Maxwell and Stoinis heading home early from IPL
Allrounders Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis have joined the Australian exodus from the IPL, departing early from Kings XI Punjab. While Maxwell left with an apparent side strain, a source within Kings XI put Stoinis' departure down to "personal unavoidable circumstances".*
Kings XI are out of contention for the IPL playoffs, and Maxwell told Cricket Australia medical staff that he has been feeling increasingly sore over recent matches. CA's national team physio David Beakley said Maxwell's fitness would now need to be assessed ahead of Australia's departure for the limited-overs triangular series in the Caribbean, also featuring West Indies and South Africa, later this month.
"Glenn reported increasing soreness in his left abdomen area following last night's match and as such a decision was made for him to return home for further assessment and treatment ahead of the West Indies tour," Beakley said. "From the information we have so far, the injury doesn't appear to be something that will prevent Glenn from participating in this tour, but we are keen to give him the necessary time to recover before departing to the West Indies at the end of this month."
Steven Smith, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh and John Hastings had also departed the competition before its completion. Maxwell's tournament failed to live up to expectations, featuring a pair of eye-catching half centuries amid a wider trend of insubstantial scores.
Stoinis' contributions were more weighty. He scored 146 runs in five innings at a strike rate of 135.18, including a match-winning 52 against Delhi Daredevils - a game in which he took three top-order wickets as well. He also had a big impact in the match against Mumbai Indians, when he claimed his best figures in T20 cricket - 4 for 15 - in another Kings XI victory.
*15.00 GMT, May 17: This article was updated when the news of Marcus Stoinis going home came in.