Maxwell to miss T20 opener against India

Series is seen as a preparation for the T20 World Cup

All-rounder Glenn Maxwell will miss Australia's T20 opener against India in Adelaide with a hamstring injury, acting coach Michael Di Venuto said Sunday.

Maxwell flew straight to Melbourne where the second game in the three-match series will take place on Friday, skipping the opener in Adelaide on Tuesday.

"He has still got a little, slight hamstring niggle so he flew straight to Melbourne and will spend a few days in Melbourne at home and join the squad when we get there in a couple of days," Di Venuto told reporters in Adelaide.

Maxwell was also ruled out of the fifth one-day international against India in Sydney on Saturday.

The series is seen as a preparation for the T20 World Cup in India in March, with Di Venuto - who has replaced Darren Lehmann while the coach is being treated for deep vein thrombosis - hoping to give every player in the 17-man squad "one or two games at least".

"Obviously, there's a big carrot at the end of this with the World Cup team being picked, and you know you can only pick 15 people, so we want to give people opportunities to see what they can do," Di Venuto, usually the team's batting coach, added.

The third game takes place in Sydney on Sunday.

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