During the World Cup in England last year, Australian middle-order batsman, Glenn Maxwell, opened up about wanting to get his arm broken to get a sabbatical from cricket.
In the recent Australian cricket documentary ‘The Test,’ it was revealed that both Shaun Marsh and Maxwell suffered injuries during a net session facing Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc, respectively.
Marsh was seen in tears when his expectation of featuring in his last World Cup drew curtains with a broken arm.
However, Maxwell recently disclosed about wanting to get his arm broken instead of Marsh while awaiting medical reports.
“I knew he (Marsh) was in trouble when he came in, and immediately I felt bad for him. I just thought I hope he’s OK, and if anything, I wish we could swap our news (suspecting Marsh’s arm was broken),” Maxwell quoted during Ordineroli Speaking podcast with Neroli Meadows.
With hamstring injury to Usman Khawaja shortly after Marsh, Australia batting order suffered a tremendous hit, eventually leading to their exit from the tournament in the semi-finals.
“We went to the hospital together, and we were both sitting there, I think both hoping for opposite news. When I got hit, I was angry, and a part of me was hoping (my arm) was broken,” added Maxwell.
The Victorian later in October took a sabbatical from the game, citing mental fatigue. Maxi was en-route to his international comeback during the South African limited-overs tour earlier in 2020.
“I was like ‘this is it, I just need a break’… I was thinking about things I could do on the way back to snap it. I had anger at other people, and it didn’t make sense, but I was angry at myself for not being able to produce at all this World Cup,” said the swashbuckler who had a dismal World Cup.
“I thought it would’ve been an easy escape because I felt like I was going to get dropped at some stage, and I thought maybe this is the way,” concluded Maxwell.