AUS v NZ 2016: Glenn Maxwell’s Attitude Impresses Darren Lehmann
Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has impressed his national side head coach Darren Lehmann by maintaining a cool head against severe criticism he received for making the deemed disrespectful comments against his Victoria Bushrangers skipper Matthew Wade earlier this week.
“He has been fantastic, full credit to him, the way he’s handled it and the way he’s been around the team,” Lehmann said.
Maxwell was also criticized for his behavior by former Australian players, but Lehmann seemed to have a soft corner for controversial all-rounder by calling it a “balanced issue” between Wade and Maxwell.
The 28-year-old, who missed out the first two matches of the Chappell-Hadlee series, is expected to make a comeback after a long lay-off at his home ground the MCG, in the third One-day International game against New Zealand which is scheduled on Friday.
“We’ve named the team quite late both times … and he’s missed out last minute and he’s handled that really well.
After rain prevented both the teams from training outside on Thursday, the decision on Maxwell’s inclusion would be made most probably after inspection of wicket for a dead-rubber against the Kiwis.
“I’m really pleased the way he’s gone about it, and I know the players are (at) the way he’s dealt with it,” Lehmann added.
Maxwell was heavily fined (which has not been disclosed) for disrespecting his team-mate Wade and showing disappointment after he [Wade] batted ahead of him while sending his all-rounder [Maxwell] late down the order in a domestic game.
Lehmann also urged their fast bowlers Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazelwood, who have been included for the first Test against Pakistan in Brisbane scheduled on December 15-19, to play a final ODI to prepare well.
“I would think they would be playing … they’ve got to bowl some overs and get ready for Brisbane anyway. They’ve pulled up ok so unless something happens in the next 24 hours, we expect them to play,” Lehmann added.
Lehmann also had a word of caution on his fast bowler Pat Cummins, who bowled really fast and consistently hit the deck over 148kph after receiving several injuries in the recent past.
“We’re slowly slowly with him. When you get someone like that that’s coming back and just goes ‘bang’ like that with a performance in Canberra, you go ‘Wow, we just want him in,” Lehmann remarked on Cummins workload.
“So you’ve got to sit back and work out what the best way to go about it is,” he concluded.
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