Australian cricketer Glenn Maxwell remembers a discussion with former London Spirit coach Shane Warne as he gears up to make his Century debut. Maxwell showed that he instantly started talking strategies and strategies with Warne after the London Spirit roped him in.
The Victorian is one of the most discovered white-ball performers globally and will play for the London Spirit in the next season of the Century. The 33-year-old hopped the initial season of the tournament last year as then-coach Shane Warne announced Josh Inglis as his substitute.
“We're going to miss him”
Eoin Morgan says the death of Shane Warne, who coached his side at London Spirit in last year’s Hundred, still hasn’t quite sunk inAdvertisement
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) April 11, 2022
Talking to ESPN Cricinfo, Maxwell reminisces how he and the late Shane Warne started discussing the team and the combinations after the London Spirit picked him in the outline. He said:
“When the draft happened, I wasn’t sure who I was going to go to, but as soon as I was picked by London I was basically on the phone with Warnie pretty much nonstop. Trying to work out the team and all that sort of stuff. Different combinations.”
The 32-year-old reminisced Warne’s love for the match and the thrill of having Maxwell on the team. The swashbuckling batter remained:
“He said it was an amazing tournament to be a part of and all he was talking about after last year was, ‘Oh next year, we’re going to get it right, it’s fine, you’ll be coming over.’ The excitement in his voice, he spoke really passionately about it and, yeah, he loves this team.
“He loved being able to almost brag about coaching the team playing at Lord’s, which was always quite funny.”
The hero spin bowler died of a suspicious heart attack on March 4 this year in Thailand (Asia). His coaching stretch with the London Spirit was unusual as COVID-19 ruled him out of a chunk of the match.
“I’m effort to get my own training done for the World Cup” – Glenn Maxwell
Maxwell, who will head home after a few matches to fulfill his international commitments, has his view on the next T20 World Cup at home. He expect the Century will be useful in his planning for the World Cup and added:
“I think me personally, I’m trying to get my own preparation done for the World Cup. That’s my whole game at the moment, is gearing towards that T20 World Cup. I’ll use these conditions and the quality of teams and players in all those teams to hopefully get myself prepared.Advertisement
“I know I’m only here for a short period of time but I’m going to be training with a goal in mind to be ready for that T20 World Cup.”
Now that is potentially good business for the Spirit, but given the minimal benefit, we're surprised Glenn Maxwell has signed up!
What do you think? Is costing Maxwell 25k for that small a potential benefit worth it?
Let us know…
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The cricketer was part of the Australian team that lifted their initial T20 World Cup trophy past year in the UAE. Meanwhile, the London Spirit will open their fight against the Oval Unbeatable on Thursday (August 4) at the Oval.
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