When India toured Australia, the major surprise has been the batting position of Glenn Maxwell. After showing his class in the T20I series, the team management asked him to bat down the order. Though he knocked it beautifully for the team, few analysts felt that it wasn’t the right position for him. Meanwhile, Justin Langer believes his team is right in taking the call.
Australian top-order have given a perfect platform for the middle-order to go for a kill against Indian bowlers in the end during the final ODI of the series against India. However, their best whacker was sent pretty late in the order, which saw them losing at least 20 runs to the final total and lost the game.
Maxwell can give finishing touches – Justin Langer
Speaking of the same, the head coach Justin Langer quoted that they feel Maxwell batting at number 7 would be the best idea. Further, he also gave examples citing that the great Australian players like Michael Hussey and Michael Clarke also played for the country when it required at number 7.
“I remember the days when Michael Clarke used to bat seven and Michael Hussey used to bat seven,” Langer said. I used to muck around with Huss saying, ‘mate, you have got the best job in the world, you never bat, you get paid a fortune but you never bat because the team is going so well’. But when Maxi can come in an put the finishing touches on like he does, for me, it’s a perfect position,” Justin Langer said.
A nervous thing for opposition:
He went on to add saying that Maxwell batting down the order is a tension for the opposition. With a player of that calibre is batting down the order, the opposition would wary of him, which would certainly make the difference in tactical planning.
“We haven’t had the success we’d like to and we’re trying different things. And for me, Maxi, he’s probably the best fielder in the world, we love it, it’s contagious his energy. He has been captain of the (Melbourne) Stars, he has got good leadership qualities as well. So if he can come in and put the finishing touches on like he does, it’s always a nervous time for an opposition (when) you still know you have got a Glenn Maxwell or a Mike Hussey … coming in down at seven,” he added while speaking Crickt.com.au.
Recently, Glenn Maxwell pulled himself out of the IPL 2019 auction in order to concentrate on some red-ball cricket. However, Cricket Australia has ignored him for the series against Pakistan and in the home series against India.
Well, it would be interesting to see how things would pan out for Glenn Maxwell. As he got a great experience in playing IPL, Maxwell is aware of the Indian Conditions to tackle the Indian bowling attack.