Glenn Maxwell

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Glenn Maxwell
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Maxwell in October 2011
Personal information
Full name Glenn James Maxwell
Born (1988-10-14) 14 October 1988 (age 29)
Kew, Melbourne, Australia
Nickname Maxi, The Big Show[1]
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right-arm off break
Role Batting All-rounder, Middle-order Batsman
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 434) 2 March 2013 v India
Last Test 4 September 2017 v Bangladesh
ODI debut (cap 196) 25 August 2012 v Afghanistan
Last ODI 24 September 2017 v India
ODI shirt no. 32
T20I debut (cap 58) 5 September 2012 v Pakistan
Last T20I 10 October 2017 v India
T20I shirt no. 32
Domestic team information
Years Team
2010–present Victoria (squad no. 32)
2011–2012 Melbourne Renegades
2012, 2014 Hampshire
2012–present Melbourne Stars
2013 Mumbai Indians
2013 Surrey
2014–present Kings XI Punjab
2015–present Yorkshire
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 7 77 51 127
Runs scored 339 1,977 3,031 3,429
Batting average 26.07 32.95 39.36 34.98
100s/50s 1/0 1/15 6/17 4/23
Top score 104 102 155* 146
Balls bowled 462 1,882 4,104 3,060
Wickets 8 45 57 75
Bowling average 42.62 38.66 41.49 36.29
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 4/127 4/46 4/42 4/46
Catches/stumpings 5/– 46/– 41/– 76/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 7 September 2017

Glenn James Maxwell (born 14 October 1988) is an Australian first-class cricketer who plays Tests, One Day International and Twenty 20 International matches for Australia.[2] In 2011, he set the record for the fastest ever half-century in Australian domestic one day cricket, scoring 50 runs off 19 balls.[3][4] In February 2013, the Indian Premier League team the Mumbai Indians bought him for $1 million US,[5] and in March he made his Test debut against India in the second Test at Hyderabad.[6] In 2015, Maxwell signed with County cricket team Yorkshire. In 2016, he had scored an unbeaten 145* against Sri Lankan cricket team which is the second highest score in Twenty20 Internationals. In 2017 after scoring 104, his maiden century against India in Ranchi, he thus became the second Australian to register centuries in all three formats, the first being Shane Watson. Glen Maxwell has joined an elite club of only 13 other cricketers that have scored a century in all three formats of the game.[7]

Early life[edit]

Maxwell was born in Kew, Victoria, and played his junior cricket for South Belgrave CC. He began his cricket as a pace bowler, before remodelling his run-up and becoming an off spin bowler.[8] Despite that, he also has a deceptively powerful and accurate throw to effect run-outs.[9]

Maxwell's teammates and the media gave him the nickname "The Big Show" due to his confidence and his tendency to play extravagant shots, especially a wide array and variations of sweep shots. He however prefers the nickname "Maxi".[10][11]

Glenn Maxwell during a BBL match while playing for Melbourne Stars


Maxwell joined the Victorian squad in July 2009.[12] He was called into the FDR squad in November when Andrew McDonald was injured.[13]

2010 Emerging Players Tournament[edit]

Maxwell was selected to play for the Australian Institute of Sports in the 2010 Emerging Players Tournament. He scored 63 against India in the semi-final.[14]


Maxwell made his first-class debut for Victoria against NSW in 2010-11. He took two catches, two wickets and scored 38.[15]

He lept to national attention when he scored a match winning 51 off 19 balls in a Ryobi Cup game against Tasmania. It was the fastest half century in Australian domestic one day history.[16]

He followed this with an excellent Shield game against South Australia, scoring 63 and 103, and taking three catches, winning the Man of the Match Award.[17] He scored 38 (the top score of the innings) and 61 against Queensland.[18]

2011 Emerging Players Tournament[edit]

In the 2011 Emerging Players Tournament, Maxwell scored 59 off 23 balls in a game against India.[19] He then made 110 off 52 balls against South Africa.[20]


Maxwell began the 2011-12 season well against Queensland, making 4 and 32 and taking three wickets.[21] He followed this with 92 against NSW.[22]

Maxwell took 2-30 and 3-36 against Tasmania, but only scored 2 and 10 with the bat.[23] He made 61 and 72 against WA and took two wickets.[24] In the second Victoria-WA game he scored 43 and 0 and took two wickets.[25] Maxwell made 26 and 43 against NSW.[26]

He scored 65 and took 2 wickets against Queensland.[27]

In a Ryobi Cup game against Queensland, Maxwell scored 50 off 37 balls.[28]

In the BBL Maxwell scored 124 in six innings for the Melbourne Renegades. He was briefly injured in January.

2012 IPL[edit]

Maxwell was first signed by the Delhi Daredevils in 2012 as a replacement player for Travis Birt who withdrew from the squad. Team mentor TA Sekar said he was impressed by seeing Maxwell play in the Emerging Player Contest in the previous year. "When we watched him bat, we were reminded of how we had spotted David Warner in 2008. We believe Glenn will play for Australia soon. Besides being a dashing batsman, Glenn is a solid offspinner and an amazing fielder, with infectious enthusiasm. A multi-skilled player like him will add immense value to the side."[29]

Maxwell played two games in the IPL.

2012 English Summer[edit]

Maxwell went to England to play club cricket for South Wilts and Hampshire Second XI. He played T20 for Hampshire. He played for Hampshire Second XI against Essex, scoring 66 and taking 1 for 12 in six overs.He then played T20: 32 from 12 balls against Sussex and 115 from 31 balls against MCC Young Cricketers.[30] He scored 178 runs at 59.33 and a strike rate of 178 for Hampshire in the county Twenty20 competition.

2012 UAE Tour: ODI debut[edit]

Maxwell was picked for the UAE tour of 2012. Head selector John Inverarity said Maxwell was "a versatile and lively off-spinning allrounder and brilliant fieldsman... Glenn will provide another spin bowler option on the slow, low, turning wickets in the UAE." [31]

"Maxy is someone who in terms of the 15 for the World Cup just comes with a really specific skill set that we really like," said captain George Bailey said. "He's an outstanding fielder, an outstanding athlete. When he strikes the ball he's one of the best strikers going around. He can win a game off his own bat. He's really destructive, which we love to see. He's flexible - he can bat close to the top or in the lower order. And he's a handy offspin bowler, and that was an area where we felt we needed a bit more cover."[32]

Maxwell made his debut for Australia against Afghanistan in a One Day International in the United Arab Emirates in 2012.

In his 2nd ODI, playing against Pakistan, he hit an unbeaten 56, including a six to seal victory for Australia.[33] He scored 28 and 38 in previous games.

Maxwell then played in three T20 games against Pakistan.

2012 ICC World T20 Cup[edit]

Maxwell was picked in Australia's World T20 side to play in the World Cup in Sri Lanke.[34]

"I'm very confident I can perform now at this level," said Maxwell. "Hopefully I can be that x-factor that Australia needs to win this tournament... That could mean a run out, a brilliant catch, a breakthrough wicket with the ball or big hitting. I'm really embracing that 'x-factor' tag. I don't really have too many doubts, I don't think I'm going to try to back down any time soon either."[35]

2012 CLT20[edit]

Maxwell then played for Hampshire in the CLT20 in South Africa.[36]


Maxwell began the 2012-13 summer well, scoring 58 off 53 balls in a Ryobi Cup game.[37] He scored 51 in a Shield game against Tasmania.[38]

Maxwell was picked in the Australian A side to play South Africa, replacing an injured Jon Holland. Selector John Inverarity said when he spoke to Maxwell he "said 'you're the spinner, you're in the hot seat, get on with it', and we hope he responds to that sort of challenge. Glenn is a player of particular interest, a player of great skill and exuberance and enthusiasm. We want him as an allrounder, so we're very keen for him to get opportunity with his spin bowling, and we're putting him in the hot seat here."[39] Maxwell scored 64 and took 2-70.[40]

Against NSW Maxwell took 2-12 and 0-50 and made 39 with the bat.[41] In a Shield game against South Australia, Maxwell scored a pair, but took 4-42 with the ball, his best bowling effort at first-class level to date.[42]

Maxwell was picked for the Cricket Australia Chairman's XI against Sri Lanka, scoring 91 off 77 balls and taking 1-127 with the ball.[43]

Highlights of the Big Bash that summer included 82 off 50 balls against the Sydney Sixers.[44]

Maxwell was brought into the Australian squad for the third test against Sri Lanka to replace Shane Watson. ""Glenn brings that allrounder package," said Michael Clarke. "He's scored plenty of runs for Victoria with the bat, I think he averages over 40 with the bat in first-class cricket, and he's had success with the ball. He's the full package and he has that X-factor about him."[45] Maxwell did some work with Shane Warne to help with his bowling.[46]

On 10 January 2013, he played his first ODI at home against Sri Lanka, being involved in two run outs off consecutive balls. He remained wicketless throughout the series, however, and failed in three innings with the bat.[47]

He was involved in a controversy in the 2nd T20 against Sri Lanka when involved in a verbal altercation against Sri Lanka after failing to hit the last ball for four.[48]

On 1 February 2013, he scored 51* (from 35 balls) as an opener as Australia chased down the target of 71 set by the West Indies in their first ODI. On 3 February in the series' 2nd ODI in Perth, he scored a duck, but took 4/63 with the ball to support Mitchell Starc (5/32) and help bowl out the visitors for 212 in 38.1 overs.

2013 India Tour: Test Debut[edit]

Maxwell was picked on the 2013 Indian tour.[49] Australia was hoping to use him as an all rounder despite erratic bowling form.

"Maxwell has bowled extremely well, he is getting better and better," said coach Mickey Arthur. "One of the things we've sat down and said is if you want to be the spinning allrounder you've got to put a huge amount of time into your bowling, because Maxy would always try to bowl the miracle ball and then he'd bowl a leggie, then try a doosra, he just didn't settle on anything. All we've got him in the nets is bowling offspin, offspin, offspin. It's repetition all the time and he's getting better and better at it. He's a very fast learner."[50]

"I feel like I'm definitely a genuine batsman," Maxwell said. "I've done a lot of work on my technique over the last few years... I've played some good Shield innings where I've played technically really good cricket... I'm sure if I get the chance to play Test cricket I'll probably be a bit more reserved."[51]

On March 2013, he made his Test debut against India in the second Test at Hyderabad.[6] He was included as the second spinner in the team, supporting Xavier Doherty (Nathan Lyon had been dropped and Steve O'Keefe was not taken on the tour). Maxwell failed to impress with the bat, making 13 and 8 in the first and second innings respectively, but took 4-127 with the ball.

He was dropped from the team in the third Test as Australia went with more specialist bowlers.[52] He made a comeback in the fourth and final Test in Delhi due to a Michael Clarke injury. However he failed again with the bat making just 10 and 8.

2013 IPL[edit]

At the 2013 IPL auctions, Maxwell was the most expensive player as Mumbai Indians bought him for 1 million US dollars.[53]

2013 Australia A Tour[edit]

Maxwell missed selection for the 2013 Ashes but was picked to play for Australia A in a tour of South Africa. He scored 61 and 25 against Zimbabwe A,[54] and 155 and 17 against South Africa A (taking 1-78)[55] then making a pair and taking no wickets in a second game against South Africa A.[56]

In the one day tournament, he scored 145 off 79 balls[57] and 93 against India A.[58]


Maxwell was picked in the Australian A side to play England. He did not bat and went for 0-89 off 27 overs.[59]

In the Shield, Maxwell made 5 and 6 against Tasmania.[60] He scored 35 and 38 against WA and went for 0-106 off 21 overs with the ball.[61] He did make 4 and 82 against South Australia.[62] Maxwell made 14 and 16 against Queensland.[63]

Maxwell ended the summer strongly in a Shield game against NSW. He scored 94 off 95 balls in the first innings, and 127 off 157 balls in the second (rescuing Victoria from 7-32).[64] Against South Australia he took three wickets and scored 119 and 4.[65]

2014 IPL[edit]

He was out of the Mumbai Indians retention team 2014 as per IPL 2014 retention rules.

In 2014, he was bought by Kings XI Punjab for Rs. 6 crore. In his team's opening match against Chennai Super Kings, he scored 95 runs from 43 balls (with 15 fours and two sixes) to chase down a target of 206 in 18.5 overs.

In the second match against Rajasthan Royals, he hit 89 off 45 balls with eight fours and six sixes, which included frequent reverse shots, helping his team win against a high target.

In the third match, Maxwell scored 95 runs from 43 balls with 9 sixes and 5 fours against Sunrisers Hyderabad and was awarded Man of the Match for the third time in a row.

In the 29th match of the IPL on 7 May 2014 against Chennai Super Kings, Maxwell scored 90 runs off just 38 balls with 6 fours and 8 sixes and picked up the wicket of Suresh Raina while bowling, winning the Man of the Match award for the fourth time in the season. Punjab went on to post a massive score of 231, the highest innings score of season.[66] In 16 games he had the season's 3rd highest aggregate of 552 runs at an average of 34.50.[67]

2014 World T20[edit]

Maxwell was named in Australia's 15 man Squad for 2014 World T20. He had a great start to the tournament by making 74 of just 33 balls including 7 fours and 6 sixes against Pakistan in Australia's First group stage match.[68] He finished the series as Australia's second highest run scorer, making 147 at an average of 36.75 with a strike rate of 210.00.

2014 English Summer[edit]

Maxwell went to England to play for Hampshire. He scored 24 and 85 in his one first-class game.[69]

2014 UAE Tour: Return to Test Side[edit]

Maxwell made a return to the Test team in October 2014 against Pakistan in the UAE, playing the 2nd match of the series. He made 37 in the first innings and just 4 in the second and took 0-78 with the ball.[70]

2014-15 Season[edit]

A Maxwell highlight from 2014-15 season was winning the man of the match in a BBL game scoring 66 against the Melbourne Renegades.[71]

In the Shield he took 0-37 against WA,[72] and scored 24 and took two wickets against WA.[73]

2015: World Cup[edit]

Maxwell was also part of Australia's 15 man squad for ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.[74] He made 66 runs of 38 balls in the first match against England and 88 runs off 39 balls against Afghanistan.

Later on in the tournament, he blasted a 51-ball century against Sri Lanka at the SCG, the fastest for Australia in ODI's and the second-quickest in World Cup history. It was also during early 2015 that Maxwell broke into the top 10 of the ICC one-day international batting rankings.[75][76]

He was not needed to bat in the final as Australia won the match by 7 wickets and also won their fifth World Cup title. Maxwell ended 3rd highest run scorer in Australia's team behind Steve Smith (402) and David Warner (345), scoring 324 runs at an average of 64.80 with a strike rate of 182.02.

2015 IPL[edit]

He was retained by Kings XI Punjab for 2015 IPL Season. He failed to impress in that season, not making a score higher than 43 and being dropped from the team, making an overall 145 runs in 11 games at an average of 13.18.[77]

2015 Yorkshire[edit]

Maxwell travelled to England to play for Yorkshire.

He scored 0 and 2 against Somerset,[78] 0 and 23 against Middlesex (but took three wickets),[79] 36 and 140 against Durham,[80] and 43 against Sussex.[81]

2015-16 Summer[edit]

Maxwell had a poor ODI tournament.

In the Shield he made 8 against Queensland,[82] took 0-10 against NSW,[83] 98 and 38 against WA,[84] 0 and 18 against WA,[85] 62 and 26against WA,[86] 79 off 78 balls and 63 against SA.[87]

2016 Australia A Tour[edit]

Maxwell was part of an Australia A team to tour South Africa. Against South Africa A he made 0 and 38,[88] and 13 with two wickets.[89]

2016 Sri Lanka Tour[edit]

On 6 September 2016 at Pallekele against Sri Lanka, Maxwell scored 145 off 65 deliveries remaining not out till the end, the second-highest individual score in Twenty20 International history for which he was awarded the man of the match.[90] Maxwell thus became the first batsman to hit a century in his maiden T20 innings as an opener. Credits to Glenn Maxwell, Australia in that very match also recorded the highest T20I team total of 263/3 surpassing the previous highest of 260/6 posted by Sri Lanka against Kenya way back in 2007.


Maxwell attempted to transfer to the NSW team for the 2016-17 summer but was refused.

Maxwell was dropped from the Victorian side for the first match of the 2016-17 Sheffield Shield season. "He should have been playing,” said test selector Mark Waugh. “From an Australian point of view, he’s quite capable of playing Test match cricket. You need to be asking the Victorian selectors why they left him out. It surely can’t be cricket-related because he would be in the team.”[91]

Maxwell was picked in the next Shield game and scored 81.[92] He scored 10and 3 against NSW,[93] 6 and 29 against South Australia.[94]

2017 Tour of India[edit]

Maxwell was picked on the tour of India.

He played the opening tour game against India A and scored 16 and 1.[95] Mitchell Marsh was picked for the first two tests but then was injured. Maxwell was selected to take his place at number six.

Maxwell scored his maiden Test century scoring 104 off 185 balls. His bowling was only used for four overs. He scored 2 in the second innings.[96]

In the fourth test Maxwell made 8 and 45.[97]

2017 IPL[edit]

Maxwell had a disappointing IPL in 2017. Kings team director Virender Sehwag said ""We always knew that when Maxwell fires, then he can win the match on his own. But he didn't fire in most games. That is a big disappointment... He didn't take the responsibility as a captain and didn't perform for Kings XI Punjab".[98]

2017 Bangladesh Tour[edit]

Maxwell was picked on the 2017 tour of Bangladesh. "I don't think I will change too much from what I did in India," he said. "I thought I had really good plans during the Test series against them. I will employ probably something similar, basically backing my defense and trying to revolve my game around that. It is basically going to be batting long periods of time and making sure that when we do bat those long periods of time we are making big hundreds."[99]

He scored 23 and 14 in the first test[100] and 38 and 25 not out in the second.[101]

At the end of the tour Darren Lehman said "With No.6 in Australia, it's totally different to Asia. We'll certainly be looking at that position, and anyone can jump out of the pack in the three Shield games and what we think the best make-up is for that first Test. Glenn is there at the moment, like everyone else, he'll have to perform."[102]

2017 India ODI Tour[edit]

Maxwell struggled on the ODI tour of India.


In the first Shield game of the year Maxwell made 7 and 20.[103] He scored 60 and 64 in the next game, against South Australia.[104]


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