Mercurial all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has found himself in trouble yet again, with Cricket Australia investigating how he became hospitalized in Adelaide. Only hours after he was pulled from the upcoming ODI series due to being “managed”, Maxwell was confirmed to be at the centre of an investigation by CA.
The 35-year-old was in Adelaide for a golf appearance near the end of Australia’s first Test against the West Indies after the Melbourne Stars’ Big Bash League campaign ended. AAP understands Maxwell was at a Six and Out concert on January 19, the night in question. Police have not been involved at any stage, but CA have confirmed they will be investigating.
“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.”
Despite not playing a Test since 2017, Maxwell will sit out the ODI series while red-ball stars such as Steve Smith, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne and Cameron Green back up for the white-ball games against the West Indies. It is the latest in a series of bizarre mishaps for one of the heroes of Australia’s stunning ODI World Cup win in India last year.
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During that tournament, Maxwell was concussed after falling off a golf cart and missed the clash against England. In November 2022, Maxwell broke a leg when he slipped while pretending to chase a friend at a birthday party. The incident cost him a spot in Australia’s Test squad to tour India. He was also forced out of the entire BBL that season.
Maxwell’s latest incident has raised concerns about his commitment to the national team and his ability to stay out of trouble. Only time will tell what the outcome of CA’s investigation will be, but it is clear that Maxwell needs to be more careful in the future if he wants to continue his career at the highest level.
It is important to note that Maxwell has not been charged with any wrongdoing and is presumed innocent until proven guilty. However, his recent behavior has been disappointing to many fans and has called into question his professionalism. Cricket Australia will need to take a serious look at this incident and determine what disciplinary action, if any, is necessary.