Glenn Maxwell was reportedly taken to hospital after a night out in Adelaide on the weekend only days after the announcement he was stepping away from the Melbourne Stars captaincy role. On Friday, it was reported Maxwell would be stepping away from the Stars' captaincy role after the team failed to make the Big Bash League finals for a fourth consecutive year.
Maxwell opted to skip Australia's One Day International series against the West Indies at the start of February. The allrounder was considered as 'managed' as he has taken part in Australia's World Cup campaign and the domestic T20 season.
And on Monday, Channel 7 reported the 35-year-old attended former Aussie bowler Brett Lee's band - Six And Out- in Adelaide on the weekend. He then was taken to hospital from the event. He did not stay in hospital overnight and the conditions around his visit remain unclear.
"Cricket Australia is aware of an incident involving Glenn Maxwell in Adelaide at the weekend and is seeking further information," a CA spokesman told AAP. "It is not related to him being replaced in the ODI squad, a decision that was made following the BBL and based on his individual management plan. Maxwell is expected to return for the T20 series."
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Fortunately for Maxwell, the allrounder is already back training for the upcoming T20 series against the West Indies with Cricket Australia aware of the incident, according to Channel 7. Maxwell will miss the ODI series with Jake Fraser-McGurk and Xavier Bartlett brought into the squad.
Maxwell is expected to slot straight back into the T20 side following the ODI series. The news comes as Maxwell opted to step down as the Stars captain having taken over the role in late 2018.
The allrounder's incident comes after Maxwell's infamous golf cart incident during last year's World Cup when he was reportedly concussed after he fell off the back of the cart when it was transporting the players back. The incident meant Maxwell missed the next match against old enemies England due to concussion protocols.
Glenn Maxwell steps aside as Stars captain
The Stars have underperformed for quite some time having not reached the finals for four years running. And after years of frustration, Maxwell has stepped down from his role as captain to give another teammate a go at turning around the franchise's run.
Maxwell reportedly told his teammates of the decision to step down from the role after the Stars' final game of the season against the Hurricanes on Monday night. The allrounder and World Cup winner took over the captaincy role after John Hastings left the franchise in late 2018. Hastings took over the role from Dave Hussey.
The 35-year-old took the Stars to two finals appearances in the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons, but lost both to the Renegades and Sixers respectively. Maxwell is still under contract with the Melbourne Stars for another two years, but will shift his focus to his batting and bowling.
While Maxwell may feel the club needs new leadership, his role in the team is solidified considering he is one of the best T20 performers in the world. Maxwell has consistently scored in BBL13 having averaged 34.7 this season and also taking seven wickets.
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