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Has Glenn Maxwell finally got the message?

David Lord Columnist

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    Yesterday morning Australian skipper Steve Smith and the twice overlooked Glenn Maxwell met in Melbourne over coffee.

    It was Smith who had previously ventured the opinion that Maxwell wasn’t selected in the ODI squad because he played too many funky shots and needed to train smarter.

    Last night Maxwell seemed to have reacted to the coffee break by not playing one funky shot in his unbeaten 31 off 16 with two fours and two sixes, and he followed that up with four catches to set a new Big Bash record for a non-keeper.

    Maxwell played a small part in the Melbourne Stars’ first BBL win after eight straight losses. Small it may have been, but for Maxwell’s future as an international it was big.

    Maxwell’s appearance at the crease was delayed for 13 overs as Peter Handscomb and Kevin Pietersen flogged the Melbourne Renegades attack in a 110-run second-wicket stand. With less than seven overs in hand, there wasn’t really enough time for Maxwell to get among the big runs.

    He received a let-off on seven when Mohammad Nabi dropped a sitter at extra cover and when Tom Cooper made a real hash of a chance at long one from the very next ball. Instead of moving forward for a waist-high catch, Cooper was slow off the mark and ended up taking the ball on the half volley.

    Normally Maxwell would celebrate two let-offs with a series of reverse sweeps, ramping or any other Maxwell manufactured funky shot. But not last night. He stuck to playing every delivery on its merits in a major step in the right direction.

    (AAP Image/Rob Blakers)

    Let’s get my perspective on Glenn Maxwell right for all time. He has always been one of the most naturally gifted cricketers on the planet.

    All he had to do was treat every delivery on its merit and stop trying to be a smart-arse batsman who loves thrilling big crowds but who got out far too early and far too cheaply.

    It’s been a career of wasted opportunities, yet the pro-Maxwell clan keep bringing up the odd dig where he’s fired, completely ignoring the many where he’s failed miserably.

    A tragic waste of talent not only personally but for Australia as well.

    Keeper Matthew Wade did his mate Maxwell no favours by nicknaming him the Big Show, which Maxwell tried so hard to live up to. It wasn’t long before Maxwell was better known as the No Show.

    Fingers crossed yesterday’s coffee break with the skipper has cleared the air and cleaned out the Big Show mentality for all time.

    Let his wonderful natural ability shine through and the Australian team in all three formats will have a major asset. Revert to type and the closest Glenn Maxwell will get to playing for Australia again will be watching them perform on television.

    In short, Glenn Maxwell’s future is entirely up to Glenn Maxwell.

    David Lord
    David Lord

    David Lord was deeply involved in two of the biggest sporting stories - World Series Cricket in 1977 and professional rugby in 1983. After managing Jeff Thomson and Viv Richards during WSC, in 1983 David signed 208 of the best rugby players from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and France to play an international pro circuit. The concept didn’t get off the ground, but it did force the IRB to get cracking and bring in the World Rugby Cup, now one of the world’s great sporting spectacles

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    • January 13th 2018 @ 6:58am
      Mark b said | January 13th 2018 @ 6:58am | ! Report

      it wont matter what glenn maxwell does.
      he has obviously rubbed up someone/several people the wrong way. he is destined for the outer in for the same reasons as fast bowler stuart clarke was. it will be a miracle if he makes a return!

      real shame. he is talented, exciting, a consistant performer and a real match winner.
      a cricketer that can pull in the crowds.

      • Roar Guru

        January 13th 2018 @ 2:06pm
        Chris Kettlewell said | January 13th 2018 @ 2:06pm | ! Report

        I don’t think so. He’s had some good domestic performances so far this season, but as pointed out previously, his last couple of years at ODI level hasn’t been great, so it’s understandable to give some other players a go, but I also think that the selectors are probably seriously hoping Maxwell can continue good domestic form and find some real consistency because when Glenn Maxwell is playing well he’s definitely an asset, but it’s just been too infrequently in recent times.

    • January 13th 2018 @ 9:27am
      Don Freo said | January 13th 2018 @ 9:27am | ! Report

      I teally don’t think a conversation with Smith produced those 4 catches.

      • Columnist

        January 13th 2018 @ 10:51am
        David Lord said | January 13th 2018 @ 10:51am | ! Report

        That’s typically pathetic Don Freo, name the person who suggested the coffee chat produced four catches?

        • January 13th 2018 @ 11:04am
          Don Freo said | January 13th 2018 @ 11:04am | ! Report

          David Lord

          • Columnist

            January 13th 2018 @ 11:09am
            David Lord said | January 13th 2018 @ 11:09am | ! Report

            You’ve reached a new all-time posting low Don Freo, even for you. There’s no possible link to Glenn Maxwell batting responsibly, and taking four catches.

            • January 13th 2018 @ 11:41am
              Don Freo said | January 13th 2018 @ 11:41am | ! Report

              “Last night Maxwell seemed to have reacted to the coffee break by not playing one funky shot in his unbeaten 31 off 16 with two fours and two sixes, and he followed that up with four catches to set a new Big Bash record for a non-keeper.”

              Your words. You may not have meant that but I’d expect you’d write what you meant to say.

            • January 13th 2018 @ 12:09pm
              Jordan c said | January 13th 2018 @ 12:09pm | ! Report

              David for God’s sake, you look like a teenager being baited all the time. A bit of maturity please looks shocking for an author to be arguing in the comments section. Let your articles do the talking mate.

              Having a said that I’m with Don here, he has clearly annoyed someone. Maxwell should just say “stuff ya” produce dual forks and live off 20/20.

              • January 13th 2018 @ 7:25pm
                AJ said | January 13th 2018 @ 7:25pm | ! Report

                It doesn’t matter what David wrote you two would criticize it .

              • January 13th 2018 @ 7:53pm
                Don Freo said | January 13th 2018 @ 7:53pm | ! Report

                Almost certain…

    • January 13th 2018 @ 9:51am
      Brainstrust said | January 13th 2018 @ 9:51am | ! Report

      England are looking easy beats why would you bring in someone you don;t like when you can bring in another mate to share the glory.
      The importance is whether Maxwell has had a succesfull social interaction with Smith and gotten back on his good side.

    • January 13th 2018 @ 9:57am
      G said | January 13th 2018 @ 9:57am | ! Report

      It’s become a running joke in my house that whenever Maxwell does something brilliant, someone will say “that 6 was too fancy, not good enough”, or “selectors want to see you celebrate catches conventionally Glenn, too funky mate”. I am sure the poms are glad to see him out of the side.

    • January 13th 2018 @ 10:32am
      Taurangaboy said | January 13th 2018 @ 10:32am | ! Report

      Why is a reverse sweep “funky”? It is a genuine cricket shot, as is the ramp, and for certain bowlers and fields it can be very rewarding. Even I practise it in the nets.

      • January 13th 2018 @ 10:41am
        paul said | January 13th 2018 @ 10:41am | ! Report

        these shots are high risk, way higher than just about any other shots in the game. That’s why their classed as “funky”. Put it another way, if you got out hitting a ramp or reverse sweep, first ball in a Test innings, you better hope you have it in writing from the skipper that it was okay to play that shot or your team was 3 for 600!

        • Columnist

          January 13th 2018 @ 11:18am
          David Lord said | January 13th 2018 @ 11:18am | ! Report

          paul, when Trevor Chappell bowled underarm under instruction from his captain-brother Greg for the final ball of a ODI against the Kiwis at the MCG in 1981, the ICC banned underarm bowling for life a month later.

          When Kevin Pietersen first reversed swept Muttiah Muralitheran for six over cover in a Test match at Edgbaston in 2006, the ICC should have banned the shot, and any derivatives, for life. They didn’t, and arguments will forever rage as to its fairness until the ICC steps in.

          • January 13th 2018 @ 12:55pm
            DaveJ said | January 13th 2018 @ 12:55pm | ! Report

            Why? I saw it in grade cricket 35 years ago. Pieter hardly invented it.

          • January 13th 2018 @ 1:10pm
            Egbirt said | January 13th 2018 @ 1:10pm | ! Report

            What is unfair about a reverse sweep??? Maybe they should outlaw googlies too because they’re unexpected?

          • Roar Guru

            January 13th 2018 @ 2:11pm
            Chris Kettlewell said | January 13th 2018 @ 2:11pm | ! Report

            Reverse sweeps aren’t an issue. There’s definitely some controversy about the full-on switch-hit where the batsman fully changes to batting the other way around. I could understand a rule that says to switch hit you need to say you are going to bat that way around before the bowler starts to bowl, just like a bowler has to tell you which side of the wicket they are going to bowl from and which arm they are going to bowl with ahead of time. But I’ve never seen much argument about the reverse sweep.

            • Roar Rookie

              January 13th 2018 @ 7:25pm
              DJ DJ said | January 13th 2018 @ 7:25pm | ! Report

              Agree 100%. If a batsman can change stance at point of delivery, a bowler should be able to switch from over to around the wicket without notification.

            • January 14th 2018 @ 3:23pm
              Daddy said | January 14th 2018 @ 3:23pm | ! Report

              We may have found David’s issue though. He is on a crusade against the reverse sweep! Glen maxwell is just collateral damage.

              • January 14th 2018 @ 10:59pm
                Maggie said | January 14th 2018 @ 10:59pm | ! Report

                Hope David Lord saw Jason Roy’s ‘funky’ reverse sweep duing Roy’s record-breaking 180 runs in today’s ODI.

    • January 13th 2018 @ 12:37pm
      Bob Sims said | January 13th 2018 @ 12:37pm | ! Report

      Unfortunately, David, it’s crystal clear that Maxi’s career is not entirely up to Maxi. You concede that he is gifted with natural talent. When the gauntlet was thrown down in India, he responded with a century at number six. When the gauntlet was again thrown down pre-Ashes, he responded with Shield runs in buckets. Where did it get him? Exactly! He can keep scoring runs hand over fist, but as long as Captain Smudge has as much influence as he has, the coach remains in place, and the selection panel remains unchanged, the door is shut firmly in his face!

      • Roar Guru

        January 13th 2018 @ 2:14pm
        Chris Kettlewell said | January 13th 2018 @ 2:14pm | ! Report

        Hardly shield runs in buckets. He managed a couple of fifties. The double hundred and such came after the test series started. Sure, many people suggested that he should then have been ahead of Mitch Marsh for the third test, but the selectors clearly prefer a pace bowling allrounder (at least in Australia) and like Mitch in the team. And so far it’s worked for him. But before the first test when the real fight was on, he had a couple of decent innings, but certainly hadn’t scored “buckets” of runs at that point.

        • January 13th 2018 @ 7:00pm
          Rob said | January 13th 2018 @ 7:00pm | ! Report

          Shaun Marsh took Maxwell’s position in the1st Test because it was a form selection. He’d made score of 63,11,2,91,17,52 in his 6 FC innings leading into the first Test averaging 40, which is his career average? That ‘s not screaming pick me. His 9th opportunity.
          Maxwell who was second only to Smith in average in India and the only player other than Smith to score a century, Had scored 4,45*,60,64 before get 20,7 (on a wicket that saw both teams dismissed losing 40wickets for just over 840 at an average of 21), he’s average was 33. That’s 7 not screaming totally out of form.
          In the game leading up to the 3rd Test when Mitchell was selected Victoria and WA played against each other? Maxwell (3)scored 96 and M. Marsh(4) scored 43 on the same pitch. That was just after his score of 278 against NSW.
          You can spit it an way you like but Maxwell is not being picked fairly.

          • January 14th 2018 @ 10:04am
            Don Freo said | January 14th 2018 @ 10:04am | ! Report

            40 is ‘not screami ng pick me’. 33 is ‘not screamin g totally out of form’.

            You argue that the 33 is better than the 40. I guess when you believe something…

            There is no bias against Maxwell. There is just not a spot. Shaun Marsh is one of the best ODI players in world cricket but as an opener. Aaron Finch keeps scoring so there is no place for Marsh. That’s how it works.

            • January 14th 2018 @ 2:38pm
              Rob said | January 14th 2018 @ 2:38pm | ! Report

              Come on Don, Where did I say 33 is better than 40. Maxwell is probably worth 10-20 in the field comparing him to Shaun. I could say Shaun was more inconsistent than Maxwell and Shaun was probably at an advantage batting on flatter pitches(WACA) than Maxwell in those games. Take out the lively Gabba wicket and he’s average is 57.
              Shaun Marsh is injured so that is why he isn’t in the ODI team? Finch isn’t in great form at the moment either, with 51 and 76 his highest score whilst having 6 scores under 10runs in his last 11 innings. He’s probably holding his spot because of his performance against India in the ODI’s almost 4 months ago? Strange that it didn’t apply to Maxwell’s selection on his Test performance in India keeping his spot for the Ashes.

              • January 14th 2018 @ 3:19pm
                Don Freo said | January 14th 2018 @ 3:19pm | ! Report

                Marsh is not in the team because he wasn’t picked. He was not injured when this team was selected.

                As for the numbers…I quoted Rob. That’s you!!!

              • January 14th 2018 @ 10:39pm
                Rob said | January 14th 2018 @ 10:39pm | ! Report

                “You argue that the 33 is better than the 40. I guess when you believe something…” is your spin Don.

          • Roar Rookie

            January 14th 2018 @ 11:00pm
            JamesH said | January 14th 2018 @ 11:00pm | ! Report

            Just FYI Rob, Maxwell’s average over those 6 digs was 40, not 33. You forgot the not out. So he and Marsh averaged basically the same.

            • January 15th 2018 @ 5:51am
              Rob said | January 15th 2018 @ 5:51am | ! Report

              Thank you James. Surprised I wasn’t corrected on that by the Don?

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