Didn't sleep for 2 days: Glenn Maxwell reveals gruesome injury mishap, says very less hopes for India tour

Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell said he never imagined that an innocuous slip at a backyard birthday party would land him big trouble as he broke his leg and is set to be sidelined for at least 3 months.

Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell's leg injury is set to sideline him for at least 3 months (Reuters Photo)

By India Today Web Desk: Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell opened up about the horrific leg injury that is set to sideline him for months, saying he was not able to believe that slipping at one of his friend's backyard birthday party would do so much damage. Maxwell suffered a broken fibula in his left leg and underwent surgery earlier in the month to fix his bone.


Glenn Maxwell, who is bedridden, revealed that his former schoolteacher landed on his leg when they both slipped on an artificial patch of grass at the backyard. Maxwell said he was able to hear his leg cracking. Maxwell revealed he lay flat on the grass even as it was raining, hoping and praying he hadn't done much damage to his legs.

Maxwell is set to be ruled out for at least 3 months and the Australian all-rounder added that his wife was a big support to him as he dealt with the injury, leading up to the surgery.

"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," Maxwell said, as quoted by

"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, please tell me you're joking'."

Revealing more gruesome details about his injury, Maxwell said he never imagined such an innocuous slip would land him in so much trouble.

"I probably didn't sleep for two days while I was in agony. It was a pretty horrible couple of days. My wife was unbelievable through it all. I shattered my fibula. So 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 (and) 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. 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 added.


While Glenn Maxwell will miss two red-ball fixtures in the Sheffield Shield that could have helped him put his hand up for Test selection, the all-rounder said he might not make it to the India tour in January-February next year.


Maxwell's familiarity with Indian conditions would have helped him earn a Test recall but the all-rounder conceded that it would be a bit of risk to pick him for the 4-Test series against India even if he manages to regain fitness in time.

"There's a time limit on when they're going to announce that squad to India and to be fair, there's a high chance that I won't make it," he said.

"They're obviously going have to see me playing cricket and they're obviously going to have to take a big risk if they do take me.

"But I think that's probably why I don't want to sort of set any dates or timelines of when I can get back. I would dearly love to be okay for that but I'm a slave to how my body recovers and how quickly I can I suppose get the strength back into it and then get back to playing cricket again."