Glenn Maxwell reveals Shane Warne’s ‘love’ for London Spirit as he begins T20 World Cup preparations


Glenn Maxwell reveals Shane Warne’s ‘love’ for London Spirit and insists he wants to put ‘his best foot forward’ following the legend’s death… and hopes to use his first Hundred stint to kick off preparations for Australia’s T20 World Cup defense

  • Australian legend Shane Warne died in March while on vacation in Thailand
  • Glenn Maxwell, however, missed Warne’s only season in charge of London Spirit
  • But Maxwell insists Warne’s passion and enthusiasm for them was unwavering
  • Maxwell is set to cut short his Hundred campaign due to Australian commitments

Glenn Maxwell has revealed Shane Warne was ‘almost bragged’ to coach London Spirit and now wants to win the Hundred for the legendary Aussie.

The former leg batsman died in March aged 52 while on holiday in Thailand, his death leaving the cricketing world in shock and grief.

Maxwell, 33, missed what would prove to be Warne’s only season in charge of the Lord-based side after pulling out of the inaugural Hundred in June last year.

He is also expected to cut short this year's tournament

Glenn Maxwell has revealed Shane Warne ‘almost bragged’ about coaching London Spirit

Former Hundred leg spinner and trainer died in March aged 52 while on vacation

Former Hundred leg spinner and trainer died in March aged 52 while on vacation

But speaking ahead of their first match of this year’s tournament against London rivals Oval Invincibles – which will be shown live on sky sports – the Australian all-rounder has revealed Warne’s ‘love’ for his team.

‘As soon as I was picked up by London [Spirit] in the draft I was on the phone with Warnie all the time trying to get the team together, different combinations,’ Maxwell said sports mail.

“We were tight off the pitch and we had a lot in common, so it’s been quite a difficult year for a lot of people. I got to see Jackson (Warne’s son) the other day, that was good to see him here and hopefully he can attend the game and see the boys play.

“Last year he [Warne] had Covid for the most part, so he actually missed a huge game because he was self-isolating for most of the tournament, so he was kind of sewn up there.

Maxwell missed what turned out to be Warne's only season in charge of the Lord-based side

Maxwell missed what turned out to be Warne’s only season in charge of the Lord-based side

“But he said it was an amazing tournament to be in. All he talked about last year was ‘we were going to get it right’. The excitement in his voice…he spoke about it with passion. He loved this team.

“The amount he talked about this place, he loved it. He almost bragged about coaching the team that played at Lord’s, which was always kind of funny. He absolutely loved it here and we are going to do our best to give him the best of ourselves.

Maxwell is set to play for London Spirit more than he did last summer, but is still set to cut short his Hundred campaign after being included in a 14-man squad to play six ODIs in August and September against Zimbabwe and New Zealand.

It’s actually T20 World Cup warm-up matches for Aaron Finch’s men against India, West Indies and England as part of the defense of their first crown, less than a year after their glorious campaign in the United Arab Emirates.

Maxwell has admitted he is already preparing for Australia's T20 World Cup defense

Maxwell has admitted he is already preparing for Australia’s T20 World Cup defense

It’s the tournament that Maxwell – who hit 28 of 18 in the win over New Zealand last November – already has his eye on him, adding: “I’m trying to do my own preparation for the Cup of the T20 world, that’s what my whole game is heading towards at the moment.

“I want to use those conditions and the quality of the teams and the players in those teams to hopefully prepare myself.

“I know I’m only here for a short time and I have nine long months on the road, so it’s about getting my body right and not getting injured during that time that will be key.

“Especially being on the wrong side of 30, you have to do all the right things around your training, and that’s something I’ve worked really hard on to keep that consistency of training and working out in the gym for me. ensure you remain injury-free. .

‘This [the Hundred] is an exciting new tournament that I wanted to participate in anyway, so I’m always going to approach the games the same as every other game.

The all-rounder hit 28 out of 18 in the win over New Zealand last November

The all-rounder hit 28 out of 18 in the win over New Zealand last November

It spells a rocky end to the year for Maxwell, who also revealed he would rather play five balls than 10 straight balls in the Hundred, believing he wouldn’t be able to “get away with it” as a ” standard”. off-spinner with not a lot of tricks.

But as the scrutiny mounts on the busy schedule of national and international players around the world, the 33-year-old insists stoppage time is becoming more and more of an issue.

“It’s certainly hard trying to choose when you’re taking a break and it’s hard when you’re traveling because there are still different [Covid] rules everywhere,” he continued.

The 33-year-old insists finding time outs in schedules is becoming increasingly problematic

The 33-year-old insists finding time outs in schedules is becoming increasingly problematic

“When you don’t have that freedom to just be able to move around and do normal things, it can get quite exhausting, longer and harder on your body and you end up spending a lot of time lying on your bed.

“You’re sore and tired and it only gets worse and makes it much harder to get through a streak.

“For the national player who tries to organize his own schedule and choose what he does, it’s a nightmare. I will probably retire at the right time [at this rate]!’

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