Australia may not play Maxwell in World Cup game against Bangladesh.
Bangladesh need a win to qualify for 2025 Champions Trophy.
Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan ruled out with fractured finger.
Australia will take a late call on the participation of all-rounder Glenn Maxwell in their World Cup game against Bangladesh on Saturday after he batted through severe cramps to help his side reach the semi-finals.
Maxwell suffered from severe pain in Mumbai on Tuesday but made an outrageous double-century to help Australia beat Afghanistan.
Bowling coach Daniel Vettori said that Maxwell would not be put through a fitness test for the Bangladesh game.
“It’ll be how he feels,” Vettori added. “We understand now that the semi-final is pretty definitive in Kolkata on Nov. 16 it’ll be a build towards that.”
Bangladesh are out of semi-final contention but go into the contest seeking a win to cement a top-eight spot to qualify for the 2025 Champions Trophy in Pakistan.
Their coach Chandika Hathurusinghe is aware of the challenge that lies ahead.
“They (Australia) are the most successful team in World Cup history,” said Hathurusinghe, whose side are currently eighth in the table. “They’re a good team, very professionally prepared and playing good cricket.”
Bangladesh will be without skipper Shakib Al Hasan, who was replaced by Anamul Haque Bijoy in the squad after fracturing his finger during their win over Sri Lanka last time out.
“When you have someone of Shakib’s calibre, the number one all-rounder, it’s two players in one so it’s hard to do much with the combination,” Hathurusinghe said.
“So we’ll definitely want to fill the bowling vacuum with another spinner or fast bowler. It’s his batting we’re going to miss and his leadership.“
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