Swashbuckling all-rounder Glenn Maxwell admits while he is ‘extremely disappointed’ to lose a place in Australia’s limited overs squad; he is committed to change the perception of him.
Despite topping the batsmen list through halfway in the JLT Sheffield Shield with 590 runs at an average of 74, he didn’t find himself in the squad for the Gillette ODI Series against England.
National selector Trevor Hohns pointed to his batting average of 22 from his 20 most recent 50-over games for Australia, while skipper Steven Smith suggested Maxwell could concentrate more on his basics.
While former Australia captain Steve Waugh was surprised by Smith’s comment, Ricky Ponting admitted he hoped Maxwell had been given the same feedback privately.
Maxwell revealed that his talks with Hohns revolved around his below-par average in last 20 ODI games a period which stretches back to a 2016 tour of New Zealand, and has yielded two scores greater than fifty in 16 innings.
“I was extremely disappointed not to be on that one day side, but I completely understood the reasoning from Trevor Hohns that my last 20 ODIs haven’t been good enough,” Maxwell said to cricket.com.au
“I’m sure there’s other stats that probably say that maybe I was a little bit stiff, but there’s stats that say it was my time to be left out. I can’t do too much about it now,” Maxwell stated further.
Hohns also stressed they want more consistency from Maxwell and he is contention to be a part of the squad for the ICC 2019 World Cup.
While Maxwell hasn’t had a good stint in the four KFC Big Bash League matches so far; however, feels he is in a good touch.
“I feel like I’ve been in good form this summer and I was hoping that would get me the nod. They (selectors) asked me to go away and make runs, and I tried to pile them on. I tried to change certain things and change certain perceptions,” he continued.
Maxwell also stressed he had brought a lot of changes and had tried to be the rock of his team. He has also brought changes in his techniques and mentally.
“Hopefully, I can get on that plane to England and play over there and put my name forward for the 2019 World Cup,” he said. That’s the good side of it – I got dropped now and not at this time next year before the World Cup when there’s less time to put your name forward. There’s still time,” he signed off.
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