Young gun Glenn Maxwell proved to be a valuable addition to the Melbourne Stars outfit in BBL|02.
The highly regarded all-rounder, best known for his batting exploits, struck 145 runs in seven innings’ at a super strike rate of 152, including a high score of 82 against Sydney Sixers (from 50 balls).
Maxwell stepped it up in the field at crucial times taking a wicket with his off-spin bowling and a crucial run-out when the Stars’ season lay in the balance against the Gayle-led Sydney Thunder.
The 24-year-old topped off a breakthrough 2012 when he was called up to Australia’s Test team after already making his ODI and T20I debuts.
Maxwell was rewarded with the 433rd baggy green in Hyderabad, India in early 2013. The powerful striker, handy off spinner and athletic fieldsman battled hard in tough conditions for the Aussie team.
Many will remember Maxwell from his special knock for Victoria in a Ryobi Cup match where he made the fastest half-century in Australian One-Day history, striking 61 from 27 leading them to victory and it appears this reputation has spread to all corners of the globe with the multi-skilled player in demand.
Similarly, another Maxwell power-innings propelled the Mumbai Indians to win the lucrative $2.5 million dollar Karbonn Smart 2013 Champions League prize and lift the Champions League trophy.
Maxwell, who Mumbai bought for one million dollars in the 2013 IPL auction, proved his worth by blasting 37 runs from 14 balls in the Final to propel his side’s total against the Rajasthan Royals and ultimately secure the most sought after T20 trophy in the world.
Earmarked as one of the most crucial players to the Stars line-up, he is contracted with the Stars until BBL|05.
He is one of Australia's emerging Stars, his all-round skills are already attracting huge interest