Injured Maxwell leaving IPL early


Glenn Maxwell is to return home from the Indian Premier League in a bid to recover from a side strain in time to be fit for Australia's tour of West Indies.

The all-rounder has been playing for Kings XI Punjab in the IPL, but will not feature in their final two matches after picking up the injury.

Kings XI have won just four of their 12 matches and can no longer qualify for the play-offs and Maxwell will try to regain full fitness ahead of the trip to the Caribbean.

Australia are due to take on the hosts and South Africa in a tri-nations one-day series, their first fixture coming against the Windies on June 5.

"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," said Cricket Australia physio David Beakley.

"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."