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McDonald defends Maxi's 'honest mistake' - but also gives him a warning as he's confirmed for T20 comeback

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24th January, 2024
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Glenn Maxwell must uphold his end of the bargain and look after his body if he wants to continue to play for Australia, Andrew McDonald says.

McDonald on Wednesday labelled Maxwell’s hospitalisation in Adelaide last week as “an honest mistake” after a hot day playing golf followed by drinks.

But Australia’s head coach also made clear Maxwell has standards to uphold in relation to his health and fitness.

The 35-year-old still has rods stabilising his left leg, which he broke last summer while at a friend’s party.

The injury has not stopped him performing at his freakish best, but has caused issues around his comfort and fitness.

Officials had spoken for several months about resting Maxwell from the one-day squad to face West Indies, and agreed to do so to protect his fitness after the Big Bash League campaign.

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That gave Maxwell the freedom to be in Adelaide for last week’s golf event, after which he ended up in an ambulance having passed out backstage at a Six & Out gig.

Glenn Maxwell looks on in disbelief

(Photo by Jason McCawley – CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images)

Mawell was restored to the Australia team for the T20

“I’ve spoken to Glenn and had a good chat with him yesterday around the incident,” McDonald said on SEN.

“Him looking after himself needs to be a consideration moving forward.

“We are giving him the opportunity to rest and rehab in that period of time and the lessons for him around that would be to take up his end of the bargain in that space and take care of himself.

“We want to see Glenn Maxwell playing cricket for the next three to four years for Australia. Can he get to the next World Cup in 2027? Who knows?

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“We’re going to do our end and Glenn’s going to have to pull up his end of that bargain.”

Maxwell is not facing any sanction over his night out, which ended with him being picked up from the emergency room by his manager Ben Tippett.

Australia’s team staff have spoken to the allrounder to check for concussions, injuries and his overall wellbeing, but there is no integrity unit investigation.

It means he is free to play in the three-match Twenty20 series against West Indies next month, the start of the build up to this year’s World Cup in the format.

“All the information he’s given, he’s had a few drinks and the night has ended the way that it did,” McDonald said.

“That’s less than ideal from his perspective and our perspective, and it’s an honest mistake.

“He needs to have a look at what he’s doing at his end and if it’s the right thing to be doing, but thankfully there’s no harm out of it and he’s well now.”

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Maxwell was named in a 14-man squad for the T20 series against the Windies. Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Steve Smith we all left out but a statement said they were being managed and likely to return for the T20 series in New Zealand that follows the West Indies assignment.

Cummins, Starc and Steve Smith are likely to return for the T20 Series in New Zealand.

David Warner and Josh Hazlewood return along with Mitch Marsh as captain of the squad

NSP Chair of Selectors George Bailey said: “We see these matches as an opportunity to narrow down on those who may be part of the T20 World Cup squad later this year.

“There are a further three T20 internationals in New Zealand following this West Indies Series where we will continue to build towards the T20WC as required.

“It is likely we will use the block of six games to provide opportunity to players in some different roles and positions. We will then be keeping a close eye on the IPL before choosing a World Cup squad.”


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Mitchell Marsh (Perth Scorchers/Fremantle Cricket Club) (c)

Sean Abbott (Sydney Sixers/Parramatta District Cricket Club)

Jason Behrendorff (Perth Scorchers/ Subiaco Floreat Cricket Club)

Tim David (Hobart Hurricanes/Claremont-Nedlands Cricket Club)

Nathan Ellis (Hobart Hurricanes/ Lindisfarne Cricket Club)

Josh Hazlewood (NSW/St George Cricket Club)

Travis Head (Adelaide Strikers/Tea Tree Gully Cricket Club)

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Josh Inglis (Perth Scorchers/Joondalup Cricket Club) 

Glenn Maxwell (Melbourne Stars/Fitzroy Doncaster Cricket Club)

Matt Short (Adelaide Strikers/Northcote Cricket Club)

Marcus Stoinis (Melbourne Stars/Subiaco Floreat Cricket Club) 

Matthew Wade (Hobart Hurricanes/Clarence Cricket Club) 

David Warner (Sydney Thunder/Randwick Petersham Cricket Club) 

Adam Zampa (Melbourne Renegades/Sutherland Cricket Club)

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