Former Australian wicket-keeper batsman Adam Gilchrist stated that the team will be relying heavily on the in-form batsman, Glenn Maxwell, in the upcoming T20 World Cup. Maxwell is in fine form, having done excellently for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the IPL 2021 season.
Australia has a couple of explosive batsmen in their top order, and both of them are in fine touch. Mitchell Marsh has been a revelation at No.3, while Maxwell can slot in at No.4. Gilchrist believes the Aussies are very dependent on Maxwell in particular but also asserted that his failure doesn’t mean it’s the end of the road for Australia.
“He’s got a huge role to play. Whenever Glenn Maxwell delivers it’s typically in a successful team pursuit. He’s such an exciting player that when he does well it’s usually in a manner that totally demoralizes the opposition and takes the game away from them.”
“But what we’ve all learned too with a player of that type, you’re going to have some days where he misses out. I hope we don’t overburden him with expectations. I don’t think it’s a case of if he fails Australia is out. There’s plenty of good batting talent around him,” Gilchrist stated.
How they fit Josh Hazlewood is going to be interesting to see – Adam Gilchrist
Gilchrist further added that tall pacer Josh Hazlewood has done his reputation no harm with an excellent performance in the IPL for Chennai Super Kings (CSK). He might not have been in Australia’s original playing XI, but Gilchrist feels that Hazlewood has done enough to warrant a place in the side.
“Hazlewood is the one who has thrown his hand in the mix now to get a game. How they fit him in there and who they leave out is going to be interesting to see which way they go because it seems like the spinners need to be of paramount importance too,” he added.
Australia is grouped alongside West Indies, England, and South Africa, along with two other teams who will join the group from the qualifiers.