Glenn Maxwell, the swashbuckling Australian batsman, will miss the Twenty20 International (T20I) series opener against India in Adelaide with a hamstring injury, acting coach Michael Di Venuto said on Sunday (January 24). Maxwell, who was also ruled out of the fifth One-Day International against India in Sydney, flew straight to Melbourne where the second game in the three-match series will take place on Friday (January 29).
"He has still got a little, slight hamstring niggle so he flew straight to Melbourne and will spend a few days in Melbourne at home and join the squad when we get there in a couple of days," Di Venuto told reporters in Adelaide.
The series is seen as a preparation for the ICC World T20 in India in March, with Di Venuto - who has replaced Darren Lehmann while the coach is being treated for deep vein thrombosis - hoping to give every player in the 17-man squad "one or two games at least".
"Obviously, there's a big carrot at the end of this with the World Cup team being picked, and you know you can only pick 15 people, so we want to give people opportunities to see what they can do," Di Venuto, usually the team's batting coach, added.
The T20Is in Adelaide and Melbourne will be followed by the tour-ending T20I in Sydney on Sunday.