Australian middle-order batsman Glenn Maxwell has opined that the Aussies 15-man squad for the T20 World Cup is filled with match-winners more than capable of seizing the opportunity when it presents itself.
Senior players, including David Warner and Steve Smith, returned to the fore for the T20 World Cup to be held in UAE. It has provided a much-needed boost after the harrowing defeat against Bangladesh. Glenn Maxwell, who will represent RCB in the IPL, revealed that the Aussies are pumped up and raring to go.
“I think they’re (Australian squad) very good. When this team comes together, I think we’ll slip straight back into us being in a great position. We’re all looking forward to it. You look through our lineup, we’ve got a team full of match-winners and guys that on their day, can take the game away from the opposition,” Maxwell said to icc-cricket.com.
Maxwell stressed the need for a good start. The pressure of the multi-nation tournament gets hot to handle if a team falls behind. Hence, the cliche ‘well begun is half done’ applies to the tournament, as per the 32-year-old.
“The key for us to win a T20 World Cup this year is to get off to a fast start. Teams that can get off to a good start early in the tournament, get a couple of players on fire, get a couple of batters in good form, and get a couple of bowlers taking early wickets, that is the key to a lot of teams winning these tournaments,” he added.
“There are no weak teams in this World Cup” – Glenn Maxwell
Australia is clubbed alongside England, West Indies, and South Africa in Group 1 for the Super-12 stage. It is virtually touted as the ‘Group of Death’. Glenn Maxwell believes there are no weak teams but didn’t shy away from stating the Aussies can defeat anyone on their day.
“There are no weak teams in this World Cup and we know that. We know we’ve also got a very good chance of beating everyone on our day. Both groups are going to be tough, it doesn’t matter.”
“If we play our best, I feel that’s going to be good enough on the day. I think we’ll be focusing solely on what we can do every game and hopefully, that is good enough at the end of the day,” Maxwell concluded.
Australia kicks off their campaign on October 23 with a game against South Africa.