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Glenn Maxwell says he almost played for England

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Jun 13, 2014

Australian big-hitter, Glenn Maxwell fresh from his heroics in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 said he almost considered switching allegiance to England while playing County cricket for Hampshire.

Speaking to the ECB website,Maxwell said he was tempted by the option gifted by English country as there was uncertainty surrounding his future with Australia.

“It worked out for the best” said Maxwell. “When I first came over here, I had an English passport and I was thinking about converting to an English player,” he said.

Maxwell is now the toast of Australia in the shorter formats after his consistent ability to clear the ropes with ease. He also won the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in the recently concluded IPL, CA website read.

“I wasn’t sure how my cricket was going back home and I really just wanted to play the whole season as an English player in the first-class arena. I had the option of doing that, and after a long chat with Giles (White, Hampshire director of cricket), we decided to go against it,” he said.

The current scenario though presents a plethora of opportunities including becoming a mainstay in Australia’s Test side, which Victorian batsman is excited about.

“It obviously worked out for the best because they gave me plenty of opportunities as an overseas player in the T20, and I got picked up for Australia soon after that. So it was a good choice and I’m very thankful to him for that.”

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