Australia Cricket Team News | Glenn Maxwell reveals his role ahead of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 | Aussie cricketer aims at playing the dual role.
Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has expressed his intentions of contributing with both the bat and ball during the imminent ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Maxwell, who was bowled 78 times in 100 ODIs, wants to aid his team with his all-round abilities.
“Try not to get hit for six most of the time [main motive while bowling]. For me, I suppose, a lot of the time that I bowl, I just try to limit the boundary balls. As long as I’m doing that, if they hit some good shots off my bowling I’m not too fazed.
“If I’m limiting the boundary balls and giving myself the best chance to squeeze a few dot balls, bowl a couple of tight overs, it might create a bit of pressure at the other end,” Maxwell was quoted as saying in a recent interview with ESPNcricinfo.
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Having dismissed 50 batsmen at an average of 44.60, an economy rate of 5.56 and a strike rate of 48, Maxwell’s numbers clearly depict that the 30-year old cricketer can turn out to be a handy option for Australia. Opening up on his bowling role, Maxwell laid emphasis on being consistent with the ball in hand.
“I think it’s important for me to just bowl in a partnership with someone. That’s probably the clarity I have in my role and it’s something I did a bit in Dubai [against Pakistan] and India and started to get a few more overs, a bit more consistency.
“To have that continue into my time at Lancashire where I got plenty of time at the bowling crease, you get that rhythm, you get that feel of the ball coming out consistently. You need that as a part-time bowler, to have that consistency of time at the crease and get a few of the cobwebs out, I suppose,” Maxwell said.
Since the start of 2018 till the series against Pakistan, Maxwell had scored 407 runs in 15 matches at an average of 29.07 and a strike rate of 105.16 including one half-century. It was him scoring 258 runs at an average of 64.50 and a strike rate of 139.45 including three consecutive half-centuries against Pakistan which saw him returning back to form.
Glenn Maxwell reveals his role ahead of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019
For Maxwell, it has been such a journey throughout his seven-year old international career. Having played 166 international matches for Australia, Maxwell’s experience is highly likely to come good for his team in the World Cup.
Being asked about his batting role during the showpiece event, Maxwell revealed expecting himself to play the finisher’s role for Australia in the next two months. “I suppose my role in the team is to adapt to whatever start we have, whether it be we get off to a flyer or we’ve lost a few early wickets. It’s just to adapt to whatever I get thrown into.
“I just want to have an impact on games in a really positive way and be able to control the back end. I have expectations on myself to finish off games and be the guy who’s standing there at the end of the game and making sure that we win the game,” Maxwell concluded.