The Australian all-rounder, Glenn Maxwell, has received a lot of criticism for his lack of consistency. However, in the recent past, he has made vital contributions to Australia’s limited-overs sides. In Abu Dhabi during the third ODI against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi, the aggressive batsman has shown us a glimpse of his ability to deliver game-changing performances by scoring a 55-ball 71.
Glenn Maxwell, who was struggling to make his place in the ODI squad not too long ago, helped Australia recover from a tricky situation and took them to a competitive total of 266. He is also more than an athletic fielder and handy offspinner. Maxwell has proved to be a useful bowling option in the middle overs with his ability to bowl quicker through the air.
“Maxi is a player who people expect so much from every time he plays – because he has so much brilliance at times. But I think what people don’t see at times, when they get frustrated with him, is the amount of stuff he does in the field – if he averages 20 in a series, he might save 20 runs in the field as well. He bowls overs, gets some wickets. It all adds up to a great package. And the fact he’s batting at six at the moment – to give us that little bit of extra firepower towards the back end – is something we’re conscious of and it’s a role he fits really well.”
Maxwell’s ability to explore the various field of cricket came to the fore in the third ODI. Furthermore, it showed the importance of the all-rounder to the Australian ODI set-up in the slog overs.
“Guys who can hit the ball 360 (degrees) are so hard to bowl to, as a captain they’re a nightmare. There’s a handful of them in the world now. You’ve got Jos Buttler who can scoop you over the keeper’s head, but also hit over mid-off. They’re two obvious places where you always have a fielder up when you’ve got five (fielders outside the 30-yard circle). When you need both of them out – it creates some problems. Maxi is no different to that,” Finch observed.