Australia Cricket Team will enter the ICC World Cup 2019 brimming with confidence on the back of an 11-match winning streak. Meanwhile, they completed their preparation with a comprehensive win over Sri Lanka in the final warm-up game. As they gear up for the premier event, fast bowler Pat Cummins feels all-rounder Glenn Maxwell will be vital to Australia’s chances in the marquee tournament.
Maxwell will be crucial for us – Cummins
Australia had a dismal time in 2018, winning only a handful of games. However, they kept up the hardwork going and finally turned their fortunes earlier this year when they visited India for a five-match ODI series just before the IPL. The Aussies were 2-0 down in the series before making a stunning comeback to win it 3-2. Then they continued their winning run to rout Pakistan 5-0 at the UAE. And now, they have won all their practice games leading to the World Cup to keep up the excellent work.
Glenn Maxwell has played a crucial role in the last few months for Australia. He has scored three fifties during their whitewash over Pakistan and has looked good with the balls as well in England. Pat Cummins heaped praise on all-rounder saying that he has been impressive in the last few months. The fast bowler also added Maxwell’s ability to contribute in all the departments makes him one of the best in this format.
“I think the way he has turned games around for us in the last couple of months has been impressive with the bat and then he is also an option to bowl ten overs,” Cummins said to ICC Media. “He is also able to get run-outs and take catches. You get all three facets out of him and he is always there in tough situations. He is probably our sixth bowler but on a good day, he can get through all ten. He’s in good form,” he added.
In conclusion, Pat Cummins said that they ready and confident to defend their title in the World Cup which gets underway from May 30. The return of Steven Smith and David Warner have only added more strength to the side which takes on Afghanistan in their campaign opener on June 1 at Bristol County Ground.