Hampshire re-sign Maxwell

Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell will return to Hampshire for this summer's NatWest T20 Blast.

Maxwell played a key role in Hampshire's victory in the 2012 competition, averaging just under 38 with the bat in his 12 appearances.

The 25-year-old earned his international Twenty20 debut for Australia later that year, and he was called up to the Test side in March 2013 before playing for Surrey in last year's 20-over tournament.

Maxwell, who has played in 24 one-day internationals, was also the most expensive player in last year's Indian Premier League auction after being bought for $1m by the Mumbai Indians.

He will feature for King's Punjab XI in this year's IPL before heading to Hampshire, where he could feature in the County Championship depending on the availability of South African Kyle Abbott.

"I'm really looking forward to re-joining Hampshire after a year with Surrey in the T20s," said Maxwell, whose extraordinary confidence has earned the nickname "The Big Show" from his Australia team-mates.

"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."

Hampshire 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."

Maxwell also provides another option in the spin department for Hampshire along with Danny Briggs and Liam Dawson.