Glenn Maxwell certainly has the talent and confidence to make a real difference to Hampshire this season and, by doing so, light up the T20 Blast competition.

The big hitting Australian has returned to Hampshire, after playing for the club in 2012, following a highly successful stint in the Indian Premier League with the Kings XI Punjab, where he became the first $1m player.

He was voted the most valuable player in the tournament after hitting 552 runs, including four half-centuries, three of which were scores in the 90s, as well as hitting a mammoth 36 sixes, the most by any player.

He averaged just over 34 but his strike rate - at nearly 188 runs per 100 balls - set him apart from most other batsmen. Although he struggled later in the tournament, after such a bright start, he was still the third-highest run scorer in the entire competition.

Despite Maxwell's success in T20s the Australian wants to break into the Test side and hold down a permanent place. He will have opportunities to impress the Aussie selectors with his performances in the County Championship as he takes over from South African Kyle Abbott when he goes on tour to Sri Lanka.

Hampshire have become very successful in the shorter format of the game having reached the last four Finals Days, winning the competition in 2010 and 2012.

Despite only hitting seven runs on his return to the Hampshire side in the T20 Blast victory against Kent on Thursday evening, including a huge six, Maxwell will add to what is already a formidable looking side in the T20 format.

South African bowler Kyle Abbott has already impressed everyone at the club in all formats of the game.

Added to their overseas stars are the likes of Michael Carberry, who will be eager to prove a point to the England selectors, Sean Irvine, Jimmy Adams and James Vince, who is currently the leading run scorer in the competition. Youngsters Danny Briggs and Christopher Wood also have well developed T20 bowling skills which enables the side to defend totals when fielding second.

Hampshire expect to reach Finals Day at Edgbaston in August and nobody will bet against them given their current form. After their victory over Kent they top the South Group and are looking on course for yet more T20 glory.

Their next T20 game is next Friday at Taunton against Somerset.

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