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Glenn Maxwell: Didn’t think I’d be playing for Australia any time soon

Glenn Maxwell made a huge impact in the 2014 ICC World T20 © Getty Images
Glenn Maxwell made a huge impact in the 2014 ICC World T20 © Getty Images

May 12, 2014

Australian batting sensation Glenn Maxwell revealed that he nearly played for England early in his career. Maxwell, who is the leading run scorer of Indian Premier League (IPL) 7 thus far, also spoke about Darren Lehmann’s outburst against him earlier in the year.

According to a report on mid-day.com, the Sydney Morning Herald reported that the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) all-rounder had flirted with the idea of playing for England through the UK passport he has due to his father’s England heritage.

Maxwell said that he had played for Hampshire’s second XI. “I was playing T20s there and a bit of second XI cricket. They said, ‘You can go in front of the judge and say that you’re English and that you have no ambition to play for Australia. I was like, ‘Well, that’s fine, I don’t think I’m going to be playing for Australia any time soon anyway, it doesn’t bother me.’ The Hampshire coach, Giles White, actually talked me out of it. [He] said we don’t want to take that risk with you just in case something happens,” Maxwell said. As it happened, an Australia call-up came barely three months later, as he was chosen for the limited-overs series against Pakistan, as well as the World T20 in Sri Lanka that followed.

Maxwell also spoke about Darren Lehmann’s express disapproval against him after failing to remain till the end in an ODI against England at Perth earlier in 2014. “Our blokes – and Maxwell – he’s got to understand, we’ve got to play better cricket,” Lehmann was quoted to have said. Maxwell said, “It was about me being smarter in certain situations in one-day cricket. The spray was deserved. I didn’t expect it to come out publicly but that’s the way he goes about it.”

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