At just 24, Glenn Maxwell is one of the most promising cricketers in Australia’s vast stocks. A big hitting batsman who can bowl handy off-spin, Maxwell has already broken into the national side for all three formats.
In a career that has only spanned 17 First Class matches, Maxwell already boasts the fastest half century in the Ryobi Cup. A blistering 19 ball knock against the Tasmania Tigers launched his name into the selection stratosphere, with the panel excited by the Victorian’s rare talents.
Later that year, he proved he could handle the longer form of the game, when he made a solid 103* against South Australia in the Bupa Sheffield Shield.
Maxwell was rewarded with a spot in the ODI side for the series against Pakistan, where he scored 124 runs in four appearances. It might be early days, but Maxwell has already belted half a dozen sixes in the international arena.
The Victorian all-rounder pipped David Hussey for a spot in the World T20 tournament in Sri Lanka, where he received limited opportunity with both bat and ball.
Selectors have shown that Maxwell is on the horizon by picking him for the Australia A game against South Africa at the start of the 2012/13 season. The Victorian star didn’t disappoint, scoring 64 and taking 2/70 against the world’s best test team.
Maxwell made his Test debut on the VB Tour of India and showed promising signs without dominating with bat or ball. He is a cricketer with a very bright future ahead of him.