Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

All well with Maxwell ahead of Australia’s World Cup campaign


Australia head into the Twenty20 World Cup with question marks over the form and fitness of multiple players but have no such worries about Glenn Maxwell, who is enjoying a sparkling buildup in the Indian Premier League.

Maxwell has been Royal Challenger­s Bangalore’s standout batsman with 447 runs at a lofty strike rate of 146.55, and has caught fire since the IPL’S resumption in the United Arab Emirates.

After three consecutiv­e halfcentur­ies, Maxwell was steaming toward a fourth against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday but had to be content with a 40 after being brilliantl­y run out by Kane Williamson.

The wicket turned the game for Hyderabad, who claimed a four-run win.

Maxwell’s blazing form bodes well for Australia’s hopes of a maiden world T20 title and has helped clean the slate after a disappoint­ing 2020 IPL with Punjab Kings.

He was offloaded by Punjab ahead of the players’ auction in January, opening a path for Bangalore to swoop for the 32-year-old allrounder.

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