posted on 2019-06-11 13:25:22
posted by Michael Harrison
Glenn Maxwell has been a matchwinner for Australia in limited-overs cricket for quite some time now. While his inconsistency does frustrate, it's an open secret that when the 'Big Show' is in the mood, he can take any opposition apart single-handedly. In addition to his skills, his form against Pakistan makes him a crucial component in this fixture.
Not only does Maxwell score at a brisk pace, he also manages to produce consistently significant knocks against Pakistan. He can also do it with the ball - after all, who can forget that game when he bowled the final over of an ODI with Pakistan needing just two to win and they eventually lost by a run.
It's the batting department though, where Maxwell will be pivotal. As the game against India showed, utilizing him better is the key. There was a case for him to bat at no.4 in that encounter but his entry was delayed and by the time Maxwell walked out, the asking rate had mounted far too high. He still tried with a cameo but couldn't last long.
Using a floating hitter wisely on good batting tracks or even tricky surfaces will be key in this World Cup. Maxwell is among those who can turn a game around within no time. He's shown that many times in T20Is and even in ODIs although the consistency in the former format is much higher than the other.
Australia have at times been guilty of not using Maxwell properly in the batting department. Promoting him whenever the platform is laid will be a good way to maximise his hitting skills, like how India do with Hardik Pandya or England with Jos Buttler. For the Aussies, Maxwell's form might well be the x-factor not only in this game but through the tournament.