Ashes 2017/18: Glenn Maxwell Feels Big Runs Around the Corner For Him
The Australian number six spot for the upcoming Ashes is up for grabs, and all the potential contenders for the position want to prove their case for the spot right in the JLT Sheffield shield opening rounds. Glenn Maxwell who was Australia’s integral part of the Test set up in the sub-continent has had a dry spell of runs since his breakthrough hundred against India in Ranchi earlier this year. However, he feels a slight technical change in his batting will help him on bouncier Australian wickets.
Maxwell is looking forward to his first Ashes series, and his first Test on home soil as all his previous Tests have been on away tours. The right-hander has tough competition for the spot and needs a substantial score in the next two Shield matches to have an advantage over the likes of in-form Hilton Cartwright and the Marsh brothers.
Maxwell played most of his cricket on low and turning wickets in the sub-continent in the past 12 months and had made subtle changes to his technique for the Australian wickets, “I’ve changed a few things in the last couple of weeks:
“I’ve changed my stance slightly and where I hold the bat. It’s a slight change but I’ve already noticed watching some footage back that it’s tightened my defence a little bit and made me hit the ball a little bit straighter. When you’re in the subcontinent, you crouch quite low and you can end up using your hands a lot. Even looking back on footage of my hundred in Ranchi (against India), I was quite low the whole time. When you get back to Australia, you’ve got to be a little bit taller to make sure you’re hitting the ball straight. It was something I’d noticed had crept into my game … I’ve been able to drive the ball a little bit better once I’ve stood a bit taller.”
Australian selectors and management have made it clear that the only way to cut the number six spot is to score heavy runs in Sheffield Shield. On being asked, whether he has received any message from the Aussie selectors regarding the spot he said:
“Not at all and I wouldn’t expect it either, “I think it’s pretty self-explanatory with what they’ve said, they want runs from all the batters around the country so they have options to pick. And all that is out of my control, what happens in a couple of weeks’ time.”
Maxwell failed in the first match of the Sheffield Shield scoring 7 in the first innings and 20 in the innings but he feels that a big score is around the corner for him:
“With those technical changes I felt really good in the second innings in Brisbane and I started to drive the ball like I used to and my defence was tight, I felt really comfortable but unfortunately I top-edged a pull shot, which I haven’t done much recently. Unfortunately, you make one mistake and that can be the end. But I feel really good and I feel like a big score is just around the corner.”
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