Glenn Maxwell to lead Melbourne Stars in Big Bash League 2019-20
Maxwell will also go under the hammer in IPL 2020 auction scheduled on December 19.
Updated - Dec 13, 2019 2:24 pm
Glenn Maxwell, the prolific all-rounder from Australia had taken an indefinite break from cricket due to mental health problems. But, it looks like he has fully recovered from it and has started playing cricket yet again. Melbourne Stars have confirmed that Maxwell will lead their side in the upcoming Big Bash League starting from December 17.
Maxwell made his last international appearance for Australia against Sri Lanka in the 1st T20I of the three-match series. He played a swashbuckling knock of 62 runs off 28 balls.
Mike Hussey is happy to have Glenn Maxwell back in Melbourne Stars
Mike Hussey, the head coach of Melbourne Stars said that he is pleased to watch Maxwell in greens, ready to lead their side in the upcoming season of Big Bash League. According to him, Maxwell is an exciting player and is very talented. It was important for him to take a break from cricket in order to recover from his mental health issues.
The former Australian cricketer also highlighted that they have a good bunch of cricketers in their team. He feels that last season stars did a commendable job in the tournament but couldn’t win the title. However, this time they are eager to get one step closer and lift the title.
“We’re pleased to see Glenn in green and ready to lead our side with a big season ahead. He’s an incredible talent and a key part of our club but health and well-being come first and it’s important that he’s been able to take some time away to focus on that.
“We’re pretty excited about how our list looks and what we’re going to bring to the table. We were obviously very close last season and want to go that one step further. We’ve got a great bunch of guys and I can’t wait to see what this group can produce this summer,” Head coach David Hussey said as quoted by Cricbuzz.
In Big Bash League, Maxwell has played 54 games and has mustered 1447 runs at a brilliant strike rate of 151.36 with 11 half-centuries and grabbed 17 wickets. He is arguably one of the most demanded players in the shorter formats because of his all-round abilities. The Aussie allrounder marked his return into the game by playing a club match for Fitzroy-Doncaster. Moreover, he is ready to be under the hammer in the IPL auction that is scheduled on December 19.