ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - OCTOBER 29: Glenn Maxwell of Australia poses as the sun rises over Al Khatim Sand Dunes on October 29, 2014 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

After sustaining a leg injury that cost him the entire Big Bash League season, all-rounder Glenn Maxwell could return to professional cricket sooner than expected.

Having missed out on returning to the baggy green after being an outsider for Australia's tour of India in February and March, Maxwell is hoping he can be back in international colours for three ODIs on the tour of India that start on March 17.

The innovative all-rounder is eyeing a return to cricket in Victoria's next Sheffield Shield match. Victoria will take on Queensland at the MCG on Thursday, February 9.

It has been nearly three months since 'The Big Show' last played cricket injuring himself at a friend's birthday party. Fracturing his left fibula, the injury caused him to miss the entire BBL season, where the Melbourne Stars finished in last place.

It has also cost Maxwell a chance to be re-called into the Australian test squad. Last playing for Australia in test cricket in 2017, he was an obvious pick to take to India with the pitch conditions suiting spinners. His value would have been instrumental to the squad pairing alongside Nathan Lyon to have spinners at each end of the wicket.

As Australia doesn't play another game in the sub-continent region for another two years, this may have been the last opportunity he had to represent his country in tests.

"Probably will nag at me for the rest of my life," Maxwell told Fox Cricket.

"It's nice getting the opportunity to watch your teammates play, especially over there. I think they've got the squad that's probably as good as I've seen go over to India since I've been watching Tests over there, anyway."

Maxwell also spoke about the importance of another Australia all-rounder.

"Cameron Green showed his wares in Sri Lanka last year, they were some brilliant signs of guys adapting their gameplan to the conditions, and being able to implement it straight away," he said.