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Glenn Maxwell targets T20 World Cup after stunning return to cricket

Glenn Maxwell targets T20 World Cup after stunning return to cricket
Glenn Maxwell reminded fans of his immense talent in the BBL on Friday night. Photograph: Dave Hunt/AAP

Fresh from a successful return to cricket, Glenn Maxwell said the lure of a home T20 World Cup is hard to look past when discussing his future ambitions. Maxwell’s first professional game back after a two-month break due to mental health issues resulted in a man-of-the-match performance for Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League on Friday night.

The all-rounder smashed 83 off just 39 deliveries as the Stars began their tournament with a 22-run win over Brisbane Heat at Metricon Stadium.

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While conceding his omission earlier this week from Australia’s squad for next month’s three-match ODI tour of India was disappointing, Maxwell had far from given up on returning to the national team in the future.

“Yeah certainly, especially with the T20 World Cup around the corner,” he said. “There’s that big carrot I suppose at the start of next season and I’ll be doing everything I can to work towards that.”

Given his lack of match time and uncertainty over his form, Maxwell could understand why he’d been left out of the one-day team.

“I probably haven’t dwelled on it as much as I probably did in the past,” he said.

“I suppose not shelving it and just not thinking about it, being able to have the conversations with people about it and deal with it appropriately. That’s probably something I haven’t done very well in the past and to be able to get through the other side and perform well, really makes a big difference.”

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Maxwell was also given a boost on the eve of his playing return, being picked up by Kings XI Punjab in Thursday’s IPL auction on a $2.91m contract.

“I was extremely happy. We were following it with coaching staff,” Maxwell said.

“We were watching all the Stars players come out and when my name came out we were just refreshing like mad. Couldn’t watch it anywhere so we were just watching it on the Twitter feed.

“Very exciting and glad to be going home to the Kings XI. I’ve got a lot of great memories there, had four really good years there so looking forward to getting back.”

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