Glenn Maxwell has revealed the full extent of his freak injury, with the Australian all-rounder set to miss the majority of the home summer.
After playing every game in Australia’s T20 World Cup campaign, Maxwell suffered a broken leg during a 50th birthday party and ended the hopes of a Test recall.
The 34-year-old was mucking around with an old school teacher, before both men slipped and fell at the same time, with the latter landing on Maxwell’s leg and damaging multiple bones and ligaments.
Speaking with the The Unplayable Podcast, Maxwell opened up on the ‘innocuous’ incident and the agony he found himself in.
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“One of my mates, who was also one of my schoolteachers, we were laughing about something and I pretended to chase him off somewhere,” he said.
“I reckon we both took about three or four steps out there, and both slipped at the same time. I just got my foot stuck a little bit, and he fell, unfortunately at a really bad angle and landed straight on my leg.
“It just snapped. I heard and felt every part of it. It was pretty painful. I was screaming a bit and he was like ‘please tell me you’re joking’.
“I probably didn’t sleep for two days while I was in agony. It was it was a pretty horrible couple of days. My wife was unbelievable through it all.
“I shattered my fibula…that one I think was the first snap I heard. It was snapped in half, but it also shattered through the bone. There was a bit of a chip off the tibia as well…I ruptured all the ligaments on top of my foot as well – the syndesmosis ligaments, they’re all ruptured.
“I did a good job of it for such an innocuous thing.”
Maxwell will miss at least the majority of the upcoming Big Bash season with the Melbourne Stars, with the injury likely to sideline him for the entire tournament despite diving head-first into his rehab program.
The big-hitting right-hander opened up on the frustrating nature of his injury, after escaping any major dramas for most of his professional cricket career.
“This is the frustrating thing about it all – I’ve done some dumb things on the field, some dumb things off the field, and I’ve never even come close to injuring myself,” he said.
“To do something so innocuously, it’s just frustrating. It was just a nothing incident.
“The amount of times that I’ve jumped into a pool and gone ‘that was probably a bit more shallow than I thought’ and not had even a scratch, not even a bruise or anything, not even a rolled ankle.
“It was just a little bit slippery, and all of a sudden there goes a couple of months.”
Maxwell, like many of his Aussie teammates, has a hectic schedule throughout the year, which has seen him forego playing Sheffield Shield cricket for Victoria in recent seasons due to other commitments.
But the all-rounder was set to play for the Vics in two Shield games this summer prior to the BBL tournament kicking off, which was going to act as an audition for a potential recall to the Test side.
“Out of all the cricket I was going to miss, these were the two games that probably hurt the most,” he said.
“I was so excited – even the couple of sessions that I had with [assistant coach] Ben Rohrer…I was working on different things again, much the same as Steve Smith was working on different things behind the scenes.
“I spent I reckon 10 minutes with him and he picked up on things that I was working on in the pre-season that I might have gone away from a little bit just because I was working on a lot of T20 power hitting.
“I feel like I’m always improving when I’m playing this format, I feel like there’s always a space where my technique can get better. It just feels like I make the biggest strides when I’m working on my red-ball game.
“I think these two games are going to be the hardest to watch, knowing they would have been a great opportunity to play red-ball cricket again.”