The Australian cricketers’ run of injuries continue as Kings XI Punjab all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has been ruled out of the ongoing Indian Premier League. Glenn Maxwell has suffered a side strain in the Indian Premier League and will head home to recover before the West Indies tour, Cricket Australia said on Tuesday. Australian all-rounder suffered a strain in his left abdomen, playing for the Kings XI Punjab and is returning home as a precaution. Australia team physiotherapist David Beakley said it did not appear serious enough to prevent him playing in the West Indies tri-series, which Australia open in Guyana on June 6 against South Africa.

Kings XI Punjab coach Sanjay Bangar said, “Glenn Maxwell at the fag end of the Indian Premier League is a big blow to the team, which has already been eliminated from the tournament. However, this would give an opportunity to Farhaan Behradien, who is an underrated player but one who does a tremendous role as finisher for the South Africans. “We will miss Maxwell’s presence and energy in the field, but we have total faith in someone like Farhaan to step up and do the job that Maxwell was doing.”

Earlier, Rising Pune Supergiants players Mitchell Marsh and Steve Smith, Kings XI’s Shaun Marsh and Kolkata Knight Riders’ John Hastings were also ruled out of the IPL due to their respective injuries. Kings XI, which are out of the contention of IPL finals, will play their inconsequential match against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Wednesday.

Kings XI Punjab are already out of the play-offs contention having won only four of their 12 matches so far.

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