Maxwell still in line for Ashes berth


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    Glenn Maxwell’s isn’t panicking about the potential effect his turbulent tour of India may have on his dream of retaining the Test No. 6 spot for the Ashes.

    Maxwell is under pressure to keep his spot after Australia’s Test tour of Bangladesh, where he averaged 33 across two matches.

    The 28-year-old was dropped during the one-day series against India and returned to the fold for Sunday’s T20 in Ranchi but struggled for a disappointing 17 from 16 balls.

    Maxwell said selectors had made it clear whoever performs well in three highly anticipated Sheffield Shield games would get the nod.

    “There’s still a fair bit of time to go,” Maxwell said.

    “I’d like to get the opportunity if I do play well in those three Shield games. To play in the Ashes would be an absolute dream.”

    Maxwell has been part of a broader issue for Australia’s middle order: their tendency for collapse.

    They get another chance to make amends in a must-win T20 with India in the northeastern city of Guwahati on Tuesday.

    “I’m not sure any one in that middle order’s made runs consistently during this tour. I think all of us have probably got to stand up,” Maxwell said.

    But such awareness of the issue hasn’t been reflected on the scoreboard. Australia’s batsmen have acknowledged their shortcomings only for India’s attack to repeatedly bring them undone.

    Fast bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah have emerged as some of the best finishers in limited-overs cricket, while wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have done damage through the middle overs.

    Maxwell has been dismissed by Chahal in all four of his innings on this tour, but insists he is no bunny.

    “I think if you look at all the games, I came in and you need to up the run rate, so he’s just the lucky guy who’s getting my wicket at the moment,” Maxwell said.

    Maxwell believes it is unlikely losing both the ODI and T20 series in India will impact Australia’s momentum heading into the Ashes.

    But making sure losing doesn’t become a habit is vital in the tour’s final two matches.

    “As a group I think we need to be winning games of cricket,” Maxwell said.

    The series wraps up on Friday in Hyderabad, a little less than two weeks from the first Shield games.

    Ahead of a crucial six weeks, Maxwell says he isn’t short of confidence but admits the pressure has amplified.

    “Hopefully there’s runs around the corner,” he said.

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    • October 9th 2017 @ 5:07am
      Vikram sudan said | October 9th 2017 @ 5:07am | ! Report

      Maxwell is not a good player

      • October 9th 2017 @ 8:35am
        Basil said | October 9th 2017 @ 8:35am | ! Report


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      October 9th 2017 @ 8:10am
      Ryan H said | October 9th 2017 @ 8:10am | ! Report

      I wouldn’t be too worried about the poor ODI performances and that translating to First-Class/Test form. Maxwell shouldn’t be worried because he surely gets first look at the number six place unless either his first three Shield matches are extremely underwhelming, or another name like Stoinis, Cartwright or Burns score big runs during that time and force their way in.

    • October 9th 2017 @ 9:14am
      twodogs said | October 9th 2017 @ 9:14am | ! Report

      Never mind Maxwell. Others are not travelling too well either. Smiths ability as captain should therefore also be scrutinised. If commentators are questioning some of his tactics on occassions surely his own players are scratching their heads also. Furthermore, the coach maybe should have to answer some tough questions. The players generally are the best we’ve got and could it be those above hampering those below?

    • October 9th 2017 @ 10:05am
      Curious George said | October 9th 2017 @ 10:05am | ! Report

      This will be a major mistake if he is picked and a good comment on the staqtus of Aussie test stocks.

      Maxi is all hit and giggle

      He will hit a 6 and then sky one the next ball to be caught.

      We need 6 batsman not a hitter and giggler.

      How does Maxwell get “first look” at the number 6 when cartwright is the incumbent….do the maths dooder

      • October 9th 2017 @ 10:31am
        BurgyGreen said | October 9th 2017 @ 10:31am | ! Report

        By that logic it’s Khawaja who doesn’t get a run, as Maxwell is the incumbent No. 5.

      • Roar Guru

        October 9th 2017 @ 2:32pm
        Ryan H said | October 9th 2017 @ 2:32pm | ! Report

        Is he entirely hit and giggle though? Sure it might be his biggest strength (or weakness), but this isn’t quite just a white-ball slogger who gets into the test team off the back of some blistering T20 knocks like England have done with Malan. Maxwell has a first-class average just under 40. Might’ve had a little lean run against Bangladesh, but should he score well in the first three Shield rounds, he will probably be retained.

      • October 10th 2017 @ 3:15am
        Brasstax said | October 10th 2017 @ 3:15am | ! Report

        Michell Marsh walked in as Australian text number six for 20 odd test matches. Maxwell at six despite his inconsistencies should be a huge step above in quality.

    • October 9th 2017 @ 10:36am
      BurgyGreen said | October 9th 2017 @ 10:36am | ! Report

      How is he under pressure after averaging 33? That’s better than every Australian bar Warner and Handscomb.

      Unless he really struggles in the Shield, and a genuine alternative dominates, he must keep his spot.

      • October 9th 2017 @ 11:28am
        Curious George said | October 9th 2017 @ 11:28am | ! Report

        Burgy….he does not bowl in tests! How is he an all rounder?!?!?!

        The poms will feast on his 3-4 overs per test

        At least Mitch “free wicket” Marsh bowled more overs per test

        Maxwell is there because of hype and the BS x-factor nonsense

        put burns back in @ 6

        Maxwell to get no runs in the 3 shield fixtures bu still make the side

        same as wade

        this is why test cricket is rotting and festering away from the inside, the boys club nonsense!

        • October 9th 2017 @ 11:53am
          Sillycowcorner said | October 9th 2017 @ 11:53am | ! Report

          I like the idea of Burns at 6

          • October 9th 2017 @ 11:49pm
            nick said | October 9th 2017 @ 11:49pm | ! Report

            I also like the idea of Burns at 6. The guy scored 3 hundreds in 13 games… to give you an idea, watson scored 4 from 59. Having played those 13 tests he’ll be more mentally equipped to deal with the pressure than a stoinis or cartwright (heaven forbid, henriques or m marsh) and is far more solid than Maxwell. Even without Stokes, England bat very deep and if Warner and Smith don’t fire, we suddenly look very light on runs. Maybe Burns will help proof us against collapses – which will happen at some stage and we won’t have Haddin bailing us out of trouble in every single test this time around.

    • October 9th 2017 @ 11:02am
      Paul said | October 9th 2017 @ 11:02am | ! Report

      Maxwell said “if you look at all 4 games, I came in where I was expected to up the run rate”. I gather in the Big Show book of cricket, this means getting out cheaply. In the first T20, he came in at 3 and did NOT need to up the run rate, because Finch was going gangbusters. Maxwell needed to stay and support him but, of course, Mr Ego got out and started yet another batting collapse. He also had chances in the First Test in Bangladesh to show he can bat for the team, but only contributed to batting collapses that meant defeat.

      The current Australian Test side needs a good, steady batsman at number 6, not some flashy hit and miss cricketer. Our tail will start at number 7, regardless who the selectors choose as keeper, so a Steve Waugh type player, who can bat for a long time, is what’s required. The Big Show just hasn’t got it in him to bat for a day consistently.

      • October 9th 2017 @ 11:45am
        Annoyedofit said | October 9th 2017 @ 11:45am | ! Report

        “Doesn’t have it in him to bat a day”. Nice how you people ignore his 100 in the 3rd Indian test just to suit your narrative

        • October 9th 2017 @ 11:21pm
          Paul said | October 9th 2017 @ 11:21pm | ! Report

          read what I wrote. Maxwell doesn’t have what it takes to bat for a day “consistently”. Sometimes we need guys to bat for time and he can’t do that “consistently”.

      • October 9th 2017 @ 11:55am
        Curious George said | October 9th 2017 @ 11:55am | ! Report

        Paul you are spot on in every comment 🙂

        Especially: “The current Australian Test side needs a good, steady batsman at number 6, not some flashy hit and miss cricketer”

      • October 9th 2017 @ 12:35pm
        Ben said | October 9th 2017 @ 12:35pm | ! Report

        It was a t20 and he was put there to score runs quickly even if it meant taking risks.
        We lost because we didn’t have enough runs on the board.
        Head for some reason is not facing the same scrutiny as maxwell.
        He hasn’t performed in India and the last game he was playing as if it was one dayer.
        The rest of the middle order didn’t perform either.
        Stoinis should have played instead of Christian.
        He has made a hundred at 6 unlike marsh and should be given a chance in Australian conditions.

        • October 13th 2017 @ 11:41pm
          Roshan said | October 13th 2017 @ 11:41pm | ! Report

          My team for ashes
          12 behendroff

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