Ahead of the first ODI between Australia and England on Sunday in Melbourne, there are many questions circling the dropping of the explosive all-rounder Glenn Maxwell. Cricket Australia selectors have a decision to make, as to whether Maxwell, who has been criticised by the captain Steve Smith, will be brought back into the team or not in light of Chris Lynn’s calf injury.
Maxwell though is fully hopeful of making a comeback to the squad, and his hopes received a boost when teammate Aaron Finch backed his selection. Finch told reporters in Melbourne, “He’s playing some really good cricket at the moment. The way that he’s batting is as good as I’ve seen him in terms of his tempo.”
Finch further added that the Maxwell has been working on how to pace his innings. “He’s probably changed a little bit from being all guns blazing from the first ball to giving himself a little bit of time. I suppose the Melbourne Stars have been losing a few early wickets, and that’s allowed him to bat for a bit longer before he has to take a risk,” he said.
The left handed opening-batsman also said that Maxwell is ready and eager in case the opportunity presents itself. “If the opportunity comes he’ll take it with both hands and perform well again.”
Maxwell has scored two half centuries in his last three BBL outings, and was the top-scorer in the JLT Sheffield Shield at the half way point. Finch praised Maxwell’s run-scoring form and said, “In the lead-up to the Shield season his training was fantastic. I think his results have reflected that over the last couple of months in terms of just the pure output of runs. Now he’s getting runs in the T20s as well, and consistent runs, which is one part he probably would have liked to have addressed a bit earlier, just make sure when he is in good form he’s backing that up,” he said.