Childhood & Early Life
Glenn James Maxwell was born in Kew, Victoria, Australia on October 14, 1988 to father, Neil Maxwell, and mother, Joy Maxwell. He also has an elder brother, Daniel Maxwell.
While at primary school, he was forced to bat left-handed since he was too good and the other boys could not bowl him out.
From a young age, he started playing junior cricket for the Victorian ‘South Belgrave Cricket Club.’
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In July 2009, Glenn Maxwell’s professional cricket career started when he joined the ‘Victoria’ state team.
In January 2010, he played in the ‘Hong Kong Cricket Sixes’ tournament and the ‘Emerging Players Tournament’ for the Australian Institute of Sports.
In February 2011, he made his first-class debut playing for ‘Victoria’ against ‘NSW.’ He became an overnight sensation when he hit the fastest-50 in Australian domestic One-Day cricket during the ‘Ryobi One-Day Cup.’
In 2012, he played two games in the IPL for ‘Delhi Daredevils’, and club cricket for English team ‘South Wilts’ and ‘Hampshire Second XI’. During Australia’s UAE tour, he made his ODI debut against Afghanistan and T20I debut against Pakistan. He also played in the ‘ICC World Twenty20’ that year.
In March 2013, he made his test debut against India. He joined the ‘Mumbai Indians’ in the IPL that year and also played in the ‘2013 ICC Champions Trophy’.
In 2014, he delivered outstanding performances for his IPL team, ‘Kings XI Punjab’. He continued his top-class performance in the ‘2014 ICC World Twenty20’. His form took a dive during a test series in UAE against Pakistan, but he had better luck in the ODIs.
In 2015, despite his bad form, he was selected for Australia’s ‘2015 ICC Cricket World Cup’ squad, where he broke made the heads turn with his explosive batting. In the World Cup, he scored a 51-ball century against Sri Lanka at the SCG; it is the fastest century by Australian in ODIs and the second-fastest in World Cup history. In the IPL that year, however, he failed to impress and was eventually dropped from ‘Kings XI Punjab’.
After playing club cricket in England for some time, in the 2015-16 season, Maxwell played ODIs against India, New Zealand, West Indies and South Africa in various international tournaments.
In 2016, after sitting out the Test and ODI matches in Australia’s 2016 Sri Lanka tour, he scored unbeaten 145 off 65 deliveries against Sri Lanka in a T20I match.
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In March 2017, amidst match-fixing allegations, he scored his maiden test century against India in Ranchi. He also became captain of ‘Kings XI Punjab’ in the 2017 IPL season, but failed to make a mark.
During the 2017-18 season, he delivered an outstanding performance in the ‘Big Bash League’ (BBL) season and helped Australia rack up a win in the ‘Trans-Tasman Tri-Series’ too. He also scored his maiden double century during the ‘Sheffield Shield’ competition in 2017.
The ‘Delhi Daredevils’ picked him up for the 2018 IPL season for USD 1.75 million, but he gave a poor performance. In April, ‘Cricket Australia’ gave him a national contract for the 2018-19 season. He led Australia to a smashing victory over England in the ‘2018 Tri-Series.’
After 2017 match-fixing allegations resurfaced, he was dropped from Australia’s 2018 UAE test tour squad, but was called in for the T20 matches.
In February 2019, he pulled off a stunning T20 victory for Australia against India with his knockout century and swashbuckling innings.
In March 2019, he played brilliantly during the Pakistan v/s Australia ODI series in UAE.
In April 2019, he was selected to be a part of Australia’s ‘2019 Cricket World Cup’ squad.
He currently plays for the English county cricket team ‘Lancashire County Cricket Club’, for ‘Melbourne Stars’ in the Australian Twenty20 competition and first-class cricket for ‘Victoria’.
Awards & Achievements
In 2010, Glenn Maxwell won the ‘Player of the Tournament’ award in the ‘Hong Kong Cricket Sixes’ tournament.
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In 2011, in the ‘Ryobi One-Day Cup’, he became Australia’s fastest domestic half-century scorer.
In 2013, during a match against India, he became the record-holder for the joint-fastest 50 for Australia in ODIs.
During the 2014 IPL season, he won the ‘Man of the Match’ award four times.
In the ‘2015 ICC Cricket World Cup’, he became the record-holder for the ‘fastest ODI century by an Australian’ and the ‘second-fastest century in World Cup history’. He was also presented with the ‘Australian Twenty20 International Player of the Year’ award that year.
In 2016, he became the first player to hit a century in his maiden T20I match as an opening batsman, and had the second-highest individual score in T20I history, during Australia’s tour of Sri Lanka. He was also awarded the ‘Australian ODI Player of the Year’ award that year.
In 2017, during a test match against India in Ranchi, he created history by becoming the second Australian batsman to score centuries in all three formats of cricket, joining a select club of cricketers who had reached this milestone in their career.
In February 2019, during Australia’s T20 tour of India, he set the record for being the first Australian and world’s third cricketer to score three T20 centuries. He also won the ‘Man of the Match’ and ‘Man of the Series’ awards in the same series.
Family & Personal Life
Glenn Maxwell has quite a colourful dating life and has been linked to many women. He was dating Sonja Steffen in the year 2015.
In 2017, he was rumoured to be dating Australian journalist and TV presenter, Candice Wyatt, from whom he split after eight months of romance.
At present, he is in a relationship with Jayne Egeberg. It is unclear if they are married.
In 2018, he was indirectly implicated in an Al Jazeera exposé for being part of a match-fixing scandal during the third test match between Australia and India. But he strongly denied all such allegations.
His favourite shot is the ‘switch shot’ and his favourite cricketers are Shane Warne, Adam Gilchrist, Sachin Tendulkar and Jonty Rhodes.
His nickname is ‘The Big Show’ but he prefers to be called ‘Maxi’.
When ‘Mumbai Indians’ paid USD 1 million for him at the 2013 IPL auction, he became the most expensive player of that year.