Despite Australia losing their last 5 T20I series, including the last two by 4-1 margin to Bangladesh and West Indies, Glenn Maxwell is confident that they are going to be difficult to stop for other teams at the T20 World Cup.
Glenn Maxwell highlighted that in their previous T20I series losses several big-name players were missing – Steve Smith, David Warner, Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Kane Richardson, Aaron Finch have missed some or all T20I matches this year for Australia. All of them will return in the World Cup, slated for October-November in the UAE.
The swashbuckling all-rounder reckoned the Aussie outfit is “a team full of match winners” and each player is capable of winning the game on his own on his day.
“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,” Glenn Maxwell was quoted as saying by IANS.
“We’ve got a team full of match winners and guys that on their day can take the game away from the opposition. I think that’s what it’s going to take. Any day when it’s one of our players’ chance to go and win us a game — if we can take that (chance) it’s going to be hard for anyone to stop us.”
Key for us to win a T20 World Cup this year is to get off to a fast start: Glenn Maxwell
Despite being one of the most successful teams in the history of the game, Australia yet don’t have a T20 World Cup in their cabinet. This time around, as well, they will find it extremely difficult to progress into the semi-final from the Super 12 stage as they grouped with West Indies, England, and South Africa.
Glenn Maxwell, who averages 31.79 while striking at 158.93 in T20Is, asserted that they need to get off to winning ways from their first game, which will help them build momentum going deep in the tournament.
“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.
“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,” the 32-year-old stated.
Aaron Finch’s side will take on the Proteas on October 23 in Abu Dhabi in their opening encounter at the T20 World Cup.