Mumbai left wondering by Maxwell, Lynn joins the IPL party

James, I think it's difficult to adapt to different formats that easily for spinners. One of the worries about T20 cricket was that spinners would have no role left to play in that format (which isn't the case obviously) but the bigger worry should be that over-exposure to limited-overs cricket changes the way a spinner thinks and the way he bowls in Tests as well. That defensive mentality creeps into his game, almost unknowingly, and causes technical deficiencies to develop over time, which do not go away that easily in the longer format. That is why you wouldn't find too many spinners who do well across all the formats - and that includes even the likes of Sunil Narine. Remains to be seen whether Maxwell will be able to adapt across the formats as far as his bowling is concerned.

29 Apr 2014
Mumbai left wondering by Maxwell, Lynn joins the IPL party

The way things are going with Sehwag at the moment, it looks like he would be more worried about his own form than others in the side. He's top-scored for Punjab last two games but that's come after months and months of poor batting and it looked quite laboured too.

29 Apr 2014
Mumbai left wondering by Maxwell, Lynn joins the IPL party

Yes mate, with Ben Dunk in the line-up, it will only be fair to give Michael Hussey one more chance and if he fails, allow for a change or two. I have been harping about batting one of Pollard or Anderson to the top three for some time now and it finally happened in the previous couple of games, with Hussey being dropped down to four. I don't think Mumbai did not select Maxwell because they were worried about his role. It was a tactical blunder. Poor selection in other words. They may have used him as a finisher till last season, when he played those handful of games but looking at the way he's batted in the last 12 months, they would have made the necessary change to accommodate him at the top. David Hussey's was, according to me, the best ever in IPL history. Mitchell Starc came up with a couple of gems last night too.

29 Apr 2014
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