Glenn Maxwell’s cricket comeback was the form of rollercoaster trip the Australian celebrity can produce like few others.
Taking part in his first recreation since struggling a horrific damaged leg final November, Maxwell was out cheaply on Monday, then despatched an damage scare by way of all of Australian cricket on day two earlier than being bowled for a duck.
His limp batting effort got here after Maxwell was struck twice on the wrist whereas fielding within the slips and compelled from the sphere amid fears he may have suffered a fracture he appeared in a lot ache.
Along with his worldwide return in an ODI collection in opposition to India in March on the road, and amid Australia’s Take a look at crew’s battles within the sub-continent, it was the very last thing selectors would have needed.
Maxwell was assessed and handled by each Victorian and Cricket Australian medical employees, and a fracture was dominated out.
However whereas he was being checked out, South Australian wickets tumbled, then Victorian ones as the house aspect went in a second time, and unexpectedly Maxwell was wanted to bat.
He couldn’t, however as lunch was taken the 34-year-old headed to the nets on the Junction Oval to check his wrist out.
It labored sufficient for him to go in at quantity six, his crew in troubled at 4-90.
However, clearly nonetheless struggling some discomfort, Maxwell proved little assist, lasting simply two balls, bowled for a duck by Wes Agar, the identical man who dismissed him for simply 5 within the first innings, concluding a return to neglect for the Victorian.
The match adopted an analogous path, because the Vics dismissed South Australia for simply 114, effectively in arrears of their first innings effort of 169.
However then first-gamer Spencer Johnson rocked the house crew’s top-order, taking three fast wickets and the Vics have been 3-23.
First innings hero Matt Brief then did his finest, once more, to restrict the harm positing a second half-century for the match and was unbeaten on 69 with the Vics 5-134 at tea, a lead of 189.