Glenn Maxwell to return to his original middle order slot
After enthralling one and all with his stunning batting right at the top of the order against Sri Lanka in the two-match T20I series, Glenn Maxwell is set to move lower down the order. Maxwell, originally a middle order batsman and a finisher, was promoted to opening the innings when regular opener Aaron Finch was injured at the last moment, just before the series could kick off.
The opportunity presented to Maxwell was grabbed by both hands as the flamboyant Victorian slammed quite a few records in the two games. In the first game at Kandy, Maxwell scored a swashbuckling ton and now holds the record for the second highest individual score in a T20I. In the second encounter, during a small run chase, Maxwell got to his half century in just 18 balls.
Post Australia’s series win, skipper David Warner admitted that Maxwell would move down the order once Finch was back. “He has been given that opportunity in the first six overs,” Warner said. “He’s a very good player of spin inside the first six and he can chance his arm.”We’ve seen him reverse-sweep and sweep and that’s his strength. “What he did today and the other day was no fluke. That’s exactly what he can do if he’s given an opportunity. “The dynamic of our team, we’ve got a structure there.”
Warner added that Maxwell was a proven match winner in the middle order, and going back to his original role wouldn’t be too tedious for him. “Once Finchy comes in, Maxwell will have to probably push down the order again and assess what his game plan is again. “We’ve seen him do it at the top. We’ve seen him do it in the middle. There’s no excuse.”
Warner lauded Maxwell for impressing the selectors after he was dropped midway into the tri-series in the Caribbean. “He was disappointed he was left out,” Warner said. “He didn’t have the runs under his belt.”The way he came out and played in the Twenty20 format, we know he’s very, very good at this game. “When you get the opportunity, you always try to grab it as much as you can.”
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