Ricky Ponting Backs Glenn Maxwell’s Selection For India Tour
Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting has thrown his weight behind Glenn Maxwell for his selection in the Test squad for India’s tour next year as he thinks Maxwell can be quite handy with the ball and his aggressive style of play will be an important factor on the spinning tracks in sub-continent.
“I would take him in the squad, definitely,” Ponting said on Channel Ten.
“You need a batting spin bowler. There’ll be other names mentioned, too, like Ashton Agar, I think his name will certainly come up.
“I think (Maxwell’s bowling) is quite good, it’s quite consistent. He’s not an out-and-out Test first-choice spin bowler, but he is useful. Moeen Ali has developed into quite a good spinner now having played a couple of years for England.”
Ponting has backed Maxwell’s case citing the example of Moeen Ali, who has now turned himself into a perfect all-rounder, who can be sent at any position to bat as well. Moeen Ali, in past, has done everything for his team. He has opened the batting and has also batted as low as a No. 8, as per the demand. Maxwell too possesses the same talent but he hasn’t been given enough of chances to showcase his talent.
Maxwell was a part of Australia squad that toured India in 2013 where the visitors were whitewashed 4-0. His last Test appearance came against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi in 2014. Though Maxwell has not been the part of Test squad for a long time now but yes he can be quite crucial for the Australia team due to the rich knowledge of Indian conditions by the virtue of playing in Indian Premier League (IPL).
Despite getting backing from Ricky Ponting, Glenn Maxwell will face a stiff competition from Nathan Lyon, Steve O’Keefe, Jon Holland, Ashton Agar and Adam Zampa as well. The selection of Lyon and Keefe looks quite sure as of now whereas there will be a race between the latter three and Glenn Maxwell for that one spot in the spin department.
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