Hampshire have re-signed Australia and Victoria all-rounder Glenn Maxwell for the 2014 Natwest T20 Blast.
Maxwell said: "I'm really looking forward to re-joining Hampshire after a year with Surrey in the T20s. I've made a lot of close friends from the Hampshire squad and management and I look forward to being part of another successful season with them."
Director of Cricket, Giles White added: “It’s great to have Maxi back with us, he is an extremely popular figure here both amongst the playing group and with the supporters. His all-round qualities make him a great fit in what is shaping up to be an exciting T20 squad.”
The 25 year-old will be available for most of the campaign and will be on standby for LV= County Championship and Royal London One-Day Cup cricket should regular overseas player Kyle Abbott suffer injury or receive a South Africa international call-up. He will, however, miss the early part of the season after signing for IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab in the recent auction. The final of that tournament is scheduled for 3rd June - after Hampshire’s first four T20 fixtures.
Maxwell was part of the Hampshire side that won the 2012 Friends Life t20 before playing for Surrey last season. He played nine times for the Royals in the competition, scoring 179 runs and taking seven wickets with his off-breaks. Back then, he was still establishing a reputation for himself - he also played for local club side South Wilts that summer - but would go on to play for Australia in both ODI and T20I cricket before the year was out. He is now a regular member of both their limited-overs sides and has also played Test cricket.
More recently, he was signed for around US$1million by Kings XI Punjab in the IPL after being signed for a similar amount in 2013 by Mumbai Indians. Last week, he hit 94 and 127 for state side Victoria as they were hammered by New South Wales in the Sheffield Shield, helping them recover from nine for six to post 186 in their second innings.
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