Glenn Maxwell has spoken publicly for the first time about a drunken incident at an Adelaide pub last month that saw him collapse and require an ambulance take him to hospital. The Aussie cricket star was in attendance at a Six & Out gig at The Gov hotel on January 19 - watching the band of former professional cricketers including Brett and Shane Lee.
Maxwell had been playing golf all day at a charity event and didn't drink enough water, which came back to bite him when he had a couple of alcoholic drinks at the gig. He lost consciousness while in the green room with the band after the show, and came to while being transferred to hospital in an ambulance.
He didn't need to spend the night in hospital, and escaped any sort of injury. Cricket Australia launched a probe into the incident but found that Maxwell didn't require any form of official sanction or reprimand.
On Sunday night he was back in Adelaide for the second T20 against the West Indies, blasting the fastest century in a T20 international on Australian soil. He smashed 120 off just 55 balls, with his 50-ball ton becoming the fastest in a T20I in Australia ever.
Discussing the incident at The Gov after the game, Maxwell said the saga had affected his family more than himself. The 35-year-old admitted it was "less than ideal", and thanked the Australian cricket hierarchy for their "outstanding" support.
"I think probably it affected my family a little bit more than it affected me," said Maxwell, who has a young son with wife Vini. The all-rounder had been given the week off to rest ahead of the current T20 series.
"I knew I had that week off," Maxwell said. "And obviously that incident was less than ideal, and the timing. But I had that week off, I knew I had that week off away from the game.
"And I came back and got back into my running, my gym program and it felt really good and refreshed once I got back. And it's all been focused on getting myself ready for this (T20) series and what's to come.
"We know we have got four international games until the (T20) World Cup and how it comes around pretty quick. And I just try to make sure I'm in as good a space that I can be for that tournament."
Glenn Maxwell enjoying family life when away from cricket
Maxwell heaped praise on coach Andrew McDonald and chairman of selectors George Bailey for their support. "The coach, Bails, everyone really, they have been outstanding," he said.
When asked if the incident prompted any reflection, Maxwell replied: "No, I just moved on pretty quickly. I was back in training on the Monday so I was pretty good."
The latest incident continued a bizarre string of mishaps for Maxwell, who was concussed when he fell off a golf cart at the ODI World Cup last year. At the end of 2022 he broken his leg in a "freak mishap" at a friend's 40th birthday party.
The 35-year-old said he's been enjoying his life away from cricket, which has boosted his form on the field as a result. "We had swimming lessons the other day with (son) Logan, that's probably the most wild thing I'm generally doing at home," he said, referring to his six-month-old boy.
"The golf game has taken a serious hit. But yeah, just a lot of family time. I think having that much downtime with the family at the moment, it has just been so good for me away from cricket. And I sort of come to cricket, it is just fun now, I'm able to just go out and just enjoy it."
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