Sri Lanka earlier this year . Maxwell worked on his red-ball stroke with Victoria batting coach Ben Rohrer in the days following Australia’s T20 World Cup departure before breaking his leg.

He hoped to push through his plea for a Test recall during the four-Test tour of India next year, but now realizes that dream is fading.

“There’s a time limit on when they’re going to announce that selection to India and to be honest, there’s a good chance I won’t make it,” said Maxwell.

“Obviously they need to see me play cricket and of course they will have to take a big risk if they hire me.

“But I think that’s probably why I don’t want to set dates or timelines for me to come back to. I’d love to be okay, but I’m a slave to how my body recovers and how quickly I can imagine that I’ll get my strength back and then go back to playing cricket.”

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