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22nd January, 2024
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Glenn Maxwell was hospitalised after what a news report claims was “a big night out in Adelaide.”

7NEWS reported Monday that Maxwell was taken to hospital on Friday night after being involved in a an appearance at a golf event in Adelaide.

“The night then took Maxwell to a pub where former Aussie cricketer Brett Lee and his band Six and Out were playing,” 7NEWS reported. “It was from there that Maxwell was taken to Royal Adelaide Hospital in an ambulance.

News Corp reported that Australian and West Indian Test players involved in the Adelaide Test were also in attendance to watch the band.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 07: Glenn Maxwell of Australia looks on during game two of the T20 International Series between Australia and the West Indies at The Gabba on October 07, 2022 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde - CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images)

(Photo by Chris Hyde – CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images)

Earlier Monday Cricket Australia announced Maxwell would be rested from the ODI series against the West Indies.

CA said the resting was unrelated to the hospital drama and it was investigating.

“Cricket Australia is aware of an incident involving Glenn Maxwell in Adelaide at the weekend and is seeking further information,” CA said in a statement.

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“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.

“No further comment will be made at this time.”

Last year Maxwell was concussed after falling off a golf cart and missed a World Cup match against England.

Maxwell was standing on the back of a moving golf cart in the dark after a round at Kalhaar Blues and Greens golf club in Ahmedabad when he lost his grip and fell off, suffering a concussion and some facial bruising.

In 2022 he suffered a broken leg at a birthday party.

Jake Fraser-McGurk has been given an early chance to become Australia’s next destructive white-ball batter, after being called into the one-day squad to face West Indies.

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Cricket Australia confirmed on Monday that Maxwell would be rested from the three home ODIs, citing workload management in a big year for Twenty20s.

Jhye Richardson has also been ruled out with his side strain, prompting officials to call Queenslander Xavier Bartlett into the squad as his replacement.

But it is the inclusion of Fraser-McGurk that is particularly fitting, given the 21-year-old is viewed by many as the next Maxwell in Australia’s limited overs set up.

The Victorian has blitzed domestic cricket this season, belting a world-record 29-ball century for South Australia in November.

A maiden Sheffield Shield century followed, before a damaging Big Bash League campaign for the Melbourne Renegades.

The right-hander was the Renegades’ leading run-scorer with 257 at an average of 32.12, while his 18 sixes were second only to Matt Short.

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The performances prompted strong praise from Maxwell, who similarly made his name as a hard-hitting young batsman in white-ball cricket.

“No one in Australia is better to watch then Fraser-McGurk,” Maxwell posted on social media platform X last month.

“Easily the most talented young batter in the country. His potential doesn’t actually have a ceiling.”

If selected to face West Indies on February 2 at the MCG, Fraser-McGurk will become Australia’s youngest debutant in ODIs since Cameron Green in 2020.

It also follows chances given to Tanveer Sangha earlier this year, while West Australian allrounder Aaron Hardie is also part of the ODI squad.

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Bartlett could also potentially form part of Australia’s next generation of bowlers in white-ball cricket.

The Brisbane Heat quick has been the leading wicket-taker in the BBL this year, taking 17 at an average of 14.82.

He joins a pace battery of Lance Morris, Sean Abbott and Nathan Ellis for games in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra, with Hardie and Green also there as allrounders.

Australia are yet to announce their squad for the three-match T20 series that follows, but indicated on Monday that Maxwell would form part of that.

© AAP

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