Glenn Maxwell's hopes of making a comeback to the national side were quashed as it was announced that he will miss South Africa ODIs and T20Is to undergo elbow surgery.
Maxwell, who announced to step away from cricket citing mental health issues, was picked in both ODI and T20I squads to face Australia after impressing for Melbourne Stars in the recently concluded Big Bash League. He scored 398 runs in 16 innings at an impressive strike rate of 148.50.
However, his side’s tales of woes in BBL finals continued, this time faltering against Sydney Sixers.
Maxwell will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left elbow on Thursday (February 13) to fix loose fragments of bone, which will keep him out of action for at least six to eight weeks.
"Representing Australia is the highest honour in cricket and something I cherish," Maxwell said in a statement.
"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."
D’Arcy Short will replace Maxwell in the squad in both formats. Marcus Stoinis, who was kept as a standby player for the Australia series, has been once again overlooked despite ending up as the highest run-getter of the BBL 2019-20.
"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," said selector Trevor Hohns in a statement.
Australia play South Africa in three T20Is and as many ODIs. First T20I between the two sides will be played in Johannesburg on February 21.