Australian all rounder Glenn Maxwell’s elbow injury has seen him being ruled out of the upcoming tour of South Africa. He was originally named in both the T20 & ODI squads. Cricket Australia confirmed that he will be replaced by another all-rounder D’arcy Short.

The injury has troubled Melbourne Stars key man throughout the Big Bash League. But he informed of increased pain recently which led to some scans being done. Eventually it was found that he needed surgery which will keep him out for six to eight weeks. This also means that he may miss the start of the Indian Premier League. A news Kings XI Punjab fans won’t like to hear. Maxwell — who stepped back from Australia duties in October saying he needed a break to deal with mental health issues — had been named in the one-day and Twenty20 squads to face the Proteas from February 22. Maxwell will have arthroscopic surgery on his left elbow on Thursday to fix loose fragments of bone

Maxwell said “Representing Australia is the highest honour in cricket and something I cherish. I was not confident that I could perform at an 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.” The 31-year-old has played 110 one-dayers and 61 Twenty20s for Australia. Maxwell’s absence comes as a big blow for the kangaroos who were hopeful of using the services of their in-form player. Although his team did not win, Glenn performed well at the recently concluded Big Bash League.