ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019: Glenn Maxwell Is Ready To Play Similar Role Like The Previous World Cup
Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell is getting ready for the upcoming Cricket World Cup. While he successfully played the floating role for his team in the previous World Cup, he is hopeful of achieving similar success in the upcoming World Cup.
Glenn Maxwell played an essential role for Australia to win their fifth Cricket World Cup in the previous edition, 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup. The right-handed middle-order batsman was the third most run-scorer for his team in that tournament. He scored 324 runs in six innings with an average of 64.80. He slammed one 51-ball century and also scored two half-centuries in that tournament.
During that edition, Maxwell mostly came to bat in the late moment when his team had less than 20 overs. Maxwell’s late power-hitting hugely helped Australia to achieve the glory in that tournament. At the end of that tournament, Maxwell had an impressive tournament strike-rate of 182.02.
It was something that I did reasonably well in 2015 – Glenn Maxwell
Maxwell is now focusing on maintaining those excellent performances in the upcoming World Cup.
He recently told in Brisbane, “I joked about this but as soon as it gets past about the fifteenth over and we’re none down, I put them (his pads) on and just wait there. But I generally work with ‘JL’ (Justin Langer), just keep asking him what he wants from me, and it’ll get to a point where he’ll say ‘Go put ’em on’.
“He’ll send a message out to Aaron (Finch, captain), ask him what he thinks, and that’s how we get to that decision. It was something that I did reasonably well in 2015, so we’re sort of trying to emulate that in this World Cup. Hopefully I can do it similar.”
2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup will begin on 30th May and it will run till 14th July. England and Wales are ready to host the 12th edition of the Cricket World Cup. A total of top ten teams will participate in this competition while Australia will play as the defending champions. The record five-time World Cup winners Australia will begin their journey in this tournament on 1st June. In their opening match of the tournament, Australia will face Afghanistan at Bristol.
Play a different role was really enjoyable – Glenn Maxwell
While Maxwell mostly batted at no.6 or no.7 positions in the last 12 months, he has recently got some promotions in the batting order. However, at present, Australia has already a formidable top-order batting, especially after the returns of Steven Smith and David Warner. So, Maxwell is getting ready to take up the middle-order role for the upcoming World Cup.
He added, “The top order have been really successful as well, I’ve been able to ride off the back of that, come in at different times and expand on really good starts. We saw in the UAE that they performed extremely well – Aaron and Usman were outstanding at the top – so for me to just ride on the back of that, and play a different role was really enjoyable.
“Hopefully there’s a similar thing that happens during the World Cup.”
Since his return to the ODI squad in last June, Maxwell has scored fourth most ODI runs for Australia. During this period, the right-handed batsman has scored 631 runs in 18 ODI innings with an average of 37.11. He has hit four half-centuries and his strike-rate is 118.38.
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