Australian head coach Darren Lehamann recently questioned the run making ability of flamboyant dasher Glenn Maxwell and felt that he did not have the appetite to play a big innings.
Lehmann was critical in the way Maxwell got out in a domestic One Day game, which led to a collapse. Maxwell has reacted to the claims of Lehmann and feels that the Australian coach is welcome to give his opinions about him.
“I had a chat to him yesterday and it’s all good,” Maxwell told Cricket Australia.
“He has a couple of snide remarks every now and again.
“He doesnt mind having a dig at me, which is fine.
“He knows I take it pretty well and I challenge him back. It’s a good relationship we have. He’s always driving me to be better and he wants me to be playing all three formats.
“It’s nice to be thought of that way. I’ve just got to make him pick me and then hopefully I can show him out in the field,” Maxwell said.
The hard hitting right hander also felt that his stint with Yorkshire in the English county circuit played a crucial role in helping him to get back to his form.
“I had some good form in England playing red-ball cricket,” he said. “I feel like my red-ball game is really good at the moment, so its about getting the opportunity to actually play it and show people.”
Maxwell also aimed to be a part of the test squad against New Zealand and said that he was trying his best. “I’ve just got to make the most of that Shield game in Melbourne when we get back and just try to make as many runs as I can there and put my name up for the first Test,” said Maxwell.
The Victorian all rounder also said that his main ambition was to be a match winner for Australia. “I don’t really set too many goals as far as runs or anything like that. I just want to make sure I’m contributing and trying to be the match-winner in every game I’m playing. That my role in most of the teams I play. It’s about trying to win the game for team and doing as well as I can.”