I Don't Think I'm Wasted in Lower Order - Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell with the Australian T20I player of the year. (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images)

Australia’s combative all-rounder Glenn Maxwell believes he is not wasted while batting in the lower order. Maxwell who has the skills to change the complexion of the game came to bat at the number seven position in the ODI series against India. Subsequently, many experts believed the pugnacious batsman was wasted in the lower order.

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However, Glenn Maxwell feels the batting demotion was valid as Australia is looking to set up the batting order. Maxwell can provide quick runs to Australia’s innings and he has the adroit to take the game away from the opposition.

Glenn Maxwell | Mitchell Johnson | Australia Cricket Team |
Glenn Maxwell. Credit: Getty Images

Maxwell is going to hold the key for Australia.

Meanwhile, Glenn Maxwell was awarded with T20I player of the year at the 2019 Australian Cricket Awards. Maxwell has done a great job in the shortest version of the game.

Maxwell said at the awards, “The way that we’re setting up (as a batting unit), I don’t think I’m wasted,” the 28-year-old said. “The way we were trying to set up our team, it was pretty valid.

“I hadn’t done enough to warrant a place in the top four or five, and I missed my opportunities.

“That comes down to me as a player. I genuinely missed my opportunities to play well for my country and play well for my spot.

“They gave me two opportunities to bat the second drop before the England ODI series and unfortunately I didn’t make the most of it, and I found myself back down the order.

“That can be how the game goes sometimes.”

Meanwhile, Glenn Maxwell had done justice to a similar role in the 2015 World Cup where he was able to hit the ground running. Maxwell had scored four substantial innings in the previous edition of the World Cup as he had scored 66, 88, 102, 44. In fact, he had come to the crease with less than 20 overs left.

Glenn Maxwell | Justin Langer | Australia vs India 2018-19 |
Glenn Maxwell. Credit: Getty Images

Maxwell can provide the finishing touches.

“I played a similar role at the (2015) World Cup and was able to be flexible because of the success of the top order, and the way they scored their runs,” he said.

“It’s all well and good getting hundreds off a hundred balls, but the way our top order was going back in that World Cup, they were getting fast hundreds, they were explosive starts and we had six-and-a-half runs an over after 25 overs”.

Glenn Maxwell is a key player for the Australian team. Maxwell has impressive pyrotechnics and he is going to hold the key for the Australian team in the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019. Furthermore, Maxwell can also contribute with his off-spin. Moreover, Maxwell is a gun fielder and he can come up with great catches while fielding at the boundary ropes.

Australia will now tour to India for two T20Is and five One Day Internationals. The first T20I will take place on 24th February.

Gautam Chauhan

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