Cricket Australia has decided against sanctioning an 'embarrassed' Glenn Maxwell after he lost consciousness and was taken to hospital in Adelaide last weekend. The Aussie cricket star attended a 'Six & Out' gig at The Gov hotel - the band of former professional cricketers including Brett and Shane Lee - before he lost consciousness and fell while in the green room afterwards.
An ambulance was called after Maxwell failed to come to, and he regained consciousness on his way to hospital. He was later released without being admitted and has avoided serious injury.
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According to AAP, Cricket Australia have looked into the circumstances surrounding the incident and have since decided not to sanction the all-rounder. Australian team staff are still looking into Maxwell's hospitalisation, but at this stage there is no plan for the integrity unit to become involved.
Instead, high-performance staff are said to be concerned over any potential of a concussion to determine if protocols must be entered into. Officials are also looking into how the night has impacted Maxwell's fitness and mental wellbeing.
Maxwell was concussed at the Cricket World Cup late last year when he fell off a golf cart while being transported to the team bus on a day off. He was forced to miss Australia's clash with England as a result.
In November 2022 he slipped and broke his leg in a "freak accident" at a friend's 40th birthday party, which has resulted in Maxwell's schedule being 'managed' ever since. Before the incident in Adelaide it had already been decided that he would be rested for an upcoming three-game ODI series against the West Indies and focus on the T20 games instead.
Maxwell was in Adelaide for an exhibition golf event after his BBL duties with the Melbourne Stars finished in another missed finals appearance. Witnesses have claimed he was 'dehydrated' after spending the day in the sun, and the combination of some beers took its toll and he passed out.
The majority of the Australian Test team were also at the 'Six & Out gig' after the first Test against the West Indies in Adelaide, but didn't spend much time with Maxwell. The 35-year-old passed out when in the green room after the show, and he was taken to the emergency room of a hospital via ambulance.
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Maxwell informed chief selector George Bailey of the situation on Monday, and his manager Ben Tippett spoke with high-performance boss Ben Oliver on Tuesday. "He's okay. I think a little bit embarrassed but that is fine," Tippett told AAP.
"Maxi has spoken to George Bailey yesterday. We've spoken to them, they've spoken to us and it's done. It's more like 'you were in hospital and are you okay'? He's back in training yesterday. He had time off for about a week after the BBL and he is back into training doing some specific stuff on his leg which he needs to do."
The decision to rest him from the ODI series is part of his personal management plan, with the 35-year-old still sporting rods in his leg from the 2022 mishap. Questions will no doubt be asked about why Maxwell was out drinking when such a focus has been placed on managing his leg.
Pat Cummins addresses Glenn Maxwell incident
When asked on Tuesday if Maxwell needed to examine his off-field behaviour, Aussie captain Pat Cummins responded: " We're all adults and part of being an adult is you make your own decisions and I suppose in this actual incident, he obviously wasn't on tour with Australia, he was over there for a private event, he wasn't with a cricket team, so it's a little bit different. But absolutely, any decision you make you've got to own it and be comfortable with it."
Cummins' reign as captain has led to players being given greater freedoms off the field. Players of past eras have previously been told they couldn't be seen drinking in public.
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