‘Please tell me you’re joking’: Maxwell explains how he broke his leg

A 50th birthday party, an impromptu game of chasey, a slip and a fall, then two days of agony. That’s essentially how Glenn Maxwell summed up the bizarre sequence of events that saw him break his leg, requiring surgery and putting him out of action for up to three months.

Maxwell explained how a little bit of rain on a Melbourne Saturday night two weekends ago, on the eve of the Twenty20 World Cup final between England and Pakistan, helped ensure the slippage that has wrecked his home summer.

Glenn Maxwell speaks about his broken leg.

“It was so innocuous,” Maxwell said in a video news release. “I was at a 50th with a couple of my old Fitzroy Doncaster friends, we all had our wives there, and one of my mates who was also one of my schoolteachers, we were laughing about something.

“I almost pretended to chase him off somewhere, and outside it was just raining a little bit and they didn’t really have a grass backyard, they had synthetic grass, so it was only a small, little area just around the corner, and I reckon we both took about three or four steps out there, and both slipped at the same time, I got my foot stuck a little bit and he fell unfortunately at a really bad angle and landed straight on my leg, and it just snapped.

“I heard and felt every part of it, and it was pretty painful. I was screaming a bit and he was like ‘please tell me you’re joking, please tell me you’re joking’ and then I just hit this ultimate calmness of like shock, ‘I’ve just broken my leg, I’m pretty sure both the bones are broken, I don’t think I should move, can you please get my wife’…”


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