Australian team staff are investigating Maxwell’s hospitalization, but there is currently no plan for the integrity unit to get involved. Instead, high-performance staff are concerned about potential concussion and are assessing how the night has impacted Maxwell’s fitness and mental wellbeing.
Maxwell played a round of golf in the heat on Friday before attending a gig where he was drinking. He passed out in the green room after the show and was taken to the hospital by ambulance. He was later released without being admitted.
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.”
Cricket Australia (CA) maintain that the decision to rest Maxwell from the ODIs was made after the BBL, allowing him to travel to Adelaide to play in the golf event.
There are concerns over Maxwell’s fitness following his broken leg last summer, with rods still in his leg. Team staff will likely question why Maxwell was drinking when he should be managing the injury.
Australia captain Pat Cummins said Maxwell “potentially” had to look at his habits and actions, but also praised the team’s overall behavior and performance on the field. “We are all adults and part of being adults is that you make your own decisions,” Cummins said. “In terms of this incident [Maxwell] wasn’t on tour with Australia. He was over there for a private event so it was a little bit different but absolutely, any decision you make you have to own it and be comfortable with it.”