New details have come to light after Glenn Maxwell was taken to hospital during a night out in Adelaide, with reports he was 'dehydrated' and fell and lost consciousness. Cricket Australia confirmed on Monday that they were investigating the circumstances surrounding the all-rounder's trip to hospital.
The 35-year-old was in Adelaide for a golf event on the final day of the first Test between Australia and the West Indies. He wasn't part of the Test squad, but joined a number of the Aussie players in attending a 'Six & Out' gig at The Governor Hindmarsh hotel - a popular live music venue in Adelaide.
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'Six & Out' has a cult following in the cricket world, with the band made up of former professional players Brett and Shane Lee, Gavin Robertson, Brad McNamara and Richard Chee Quee. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, an ambulance was called to The Gov after Maxwell fell and lost consciousness.
The SMH cited two anonymous witnesses who believed that Maxwell was dehydrated after his day on the golf course. According to News Corp, “those close to Maxwell” said he had a “few beers in the sun”, and coupled with the dehydration it “caught up with him”. The Gov posted a photo on social media showing the majority of the Australian Test team enjoying a drink with the members of 'Six & Out', with Brett Lee now a popular commentator on Fox Cricket.
Cricket Australia looking into Glenn Maxwell incident
Police have not been involved at any stage, and Maxwell didn't have to spend the night in hospital. A Cricket Australia spokesperson said the incident was not related to the all-rounder being rested for upcoming ODIs against the West Indies, and he is already back training in preparation for the T20 series that will follow.
"Cricket Australia is aware of an incident involving Glenn Maxwell in Adelaide at the weekend and is seeking further information," the governing body said. "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 (against the West Indies)."
Cricket Australia had revealed earlier on Monday that Maxwell would be rested for the three-game ODI series against the West Indies that will follow the Tests. Maxwell has had a busy few months after helping Australia win the ODI World Cup last year, and playing in the Melbourne Stars' BBL campaign that ended without a finals appearance once again.
Last week the Stars announced that Maxwell had stepped down from the captaincy duties after he failed to lead them to the finals for a fourth-straight year. The incident in Adelaide continues a tumultuous time for one of the country's best white-ball cricketers.
He slipped and broke his leg in what was described as a 'freak accident' at a friend's 40th birthday party in November 2022, although it was denied that alcohol played any part. The mishap cost him a chance to be part of Australia's Test squad to tour India in early 2023. He was then concussed when he fell off a golf cart at the World Cup last year and had to miss a game against England.
Jake Fraser-McGurk gets chance amid Glenn Maxwell's absence
The decision to rest Maxwell for the upcoming ODI series has handed a big opportunity to young Victorian batter Jake Fraser-McGurk. The 21-year-old is viewed by many as the next Maxwell in Australia's limited-overs set up.
He belted a world-record century in just 29 balls against South Australia in November, before making his maiden Sheffield Shield hundred not long after. He was the Melbourne Renegades' leading run-scorer this BBL season with 257 at an average of 32.12, while his 18 sixes were second in the competition - only behind Matt Short.
Maxwell said of Fraser-McGurk last month: "No one in Australia is better to watch then Fraser-McGurk. Easily the most talented young batter in the country. His potential doesn't actually have a ceiling."
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