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Maxwell believes that his IPL experience will help him at the World Cup.

After missing Australia's recent tours to the West Indies and Bangladesh, the 32-year-old, along with top-order batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner, will return to action.

The Indian Premier League (IPL) will help Australia’s players when it returns in Dubai on Sunday, and the experience will prepare them well for the Twenty20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, according to all-rounder Glenn Maxwell.

After missing Australia’s recent tours to the West Indies and Bangladesh, the 32-year-old, along with top-order batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner, will return to action.

Due of a COVID-19 outbreak in India, the second part of the IPL season was moved to the UAE, and Maxwell said it was a great opportunity for the players to get used to the surroundings before the World Cup begins on Oct. 17.

“Even if they’re not playing, they’re working alongside some of the finest players in the world and getting used to it,” Maxwell told www.cricket.com.au. “Hopefully, we’ll be able to hit the ground running in the World Cup.” https://www.cricket.com.au/news/glenn-maxwell-indian-premier-league-ipl-west-indies-bangladesh-bubble-australia-test-tours-rcb/2021-09-16

“It’s a great lead-up for the folks who will be over there, in my opinion.

“To be able to train in those facilities and acclimate, it’ll be hot, and I believe having that extra month there would be beneficial for those guys.”

The Royal Challengers Bangalore player stated he skipped Australia’s recent trips so he wouldn’t have to live in a biosecure bubble for another two months.

“It takes a toll on some of the guys,” he continued.

Australia, which is now rated sixth in Twenty20 cricket, fell 4-1 in both the West Indies and Bangladesh.

Maxwell, on the other hand, was upbeat about Australia’s chances of winning the World Cup, the only major global trophy they had yet to win.

“We have a 100 percent chance of winning,” he remarked.

“I think we have a wonderful group of players with a lot of experience.

“It can be difficult to stop one or two players who are on fire at the start of the competition.”

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