'We're All Adults' - Pat Cummins Addresses Maxwell's Adelaide Incident

image-lrq40basCummins addressed the Maxwell incident (x.com)

Australian cricket captain Pat Cummins addressed the media regarding all-rounder Glenn Maxwell's late-night visit to a hospital in Adelaide for an 'alcohol-related' incident. While Cricket Australia (CA) is currently investigating the matter, Cummins emphasised the need for players to take responsibility for their off-field decisions.

During a press conference ahead of the second Test against the West Indies, Cummins commented on Maxwell's situation, stating, 

"We're all adults, been part of night outings, you have got to make your own decisions. You must accept responsibility for every choice you make and feel at ease with it." He emphasized that Maxwell was at a private function and not with the Australian cricket team at the time of the incident.

Cummins, pressed about Maxwell's actions, acknowledged being at the pub where the incident occurred but mentioned leaving early and not encountering Maxwell. Regarding questions about whether Maxwell had an alcohol problem, Cummins avoided a direct response, saying, "It's not for me today."

Maxwell's hospitalisation occurred just hours after his withdrawal from the ODI squad for the upcoming West Indies series, citing workload management. Despite CA asserting that the timing was coincidental, Maxwell's involvement in the incident raises questions about potential sanctions.

The upcoming second Test against the West Indies is scheduled to begin on January 25 in Brisbane. While Maxwell is expected to be part of the subsequent three-match T20I series starting on February 9, his availability and any disciplinary actions remain uncertain pending CA's investigation.

In reflecting on the team's achievements, Cummins expressed pride in the group's success, highlighting victories in the World Test Championship, the retention of the Ashes, and the ODI World Cup triumph in 2023. He commended the team's discipline and performance on the field over the past couple of years.