Maxwell hits a maximum

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Daniel Christian, who got $900,000 from Deccan Chargers last year, went unsold in the first round, before being picked up by Bangalore for his base price ($100,000) as an afterthought.

By then, the IPL had its Daniel Christian for 2013: Maxwell.

A power-hitter

Over the last couple of years, Maxwell has generated great excitement Down Under with his precocious hitting ability, best showcased during his domestic record-breaking half-century two years ago against Tasmania, and his useful off-spin.And he provided a timely reminder of his ability two days before the auction, with a blistering cameo as an opener in the first ODI against Sammy & Co.

While he went berserk against the pace of Kemar Roach and Jason Holder, he also crucially handled the wiles of Sunil Narine with aggression, using the crease intelligently and employing the reverse-sweep fearlessly. The big-buck signing also capped off a watershed week for Maxwell, who was part of Delhi Daredevils last season, after he was picked in the Australian Test squad for India.

If anything Maxwell has received stick in the past for tooting his own horn, with his teammates giving him the sobriquet of 'The Big Show.'

Though his aggressive batting has always remained Maxwell's strongest attribute, his off-spinners too have come a long way in recent times. Australia coach Mickey Arthur has already indicated that the confident youngster is being considered a bowling all-rounder. And he also revealed that Maxwell's bowling had improved by leaps and bounds. A few sessions with fellow Melburnian, Shane Warne, has been a significant fillip.

Dean Jones, his former coach, recently compared Maxwell with another Victorian who possessed similarly audacious skills and an equally mercurial personality, Ian 'the freak' Harvey. And Maxwell's no less a maverick off the field, prone to experimenting with both his looks and his deliveries.

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