Glenn Maxwell revealed his desire to return to Hampshire next season and declared: I want to be your overseas star.
The Royals all-rounder has been a revelation in this year’s Friends Life t20 competition, having initially been signed as cover for Shahid Afridi.
His impressive performances have caught the eye of the Australia one-day selectors and, as a result, he turns out for the last time in Hampshire colours in tonight’s quarter-final showdown at Nottinghamshire.
That will also mean he will miss finals day at Cardiff’s Sofia Gardens – if the Royals get there.
But after his recent selection for Australia, Maxwell is keen to finish what he started on the south coast and nurture an ongoing relationship at the Ageas Bowl.
He said: ‘I can definitely see myself coming back and having more county seasons – hopefully a full season playing all three formats of the game.
‘I’ve told Hampshire I would love to play in all three formats and do a full season – being a first-class player as well as a t20 player.
‘Whether or not that happens next year, I’m not really sure. Time will tell.
‘In the future, I will need to find a county who needs me in all three formats.
‘Hopefully, that is Hampshire because I’ve really enjoyed it here.
‘They have been good enough to play me in the seconds and give me the opportunity to play the amount of cricket I needed over here.’
The Australian’s destiny for next season could yet be out of his hands if he achieves another of his ambitions – to force his way into the Aussie Test side for the next Ashes tour.
‘There is an Ashes trip next year and if I do really well, there’s a chance for me,’ said Maxwell.
‘There’s no hiding that I would love to be involved in that.
‘Before this trip and before I was selected for the one-day side, that wasn’t a motivation for me at all.
‘But then I started thinking about it and it’s actually a possibility now.
‘If I do well in the Aussie summer and take my chance in the one-day team, there could be a chance for me to get a call-up next year.
‘Obviously, it’s a long way off but I feel that if I can do well in one Australia side, there’s no reason why I couldn’t be in all three.’
But before he makes the trip to Dubai to take on Pakistan, Maxwell is keen to complete a winning send-off with the Royals.
He said: ‘I am still focused on this quarter-final. I take my cricket one game at a time and I am still a Hampshire player in t20 cricket.
‘When I am getting on the plane to Dubai, things might kick in a bit more.
‘It’s a bit weird I’m leaving before the end of the tournament when it’s like I haven’t completed the job.
‘But hopefully we can win this one and the guys can do the rest when they get to finals day.
‘I’m sure I’ll be watching on TV but, then again, I’m a shocking watcher of cricket so that will be tough.
‘But the guys are well capable of doing the job without me.’