World Cup 2019: Glenn Maxwell opines experience of David Warner and Steve Smith will be crucial in clinching another title
Maxwell himself is in a rich vein of form having smashed the Pakistan team for three 50s from four innings to help Aussies keep it clean sweep 5-0.
Published - May 17, 2019 2:39 pm | Updated - May 17, 2019 2:39 pm
The ICC World Cup 2019 is going to being from May 30 and the anticipation is just getting hyped up as the date nears. The tournament will see 10 of the best ODI teams competing for the chance to be called the World Champions, while current defending champions Australia will look to defend their title again.
Their chances of becoming a six-time World Champions have gotten a boost by the timely returns of former skipper Steve Smith and explosive opener David Warner. After their 12-month bans for ball tampering in March 2019 and recently participated in the Indian Premier League 2019.
While Warner topped the run charts in the IPL with 692 runs, Smith had a lukewarm season with the bat, despite playing a couple of good innings; but despite all of this, their teammate Glenn Maxwell feels that returns of these two stalwarts have boosted chances of Australia multifold.
It’s great to have their experience, which is going to go a long way to win: Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell himself is in a rich vein of form having smashed the Pakistani team for three 50s from four innings to average 64.50 at a strike rate of 139.46 as Australia won the series 5-0. He was also instrumental in helping Australia win the 2-match T20I series against India in their own backyard, scoring a fifty and a century in the two games and then helped Australia win the ODI series 3-2.
But with Warner and Smith returning to the fold, Maxwell is confident that the team has now got all the elements in the right order for defending its crown in the upcoming the ICC mega event. “It’s great to have their experience — experience is going to go a long way to winning defending the Cup this time again. Guys that have played in these tournaments, it’s so valuable to the side to know what to expect when you get to tournament play,” Maxwell was quoted as saying to news.com.au
Maxwell has been handed the role of a floater in the Aussie batting lineup and he feels that he is upto the challenge of making the most of the opportunities he gets in the tournament. “The biggest challenge is to get yourself in the right headspace mentally for what you’re about to face.
I think you can go through different thoughts when you start the game, whether you come out in the tenth over at 4/15 or 25th over at 1/180, it could be anything. You’ve got to be always on mentally and thinking about how you’re going to start your innings with the different roles you’re going to play,” Maxwell was further quoted saying.