Cricket Australia (CA) is currently investigating Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell following an incident during a night out that resulted in his hospitalization due to an alcohol-related issue. The confirmation of the investigation was made on Monday after Maxwell attended a musical band performance featuring former Australian fast bowler Brett Lee. While the details of the incident leading to Maxwell’s hospitalization were not disclosed, reports indicate that an ambulance was called. Maxwell was discharged the same night and returned to training the next morning, but CA decided to give him some rest for the upcoming ODI series against West Indies starting on February 2.

In a statement, Cricket Australia addressed the situation:

“Cricket Australia is aware of an incident involving Glenn Maxwell in Adelaide over the weekend and is seeking further information. 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.”

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Additionally, Australia’s middle-order batter Travis Head has contracted COVID-19 after being awarded the Player of the Match in the first Test at Adelaide and will not be available for the upcoming Test. On a positive note, opener Usman Khawaja has been declared fit to play, having passed all regular fitness tests after recovering from a delayed concussion caused by a heavy blow to the helmet grille and jaw. With Khawaja back in the lineup in place of Head, Australia is likely to maintain the remaining playing XI from the Adelaide Test as they aim to secure a series sweep by winning the second match.


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