Glenn Maxwell Honing his Bowling Skills Ahead of the 2019 World Cup
The Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell is hoping to bewitch batsmen with his bowling to snare wickets in the upcoming 2019 World Cup. The batting charm of the Aussie all-rounder has always overshadowed his bowling status in a match. And this time Maxwell hopes to claim few wickets for his team in the marquee event.
During the successful World Cup 2015. Maxwell had come handy picking up six wickets adding to his 324 runs in a fine all-rounding performance.
The pitches prepared by ICC for the World Cup are deemed as flat. However, with a warm weather forecast for early summer, spinners are most likely to play an important role. And being a right-arm off-spinner, Maxwell can bag some wickets alongside Nathan Lyon and Adam Zampa.
During his training in Southampton, Maxwell said that he will be focusing on limiting the boundary walls. He also talked about avoiding getting smacked with sixes and fours.
“For me I suppose, a lot of the time that I bowl, I just try to limit the boundary balls. As long as I’m doing that, if they hit some good shots off my bowling I’m not too fazed. If I’m limiting the boundary balls and giving myself the best chance to squeeze a few dot balls, bowl a couple of tight overs, it might create a bit of pressure at the other end,” said Maxwell.
Maxwell Honing his Spinning Skills to Prove his Bowling Credentials
Maxwell has been honing his skills for the showpiece event. He had tried it in the series against Pakistan held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). And has also played plenty of overs against India recently while the team had confidence-boosting victories added.
Whereas Maxwell gave up his chance in the rich Indian Premier League (IPL) to improve his spin bowling. And instead became part of English county side Lancashire where he was able to claim wickets in five of the six One-days held.
“To have that continue into my time at Lancashire, where I got plenty of time at the bowling crease, you get that rhythm, you get that feel of the ball coming out consistently,” he said.
“You need that as a part-time bowler, to have that consistency of time at the crease and get a few of the cobwebs out. I suppose.”
Australia will be engaging in an unofficial warmup match against West Indies. This has come up as a good opportunity for Maxwell to test his skills ahead of the World Cup.
“It’s good to practice your skills under heightened pressure. And what you’re going to get later in the tournament,” he said.
The Australian’s will be engaging in the unofficial warmup match later on Wednesday at the Rose Bowl’s Nursery ground, a field small even by English standards.
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