Down 3-0 in the series and headed towards a whitewash, Australia did not shy away from taking the big call of dropping Glenn Maxwell for the penultimate clash against India on Thursday (September 28).
The right-handed batsman had begun the series on a good note, slamming 39 off just 18 in Chennai, but failed miserably in the following two games and more than his poor form, the mode of his dismissal was alarming. Yuzvendra Chahal dismissed him on all the three occasions, and it was his wicket that pegged back Australia in the third game. Australia was looking destined to post a huge total after racing to 224 for two in the 38th over, but instead of guiding the world champions to a big total, the hard-hitting batsman foolishly threw away his wicket, as Australia ended up losing the game as well as the series.
With their patience tested to the fullest, Australia’s team-management finally decided to drop Maxwell, bringing in Matthew Wade at his place. And while Wade did not get a chance to justify the decision, Australia ended up winning the game by 21 runs, thus bringing an end to their 13-match winless run in overseas ODIs.
Speaking after the game, Australia’s stand-in coach David Saker opened up on the reason behind the team’s decision to drop Maxwell.
“We were looking for people to perform, and in his [Maxwell] last 20 games, he probably hasn’t done that for us. In his position, the way he plays, he’s a big match winner. But it’s been a while he’s done that for us, especially in any consistent form,” explained Saker after Australia’s win in Bengaluru.
Well, one cannot question Saker’s explanation, as Maxwell had managed to cross the fifty-run mark just once in his last 21 innings before being axed.
Saker further spoke on Wade’s axing in the third ODI in Indore.
“We really wanted Wade to keep through the series, but we made that change the game before, but Mattsy [Wade] just has to get some numbers to justify getting picked,” said Saker.