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Maxwell bolsters Hampshire for Twenty20

ESPNcricinfo staff

May 29, 2012

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Glenn Maxwell shapes to play an attacking shot, Australian Institute of Sport v India Emerging Players, Emerging Players tournament, 3rd day, Townsville, August 13, 2011
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Hampshire have bolstered their options for the Friends Life t20 by registering Australia allrounder Glenn Maxwell who has been playing club cricket for South Wilts and Hampshire Second XI.

The signing of Maxwell, a 23-year-old right-handed batsman and offspinner, provides cover for Hampshire's two overseas players already signed for the Flt20: Simon Katich - who is with Hampshire for the whole season and played in the first season of T20 in 2003 - and Shahid Afridi, who also played T20 for Hampshire last season, where Hampshire reached finals day and lost to Somerset in the semi-final on a super over.

If Maxwell is required he will bring experience from both the IPL, where he played two games for Delhi Daredevils this season, and the Big Bash League with the Melbourne Renegades, for whom he scored 124 runs in six innings. He made his Hampshire Second XI debut against Essex in a Trophy match at the start of May, scoring 66 and taking 1 for 12 in six overs before two blistering T20 innings: 32 from 12 balls against Sussex and 115 against MCC Young Cricketers - his century coming from 31 balls with the last fifty from 11 balls.

"I like to say I'm an entertaining cricketer in all facets of the game," Maxwell said. "So I like to try to entertain the crowds and keep the game pretty interesting. I've seen a few of the crowds for the Twenty20s and they've been really good. So I'm looking forward to seeing West End packed out and hopefully getting a few runs in front of a big crowd.

"We've got an amazing squad and a really gifted bunch of young players so I'd be very surprised if we weren't up the top somewhere in the FLt20."

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Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 7:07 GMT)

second fifty in 11 balls, I've never been a fan of Maxwell but that would have been something to see!

Posted by Meety on (May 31, 2012, 0:19 GMT)

@Andrew Foruria - you're right his T20 stats are currently pretty average. The key to viewing Maxwell (IMO), is allow for the fact that he has only been playing top level cricket for just over 2 yrs. When you look at a FC ton & ave of 45, a List A S/R of 140+ (Afridi is about 100), an FC bowling ave of 36, it all paints a picture of a player that has got plenty of upside. I would say that he may not be utilised right in the T20 format atm, is he a batsmen? a spinner? an allrounder? Across 3 formats, he has only played 38 games, which is a comparitively small sample size, I think he'll do well. I would like to have him considered for this yr's T20 w/cup.

Posted by njr1330 on (May 30, 2012, 15:59 GMT)

"money,money, money..it's a rich man's world!' ... as ABBA put it!

Posted by Stark62 on (May 30, 2012, 10:32 GMT)

Oh no, please don't say the English counties are going to start picking 3rd rate Aussies like ipl teams!

Why not go for someone like N. McCullum, Ryder, Hodge or someone in that category of players?

Posted by   on (May 30, 2012, 9:23 GMT)

It's funny, because although Maxwell is a pretty good cricketer, look at his T20 record. It's absolutely awful.

Posted by jonesy2 on (May 30, 2012, 6:26 GMT)

great pickup indeed. he will be the best player in the side by a mile and will be looking to get a spot in australias world cup team

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