Recalled all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has had to withdraw from Australia’s upcoming white-ball series in South Africa due to an elbow injury.
The 31-year-old had been recalled for Australia after stepping away from international duties in October during the T20I series against Pakistan for mental health reasons.
Instead, dashing left-handed batsman D'Arcy Short has been called in to replace Maxwell in both formats, after being dropped following the 2-1 loss in the One Day International series in India last month.
National Selector Trevor Horns said: “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.
“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 is now set to undergo surgery on his left elbow, potentially ruling him out for 6-8 weeks, having carried the complaint during the BBL.
He is expected to be available for the Indian Premier League in April where he’s been picked up by Kings XI Punjab.
“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,” Maxwell said in a statement.