Glenn Maxwell: London Spirit all-rounder becomes latest Australian to pull out of The Hundred

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Glenn Maxwell has withdrawn from The Hundred competition (Getty Images)
Glenn Maxwell has withdrawn from The Hundred competition (Getty Images)

Glenn Maxwell is the latest Australia star to pull out of the inaugural edition of The Hundred, his London Spirit coach Shane Warne has confirmed.

Maxwell follows Southern Brave’s David Warner and Marcus Stoinis in withdrawing from the men’s tournament, which begins next month. In the women’s tournament, Rachael Haynes recently became the first confirmed withdrawal.

Alongside Stoinis, Maxwell was one of a raft of Australians to pull out of their upcoming men’s tours of West Indies and Bangladesh, making his participation in The Hundred hard to justify.

Warne did reveal that London Spirit have replaced Maxwell with Josh Inglis, the Leeds-born Perth Scorchers wicketkeeper-batsman who is currently playing for Leicestershire. He recently scored 103 not out for the county and looks a good fit for The Hundred, even if he lacks Maxwell’s star power.

“Unfortunately Glenn Maxwell has pulled out of The Hundred,” Warne said on Fox Cricket’s Road To The Ashes podcast. “We were really excited to get him in the draft. We know he’s a match-winner and we were excited to have him.

“Unfortunately he’s pulled out of that and we’ve now replaced him with Josh Inglis from Western Australia, so we are lucky to have him.”

Maxwell appears highly unlikely to be the last Australian to withdraw from The Hundred men’s competition.

With Covid-19 and quarantine complicating travel arrangements, the ECB are likely to turn to players already in the UK for replacements, with the squads of New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and South Africa all touring England or Ireland this summer.

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