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Glenn Maxwell included in Australia’s World Cup squad despite a string of mediocre performances in the ongoing Twenty20 Big Bash League © Getty Images

Jan 11, 2015

Australia have reposed faith in enigmatic cricketer Glenn Maxwell and backed the all-rounder to come good in the impending ICC World Cup 2015. Maxwell, a destructive right-arm batsman and a handy off-spinner, was included in Australia’s 15-man squad for the mega event despite a string of mediocre performances in the ongoing Twenty20 Big Bash League.

Maxwell has came in for sharp criticism for his indifferent form both with the bat and the ball but returned to his big-hitting ways Saturday, blasting a match-winning 44-ball 66 for the Melbourne Stars win against the Melbourne Renegades. And his inclusion was believed to be as much about his exploits with the ball as it is for his damaging capabilities with the bat.

“Maxi is Maxi. “We’ve got the utmost faith in Glenn Maxwell as a cricketer, and as a bloke. He’ll do well, because he’s in our 15. They’ll all do well,” said Cricket Australia (CA) chairman of selectors Rodney Marsh.

Australia’s World Cup campaign begins Feb 14 against England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Maxwell has scored 891 runs in 36 One-Day Internationals (ODI) for Australia at an average of 29.70 and a strike-rate of 120.40.