Mercurial Australian ODI and T20 all-rounder Glenn Maxwell will take over as captain of the Melbourne Stars for the eighth edition of the BBL.
The 30-year-old replaces fast bowler John Hastings, who held the role last season but had signed with the Sydney Sixers before a rare lung condition forced him into retirement.
Maxwell, who has previously captained Indian Premier League team Kings XI Punjab, has played 37 matches for the Stars, scoring 973 runs, since joining them for BBL02.
“We’re a family and to be able to lead this group and continue to build on an already strong culture is really exciting,” Maxwell said at the franchise’s season launch in Melbourne on Wednesday.
“We’ve got a talented list which includes new signings so it’s going to be important for us to come together this week and get to know each other more both on and off the field.”
Maxwell takes over at a time of great change for the Stars who finished bottom last season, breaking a run of six finals appearances without a maiden tournament win.
Long-serving internationals English batsmen Kevin Pietersen and Luke Wright, who have scored the second-most and the most runs in the club’s history respectively, have retired.
They have been replaced by West Indies entertainer Dwayne Bravo, who signed from cross-town rivals the Renegades, and Nepalese spinner Sandeep Lamichhane.
The Stars are also waiting to see how long they will be without new signing Nic Maddinson, who broke his arm playing Sheffield Shield cricket for Victoria and seamer Dan Worrall, who hurt his back playing for SA.
Maxwell is attempting to fight his way back into contention for the Test team having been overlooked for the recent series against Pakistan and the ongoing series against India.
While content to press his claims with the white ball this summer, he has foregone the riches of the IPL next year to play English county cricket with Lancashire ahead of the 2019 Ashes series.
“This is a pretty clear sign I still want to play Test cricket,” Maxwell told the Herald Sun.
“To knock back a chance to play IPL was a big decision, and a tough decision. It’s not something you make lightly, but the thought of playing Test cricket again still burns deep.
“I desperately want to get back out there and I still think I have a lot to offer the Australian Test team.”

The first day of the Gfinity Elite Series gave us way more questions than answers
Saturday November 03, 2018

It was just four short months ago we crowned Melbourne Order as the inaugural Elite Series CS:GO champions – but a hell of a lot has changed in that time. It might seem like a lot to keep up with but, honestly, if you’re worried you’ve missed the boat on this competition, don’t worry. The […]

Japan vs Uruguay: Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time and team news for international friendly match
Tuesday October 16, 2018

URUGUAY head to Japan as they look to improve on a disappointing 2-1 loss across the sea in South Korea last week. Both sides enjoyed successful World Cup campaigns with the Japanese making it out of the group before losing to Belgium, while Uruguay beat Portugal before a quarter-final loss to champions France. Edinson Cavani […]

The post Japan vs Uruguay: Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time and team news for international friendly match appeared first on M88cvf - Link vao m88 - keom88.

The post The first day of the Gfinity Elite Series gave us way more questions than answers appeared first on M88cvf - Link vao m88 - keom88.

Can Brisbane break their finals drought?
Saturday May 18, 2019

That’s the question on everyone’s lips in Queensland after the Lions managed to topple Adelaide by a solitary point today. It was a great win for the young Lions outfit, with the Crows no pushovers after playing a solid month of football. Lachie Neale was again outstanding with 39 disposals and Charlie Cameron was dynamic […]

The post Can Brisbane break their finals drought? appeared first on M88cvf - Link vao m88 - keom88.