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Glenn Maxwell, Australia's premier all-rounder, has suffered a new injury just weeks before the commencement of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup after injuring his ankle during a training session in Durban.
Maxwell injured his ankle during training ahead of Australia's T20I series against South Africa on Wednesday, and he will now return home to be with his wife as she awaits the arrival of their first child.
While Maxwell is expected to recover from the ankle concern in time for Australia's World Cup campaign, national selector Tony Dodemaide said no risks would be taken with the 34-year-old given his injury history that includes the freak leg injury he picked up at a friend’s party late last year.
Dodemaide is confident Maxwell will return to national colours during Australia’s ODI series against India at the end of next month and be fully fit for the World Cup.
"We will monitor Glenn's recovery with a view to him being available for the three-match ODI series in India in advance of the World Cup," Dodemaide said.
Maxwell's absence opens the door for Matthew Wade to earn a recall to Australia's side, with the veteran receiving a call-up for the series against South Africa and could provide another wicket-keeping option alongside Josh Inglis.
Australia’s first match against South Africa is in Duban on Wednesday.