Maxwell joins the million-dollar club

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Victorian allrounder Glenn Maxwell had a million reasons to celebrate on Sunday despite being dismissed for a first-ball duck in Australia’s one-day clash with the West Indies at the WACA Ground.

Maxwell was bought for $US1 million ($A960,800) at Sunday’s Indian Premier League auction, with Ricky Ponting ($400,000) and Phil Hughes ($100,000) also joining him at the Mumbai Indians.

Other Australians to get snapped up included Test skipper Michael Clarke ($400,000 to Pune Warriors), Luke Pomersbach ($300,000 to Kings XI Punjab), James Faulkner ($400,000 to Rajasthan Royals), Moises Henriques ($300,000 to Royal Challengers Bangalore) and Dirk Nannes ($600,000 to Chennai Super Kings).

But it was Maxwell who enjoyed the best pay day of the lot, despite starting with a reserve price of just $200,000.

The 24-year-old’s star is definitely on the rise after being selected in Australia’s 17-man squad for the upcoming Test tour of India.

But it wasn’t all good news for Maxwell, who made a duck against the West Indies after chopping Darren Sammy onto his stumps.

© AAP 2014
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