Australian all-rounders Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Marsh have been withdrawn from the highly anticipated cricket tournament, the Hundred, by Cricket Australia. The decision, aimed at managing their workloads ahead of the upcoming 50-over World Cup in India and the T20 World Cup in the Caribbean and the US next year, comes as a blow to their respective team London Spirit.
Both Maxwell and Marsh were set to play under the guidance of Trevor Bayliss at London Spirit, but Cricket Australia intervened, prioritizing the players’ physical well-being and their performance in the upcoming World Cups. The spokesperson for Cricket Australia conveyed that after discussions with the players, it was mutually agreed that they should take a break to recharge and recover from recent injuries before the demanding cricket campaigns ahead.
The withdrawal of Sri Lanka’s star spinner Wanindu Hasaranga from the competition is also expected due to a scheduling conflict with the Lanka Premier League. As a result, Pakistan spinner Usama Mir, who has been in impressive form for Worcestershire this summer but is yet to represent Pakistan in T20Is, has been lined up as Hasaranga’s replacement for Manchester Originals.
Meanwhile, New Zealand all-rounder Michael Bracewell, who was initially set to play for Northern Superchargers, had to withdraw from the Hundred after suffering an unfortunate Achilles rupture. As a replacement, Australian batter Matthew Short has emerged as a strong contender. Short showcased his talent during the most recent Big Bash League season, where he emerged as the leading run-scorer.
The wildcard draft for the Hundred also witnessed a notable omission in the form of Matt Parkinson. The Manchester Originals’ star performer, who claimed 11 wickets during last year’s campaign, will not be participating in this edition of the tournament.