Sydney - Glenn Maxwell on Tuesday became
the fifth Australian to pull out of the Indian Premier League (IPL), but his
injury is unlikely to keep him out of an upcoming West Indies tour.
The hard-hitting batsman suffered a strain
in his left abdomen playing for the Kings XI Punjab and is returning home as a
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
"From the information we have so far,
the injury doesn't appear to be something that will prevent Glenn from
participating in this tour," he said.
"But we are keen to give him the
necessary time to recover before departing to the West Indies at the end of
Maxwell's departure from India follows
Australian captain Steve Smith (wrist), Mitch Marsh (side strain), John
Hastings (ankle) and Shaun Marsh (back) also returning home early.
Smith and Mitch Marsh are also expected to
be fit for the West Indies while Hastings has been replaced by Scott Boland.
Shaun Marsh was not named due to the impending birth of his child.
The round-robin tournament will see teams
play three matches against each opponent, with the top two advancing to the
final on June 26 in Barbados.