Aussie all-rounder Glenn Maxwell feels he is in the best form of his career and hopes of being part of the Australian ODI tour of England later this year.
Maxwell was at his imperious best when he stole the show with a brilliant unbeaten century in the T20 Tri-series on Wednesday. Not only did he shone with the bat but he also bagged three crucial wickets. His innings of 103 included a six of the final ball which allowed him to reach his ton.
It has been a topsy-turvy summer for Maxwell who got overlooked for the Ashes and subsequent five-match ODI series against the same oppositions. After his omission, Maxwell’s training habits were criticised by skipper Steven Smith. However, he made a strong comeback with back to back contributions with the bat in hand.
Maxwell was an integral part of the Australia squad during the 2015 World Cup, but indifferent form led to his ouster from the team last year. He has been a proven material especially when it comes to the limited-overs format. Maxwell hopes to be part of the Australian squad in their next limited-overs assignment which will be the major audition for the World Cup scheduled to kick off in England in a year’s time.
“It depends how I’m playing at that time,” Maxwell was quoted as saying by the reporters.
“If I continue this form, I’d love to be on that plane and obviously if I do get selected, hopefully, I’m in similar form and can carry that on. This has been my best summer, obviously for output of runs and consistency,” he added. “There’s still a few years left in my career, so hopefully I can take it to another level.”
Maxwell is in contention to bag the State Cricketer of the Year Award at the Allan Border Medal on 12th February. The all-rounder has been the leading run scorer in the Sheffield Shield with 590 runs at an average of 73.75 and also scored 299 runs at an average of 37 in the Big Bash League.
Maxwell further added he had cleared the air with Smith after the latter criticised his training methods.
“As a No.6, it’s an awkward thing to prepare for. You go in with about 15 or 16 different scenarios,” he said. “If your team’s 4-50, you’ve got to make sure you’re knuckling down and batting for a long period of time. If you’re 4-250 and you’re coming in with five overs left, you’ve got to go from ball one.
“That was more what he was talking about and when I sat down with him, we had a good conversation about that,” he added.
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