Australian all-rounder, Glenn Maxwell has heaped high praise for his teammate, Steve Smith after the latter notched back-to-back hundreds against India in the ongoing ODI series.
On Sunday in the second ODI, Australia repeated the script of the first match; big opening partnership, Steve Smith hundred, Glenn Maxwell finishing, and the bowlers dominating the Indian batting- Josh Hazlewood dismissed India’s captain, Virat Kohli for the second time in two matches.
The former Aussie skipper recorded his 11th ODI ton – 5th against India – as Australia posted a mammoth total of 389/4. In reply, the men in blue lost wickets at regular intervals, and the chase never got going. Smith bagged his second Man of the Match in two games.
Steve Smith is looking pretty scary for the opposition: Glenn Maxwell
Steve Smith ahead of the start of the series has said that he has ‘found his hands’ and ‘everything clicked’ after his inconsistent form in the IPL. Post the match in a virtual press conference, Glenn Maxwell eulogized Smith’s form.
He opined that the number three batsman is batting as well as anyone in the world, which is a scary sight for any opposition. Maxwell reckons that when Smith decides to take on the bowlers, he goes very hard and is extremely difficult to stop.
Glenn Maxwell said to the broadcaster, “As he said the other day, he has found his hands, he is looking pretty scary at the moment for opposition teams. He is placing the ball as well as anyone around the world. When he puts the foot down, he goes and goes hard.”
The all-rounder said that Smith is an expert in picking up gaps in the field, and has a sharp brain. Maxwell, who smashed a 29-ball-63, asserted that Smith is hitting from the middle of the bat, and is pleasing to watch as he sets up the base for a strong finish.
Glenn Maxwell continued, “He is picking his spots. He is calculated (on the off-side) and he has got so much time at the moment. A lot of time, you judge him by the way he starts his innings and he just started by hitting the middle of the bat consistently.
When you have got a guy like Steve Smith coming in and getting 100 of 62 balls, it’s pretty special to watch and it feels like we are just setting the platform beautifully.”
The two teams will face off in the third ODI on Wednesday in Canberra. Although the series is decided, there are still 10 ICC ODI Super League points up for grabs.