Australia head coach Andrew McDonald said that all-rounder Glenn Maxwell must be careful of his choices going ahead, for the sake of his career. The veteran player was left embarrassed after passing out in Adelaide during a night out, which also led to a brief hospitalization as well. However, according to reports, Maxwell has already been in talks with McDonald as well as the chairman of selectors, Geroge Bailey, assuring them that it was an honest mistake as well.
However, the matter is likely to be brought to a close, with Cricket Australia (CA) not conducting any more inquiries. But the incident comes across as a huge wake-up call for him as well. Meanwhile, Maxwell was rested for the upcoming three-match ODI series against the West Indies but he has returned to training and is likely to partake in the T20I series, starting on February 9.
“I’ve spoken to Glenn, had a good chat to him yesterday around the incident, and him looking after himself has to be a consideration moving forward,” McDonald told SEN. “We’ve given him the opportunity to rest and rehab in that period of time and I suppose the lessons for him around that would be to take up his end of the bargain in that place and take care of himself. It’s got to be a consideration for him how he looks after himself moving forward for the longevity of his career, but we’ve also got to weigh into that with the way we manage him, and we feel as though this is best for him at this point in time.”
“We want to see Glenn Maxwell playing cricket for the next three or four years for Australia. Can he get to the next World Cup in 2027 in South Africa? Who knows, but he’s a key player in our white-ball formats, and when he’s out there we’re a far better team,” McDonald again added.
However, Glenn Maxwell returned to competitive cricket and he had a solid 2023 Indian Premier League (IPL) season too as well. He also played a key role in Australia’s 2023 ODI World Cup-winning campaign.
“It’s an honest mistake and he needs to have a look at what he’s doing at his end, and is that the right thing to be doing at that time. Thankfully there’s no harm out of it. He’s well now and looks as though he will return to play in that West Indies series in those T20 games,” Andrew McDonald concluded.