Man of the Max: Big Show blasts Aussies home in Hobart

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    When Glenn Maxwell strode to the crease on the fourth ball of Australia’s innings last night in Hobart he was batting number four, and the score was 2-4.

    Eighteen overs later Maxwell had his arms raised high after smashing a six over long on to be 103 not out, and Australia had beaten England by five wickets in their T20 clash.

    There was only one man-of-the-match contender after Maxwell had earlier captured 3-10 off just two overs in keeping England to 9-155 that included 13 fours, and five sixes.

    To put Maxwell’s dig in perspective, he cracked ten fours, and four sixes.

    England’s innings was at least 25 runs shy of where they should have been following their 1-60 after the power play of six overs, and 3-96 at the halfway stage.

    Losing 6-59 in their last ten overs cost England the game.

    Not that Maxwell gave a rats’, he was hell bent on creating carnage as only he can do when in the mood.

    Glenn Maxwell out

    (AAP Image/Mal Fairclough)

    Let’s face it, Maxwell lives by the sword, and there were two moments when he should have died by it.

    At 40 Alex Hales dropped him at deep square leg with no excuses for the miss.

    And at 59, Jason Roy misjudged a straight forward catch at long off, having to dive forward to complete it very close to the ground. In fact it was so close the third umpire gave Maxwell the benefit of the doubt, and he continued on his merry way.

    But take nothing away from Maxwell, he was the only show in town with the exception England’s Dawid Malan’s 50, and Australian opener D’Arcy Short’s 30.

    The rest of the Australian batting was dismal to say the least.

    Skipper David Warner’s drought continued with a second ball dismissal for four, the much boomed Chris Lynn lost his castle to a second ball duck, Marcus Stoinis made six, Travis Head six, and Alex Carey remained five out out.

    There was nothing to get excited about when five Australian batsmen could only manage 21 between them

    But winning T20s is something of a rarity for the Australians, so beggars can’t be choosers.

    What’s even rarer is winning T20s back-to-back, having disposed of the Kiwis in the opening round at the SCG.

    The Australians will be put to the test again on Saturday night at the MCG, but they can’t count on another one-man show with the bat.

    In the meantime, Maxwell fans, and the man himself, can celebrate a ‘Maximum’ explosive dig that kept the every spectator in their seats until the final ball.

    Needing just one to win with Maxwell on 97, he did exactly what he wanted to do – and what the crowd expected.

    He smashed a six.

    David Lord
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    • February 8th 2018 @ 6:43am
      Perry Bridge said | February 8th 2018 @ 6:43am | ! Report

      It was interesting though – there was spin and bounce in the track and Maxwell picking up 3 wickets in his two overs was super crucial – along with Agar. Ironic that Warner bowled him – given Smith’s reluctance.

      The start of the Aust chase and Willey was hooping the ball around, the one that banana’d back to take out Lynn’s leg stump was a ripper – Maxwell came out and played the in swing line of a Yorker which went straight on harmlessly outside off.

      The big question was whether Rashid could produce a match winning spell and his return catch of Short was a super reflex snare.

      Maxwell had done a fine job by the time he got to 40 – following on from his unbeaten 40 on the weekend. Generally for a T20 100 you’ll need a smidge of luck – he got that and made the most of it. Presently he is enjoying a fine form line this season – just a shame we didn’t see more of it at international level.

      • Roar Guru

        February 8th 2018 @ 8:58am
        JamesH said | February 8th 2018 @ 8:58am | ! Report

        It was good to see Maxwell get a trundle, although I suspect he would have missed out again had Head’s first over been better.

        I loved seeing Short get going. He really looked at home for his 30 and counter-attacked well – just caught the Mitch Marsh disease.

        That ball from Willey though… wow.

        • February 8th 2018 @ 9:20am
          Pope Paul VII said | February 8th 2018 @ 9:20am | ! Report

          incredible ball

          • February 8th 2018 @ 9:29am
            jameswm said | February 8th 2018 @ 9:29am | ! Report

            Hardly. It was an inswinger. The ball before was an inswinger too. Not that hard to hit. Lynn committed to his shot too early.

            It was a good ball poorly played.

            • February 8th 2018 @ 10:17am
              Scorching said | February 8th 2018 @ 10:17am | ! Report

              Agree…. but credit where credit’s due it was the perfect ball for Lynn in that mindset

            • February 8th 2018 @ 10:31am
              Pope Paul VII said | February 8th 2018 @ 10:31am | ! Report

              Yeah well the mighty Left Arm Seamers Union beg to differ. It was a bonafide cracker.

            • Roar Guru

              February 8th 2018 @ 12:26pm
              JamesH said | February 8th 2018 @ 12:26pm | ! Report

              The lateness of the swing was what made it so good. By the time it started to bend, Lynn couldn’t do much about it.

              • February 8th 2018 @ 1:18pm
                jameswm said | February 8th 2018 @ 1:18pm | ! Report

                Yes he could. Aussies commit to the shot too early. Ponting used to do it sometimes too. SWaugh, Rogers, Smith etc would have had little problem playing it, as they play later.

              • Roar Guru

                February 8th 2018 @ 4:45pm
                JamesH said | February 8th 2018 @ 4:45pm | ! Report

                They also don’t hit the ball as hard. It’s a tradeoff; each way has its disadvantages.

                Also, S Waugh and Rogers are terrible examples to use when we’re talking about T20.

              • February 8th 2018 @ 5:48pm
                jameswm said | February 8th 2018 @ 5:48pm | ! Report

                How about an ounce of game smarts? Willey bowls innines to right handers, had the new ball, and the previous ball swung a fair bit too.

                Maybe don’t try to hit the cover off your 2nd ball when the white ball is swinging and it’s not there to hit?

                Maybe use your noggin?

              • February 8th 2018 @ 11:43pm
                Ironmonger said | February 8th 2018 @ 11:43pm | ! Report

                Spot on

          • February 8th 2018 @ 10:31am
            Rob said | February 8th 2018 @ 10:31am | ! Report

            Good ball, poorly played.

            • February 8th 2018 @ 1:39pm
              truetigerfan said | February 8th 2018 @ 1:39pm | ! Report

              Exactly, Rob. Clearly demonstrated why Lynn’s long form figures are so poor! Cannot play a moving ball!

              • February 8th 2018 @ 3:14pm
                matth said | February 8th 2018 @ 3:14pm | ! Report

                His long form (first class) figures are actually very good.

                Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50
                41 71 8 2743 250 43.53 4909 55.87 6 12

              • February 8th 2018 @ 6:10pm
                John Erichsen said | February 8th 2018 @ 6:10pm | ! Report

                Lynn’s first class figures compare favourably with most of those spoken about for test contention. Perhaps, Lynn isn’t the only person who isn’t watching things closely enough before having a swipe…

        • February 8th 2018 @ 10:30am
          Rob said | February 8th 2018 @ 10:30am | ! Report

          On Wiley wasn’t he the fella that took the stick to GOAT? Fancy Maxi bamboozling him.

          • Roar Guru

            February 8th 2018 @ 12:27pm
            JamesH said | February 8th 2018 @ 12:27pm | ! Report

            Amazing what the pressure of a real game does.

      • February 8th 2018 @ 9:30am
        jameswm said | February 8th 2018 @ 9:30am | ! Report

        If you ask me Perry, Maxwell was clearly better than Head. All Head can do is dart. Maxwell varied his pace, his flight, his arm position, and got more spin.

        • February 8th 2018 @ 10:35am
          Perry Bridge said | February 8th 2018 @ 10:35am | ! Report

          Agreed – and some commentators with credibility have observed limitations in Head’s technique at the crease – Maxwell is technically a better bowler. Head is a real part timer.

          • February 8th 2018 @ 10:45am
            Rob said | February 8th 2018 @ 10:45am | ! Report

            Maxwell is a better cricketer. As much as he annoys the traditionalists, with thinking outside the box and doing it his way. he does have that magic dust in his kit bag. It’s a shame people don’t embarrass the genius.

            • Roar Pro

              February 8th 2018 @ 4:32pm
              Ashan D said | February 8th 2018 @ 4:32pm | ! Report

              He was our frontline spin bowler in ODI and T20s until Smith overlooked him. Clarke backed him and got the best out of him. No wonder his batting flourished at that time. Ever since Smith stopped bowling him and used Head instead it had a negative effect. I dont know what they see in Head as a bowler but he just looks bog average, no better than Warner with him leg spin. Maxwell has more guile for a spinner. You only wonder why Smith doesn’t use him. Cant be cricketing reasons.

              • February 8th 2018 @ 9:26pm
                Rob said | February 8th 2018 @ 9:26pm | ! Report

                Maxwell is a player that likes to be in the action and if he gets a catch or wicket in the field his confidence can be transferred into his batting. Mitchell Johnson, Doug Walters, Sobers, Botham. Good cricketers usually respond to being in the game with both bat and ball. Warner did the right thing throwing the ball to Maxwell for a couple of overs.

              • February 8th 2018 @ 11:48pm
                Ironmonger said | February 8th 2018 @ 11:48pm | ! Report

                I wonder how much of Maxwells exclusion is down to a personality clash with Smith. Maybe Smith doesn’t like sharing the spot light? Maybe there’s some history there that we are not being told about? The mind boggles…I reckon there is something the general public are not being told…

              • February 9th 2018 @ 9:25am
                Rob said | February 9th 2018 @ 9:25am | ! Report

                Smith is OCD and super intense, Maxwell is cavalier and easy going. Not sure those 2 personality traits mix well. They need to accept they are differently wired because it’s a terrible shame that both can’t be producing in the best Australian Team.

    • February 8th 2018 @ 7:56am
      Chris Love said | February 8th 2018 @ 7:56am | ! Report

      Agree Perry. If there’s one thing one has to be critical of Smith since he became captain it’s been the use of his second tier bowlers. When and how he uses them across all formats. Clarke showed confidence in Maxy at the last World Cup and as a result he not only bowled well but it showed in his batting with some mature knocks.

      It’s almost criminal we haven’t seen him more at international level because the selectors want to play favourites again.

      • February 8th 2018 @ 9:29am
        JohnB said | February 8th 2018 @ 9:29am | ! Report

        Might have been the selectors playing favourites, might not! Two good innings and some decent work with the ball make his previous omission curiouser and curiouser. The dropped catch today wasn’t great, but other players have dropped catches at crucial times this season.

        And can Clarke and Taylor get worse as commentators? They’ve set the bar really high (or low) for themselves.

        • February 8th 2018 @ 9:45am
          Mickyt said | February 8th 2018 @ 9:45am | ! Report

          I was driven to bed early from Clarke’s commentary. Surely they have someone criticing the ch9 ex captains. They talk as if the audience are teens or is that their intellect?

        • Roar Rookie

          February 8th 2018 @ 9:47am
          Pedro The Fisherman said | February 8th 2018 @ 9:47am | ! Report

          “…can Clarke and Taylor get worse as commentators?”
          They are not good but YES it could be worse – they could be Kevin Pietersen!
          Sheesh – I have never known a side that was smashed 4-0 in the Test series to have so many players that had a “Fantastic” summer. What a joke Pietersen is.

          • February 8th 2018 @ 9:50am
            Peter said | February 8th 2018 @ 9:50am | ! Report

            Australian TV networks seem enamoured with KP. We’re going to have to put up with him and his ego for the next 30 years.

          • February 8th 2018 @ 10:48am
            13th Man said | February 8th 2018 @ 10:48am | ! Report

            I prefer KP to Clarke.
            Clarke is the biggest flog.

          • February 8th 2018 @ 11:16am
            JohnB said | February 8th 2018 @ 11:16am | ! Report

            The one thing that saved KP last night was when Clarke did the spiel for Married at First Sight (and to be fair to him I’m sure that grates on him too) and asked if Pietersen would be watching, only for Pietersen to forget the script and effectively say you’ve got to be kidding I wouldn’t watch that tripe. But yes, he’s been much poorer on 9 than on 10.

        • February 9th 2018 @ 6:49am
          marfu said | February 9th 2018 @ 6:49am | ! Report

          Yes selectors have a lot to answer for not that they would ever admit their mistake. I am really enjoying Maxwell making them look more and more stupid but fear that it will get worse for them in SA.

          Commentators are embarrassingly bad especially Pietersen, Clarke and Healy.

      • February 8th 2018 @ 10:36am
        Perry Bridge said | February 8th 2018 @ 10:36am | ! Report

        Perhaps HAD Maxwell have found his way up to NSW when that change looked like happening – perhaps then he’d have become a permanent fixture in the national side.

        Just sayin’

        • February 8th 2018 @ 11:03am
          jamesb said | February 8th 2018 @ 11:03am | ! Report

          Then why didn’t the selectors pick Peter Nevill as test ‘keeper? Instead the selectors took a left field option with Paine.

          • February 8th 2018 @ 11:17am
            JohnB said | February 8th 2018 @ 11:17am | ! Report

            Because it’s not the selectors who have an issue?

    • February 8th 2018 @ 9:17am
      Pope Paul VII said | February 8th 2018 @ 9:17am | ! Report

      Great work all round.

      What did everyone think of the non catch?

      From my observation the ump seemed fixated on the front view which shows a sea of grass and it looks like it hits the deck first.

      The side on view looks like he may have got under it but (on telly anyway) this was only briefly looked at.

      Anyway good on Maxi. Great bowling by Maxi and Agar as well.

      • February 8th 2018 @ 9:32am
        jameswm said | February 8th 2018 @ 9:32am | ! Report

        I get what Clarke was saying about how they look not out, but Clarke didn’t watch the footage. He carried on like a serious goose.

        The thing is, he didn’t get his fingers right under it. When he lifts the ball forward, you can see the ball is right in the front of his fingers, forward of the finger tips. It is not a couple of knuckles down.

        You watch the footage, and the ball clearly hits grass in front of the fingers. The fingers were under the back half of the ball, but not the front.

        A bit of luck for Maxwell, but not out. England seemed to go and re-query it after the decision was made, but Morgan took it well int he post-game interview, saying it was 50/50.

        • Roar Rookie

          February 8th 2018 @ 9:48am
          Pedro The Fisherman said | February 8th 2018 @ 9:48am | ! Report

          Yep – Clarke had committed to his outrageous “That’s Out” statement early and then proceeded to repeat it over and over despite the evidence!
          Rubbish commentary.

        • Columnist

          February 8th 2018 @ 10:08am
          David Lord said | February 8th 2018 @ 10:08am | ! Report

          Well played jameswm, you are the first Roarer to rightfully nail Michael Clarke as a serious goose commentator, and he’s getting worse.

          From his coiffed hair right down to his light blue shoes last night, Clarke is the most blatant self-promoter I’ve seen in sport in over 50 years.

          And Channel Nine isn’t doing him any favours by promoting him themselves, the reason why he’s getting worse.

          • February 8th 2018 @ 3:25pm
            concerned supporter said | February 8th 2018 @ 3:25pm | ! Report

            David,
            I think M. Clarke is a good commentator,in a way, in particular pointing out tactics & field placings in advance.
            One thing for sure that he was a better captain than S. Smith, no doubt.
            I must admit that I was cringing when he was promoting that rubbish show “Married at First Sight”
            Who do you know David who would watch it?

            • Columnist

              February 8th 2018 @ 6:00pm
              David Lord said | February 8th 2018 @ 6:00pm | ! Report

              Not one sane person concerned supporter.

          • February 9th 2018 @ 9:30am
            Bakkies said | February 9th 2018 @ 9:30am | ! Report

            Neither Buttler’s and Roy’s catches were out. Yes hands may have been under the ball however it still can’t brush the ground.

            There is a clip on You Tube featuring the best of Kerry O’Keeffe. In the clip they show footage of a ‘catch’ that KP claimed in the 2005 ODI series in England which clearly brushed the ground.

      • February 8th 2018 @ 10:12am
        DB said | February 8th 2018 @ 10:12am | ! Report

        Inconclusive – it should of gone to umpires call.

        • Roar Guru

          February 8th 2018 @ 12:34pm
          JamesH said | February 8th 2018 @ 12:34pm | ! Report

          It shouldn’t have to be conclusive, that’s the problem. The umpire had no idea from that distance, so why should his call somehow overrule the opinion of the third umpire, who can actually look at the available evidence?

          The ball bounced down out of Roy’s hands and it didn’t look like his fingers could possibly have reached far enough to get under the ball before it hit the deck. On balance it was probably not out. Correct result, well done third umpire.

        • February 8th 2018 @ 1:10pm
          BrainsTrust said | February 8th 2018 @ 1:10pm | ! Report

          Not even remotely inconclusive, the fingers were on the side of the ball.
          They should be underneath the bottom of the ball.

        • February 8th 2018 @ 7:49pm
          PeteB said | February 8th 2018 @ 7:49pm | ! Report

          Ball clearly hit the grass – that’s NOT OUT !!

      • February 8th 2018 @ 10:35am
        Rob said | February 8th 2018 @ 10:35am | ! Report

        KP is a dam side better than Clarke in commentary. IMO. The fielder made it into a 50/50 catch so the umpires were within their rights to give it not out when it clearly touched the grass in the process of making the catch.

        • February 8th 2018 @ 10:39am
          Perry Bridge said | February 8th 2018 @ 10:39am | ! Report

          I actually like KP.

          Perhaps it’s because I liked to hate Tony Greig when he stirred up Bill Lawry.

          • February 8th 2018 @ 10:50am
            jameswm said | February 8th 2018 @ 10:50am | ! Report

            KP makes it fun. He’s turned a lot of around – we all used to hate him when he was playing, mainly for being good and taking us on.

            • February 8th 2018 @ 11:02am
              spruce moose said | February 8th 2018 @ 11:02am | ! Report

              No way. KP’s ego is extraordinary. Whenever he’s short of anything meaningful to say (which is frequent) he simply retreats to stories about his exploits or good times with ‘the boys’. When they were chatting with Ponting last night and he steered the conversation so he could showboat he plays golf with Ponting…pathetic.

    • February 8th 2018 @ 9:19am
      paul said | February 8th 2018 @ 9:19am | ! Report

      This pitch completely suited Maxwell, both from a bowling and batting view point. It bounced and turned so his bowling looked good but had enough pace so he could get going on it as well. I reckon he roll it up and take it with him if he could. Ditto for Agar.

      • February 8th 2018 @ 9:34am
        jameswm said | February 8th 2018 @ 9:34am | ! Report

        There was one big thing about Maxwell’s batting – he picked Rashid. Was belting his wronguns and his leggies. The others have struggled with that.

        If the pitch suited Maxwell’s bowling, why was Head so ordinary? It’s because Maxwell is simply a better bowler – and of course batsman.

        • Roar Rookie

          February 8th 2018 @ 9:51am
          Pedro The Fisherman said | February 8th 2018 @ 9:51am | ! Report

          Maxi may be a better bowler (“better” not “good”) but he certainly isn’t a better batsman than Head!

          • Roar Rookie

            February 8th 2018 @ 10:14am
            Roger said | February 8th 2018 @ 10:14am | ! Report

            I’d disagree with that Pedro, possible lineball but I’d still pick Maxie over him.

            • Roar Guru

              February 8th 2018 @ 12:37pm
              JamesH said | February 8th 2018 @ 12:37pm | ! Report

              That’s generous, Roger. Maxwell is clearly better than Head.

              Pedro just has a chip on his shoulder when it comes to the Big Show. Even David Lord is capable of praising Maxy, but not Pedro.

              • February 8th 2018 @ 7:46pm
                zenn said | February 8th 2018 @ 7:46pm | ! Report

                Maxwell’s Victorian teammates don’t have an issue with his training…or does training now mean pumping iron and jogging miles rather than refining skills?

          • February 8th 2018 @ 10:30am
            Ouch said | February 8th 2018 @ 10:30am | ! Report

            Maxwell isn’t a better batsman than Travis Head? You’re dreaming. Head shouldn’t even be in the team.

            • February 8th 2018 @ 10:51am
              jameswm said | February 8th 2018 @ 10:51am | ! Report

              Agreed, Maxwell is a few classes better than Head as a batsman.

              Tell him he’s dreaming…

          • February 8th 2018 @ 10:50am
            13th Man said | February 8th 2018 @ 10:50am | ! Report

            Maxi is a far better batsman than Head! I honestly don’t rate Head at all, don’t think he was necessary last night.

            • February 8th 2018 @ 11:03am
              spruce moose said | February 8th 2018 @ 11:03am | ! Report

              Would you say Maxwell is head and shoulders better?

              too dry…

        • February 8th 2018 @ 3:28pm
          concerned supporter said | February 8th 2018 @ 3:28pm | ! Report

          And why was Head’s batting & also his bowling so ordinary?

    • February 8th 2018 @ 10:00am
      uglykiwi said | February 8th 2018 @ 10:00am | ! Report

      Sack Clarke. (please, I turn the sound down whenever hes in the box)
      Sack the selectors. (Clearly Maxwell has an issue with Smith or Smith has an issue with Maxwell; grow up and sort it out boys).

      • February 8th 2018 @ 11:04am
        Perry Bridge said | February 8th 2018 @ 11:04am | ! Report

        Note the biggest supporter of Maxwell appears to be R.Ponting – – and who is helping out with the T20s – R.Ponting – perhaps not worrying about what Maxi isn’t but supporting him on what he is.

        Which is a whole lot better than the personal negativities that came out from Hohns and Smith. Really gotta wonder.

        At any rate – what is clear is that our T20 operates better without Smith. Just a shame that Finch isn’t on the park at the moment.

        btw – see Kohli got another 160* v Sth Af – a tough induction for Markram. 34th ODI 100, avg over 57. Done well against all nations and in all countries…….except his avg of 12 v the Netherlands……

        • Roar Guru

          February 8th 2018 @ 12:40pm
          JamesH said | February 8th 2018 @ 12:40pm | ! Report

          Agreed. I was saying to a mate last night, I wonder how long Warnie would have lasted if he was a young player in the current setup. Would he need to ‘train smarter’?

          I don’t understand why some people seem hell bent on stifling anything that doesn’t fit the mould.

          • February 8th 2018 @ 5:15pm
            twodogs said | February 8th 2018 @ 5:15pm | ! Report

            NWO!

        • February 8th 2018 @ 3:19pm
          matth said | February 8th 2018 @ 3:19pm | ! Report

          Kohli may be a bit of a tool, but he has taken limited overs batting to a whole new level, in terms of consistent rapid scoring.

    • February 8th 2018 @ 10:54am
      13th Man said | February 8th 2018 @ 10:54am | ! Report

      Must be hard for you to say positive things about Maxi, David.
      He is an absolute superstar and should be playing all formats for Australia. I just don’t understand what people have against him. Yes he plays his shots but if we look at how cricket is progressing that’s a good thing.
      He hits them in some odd areas and isn’t your most technically correct batsman but he’s got real talent, probably the second most talented bat in Australia after Smith.
      And as I’ve said time and time again, he’s a far better bowler than Head and that was proven right last night. Also Darcy Short is a far better bowler than Head as well but he didn’t even get a roll.

      • Columnist

        February 8th 2018 @ 11:09am
        David Lord said | February 8th 2018 @ 11:09am | ! Report

        It wasn’t hard at all 13th man. All I’ve ever wanted from the naturally gifted Glenn Maxwell was consistency, and he’s rarely given it, far too keen to play hero shots, rather than treating every delivery on its merits.

        This season has been a Maxwell breakthrough in all three formats, and from Australia’s point of view I hope he continues to bat sensibly, and forget Matthew Wade ever dubbed him the Big Show that turned him into the No Show.

        Maxwell on fire can be breathtaking, but because he’s fearless there will be times when he lives by the sword, he’ll die from it early.

        If he limits the early departures, he’ll be a major asset to Australian cricket.

        • February 8th 2018 @ 11:36am
          JohnB said | February 8th 2018 @ 11:36am | ! Report

          David, I actually think consistency is something you can’t reasonably expect from Maxwell in limited overs cricket. Or maybe I’m misunderstanding what you mean by consistency. To me, you can ask a player like Maxwell to not get himself out in the first couple of overs he’s in in a ODI or in the first few balls in a T20, but from there on in (unless the game situation really requires something different) his game is high risk, high reward. He’ll score match winning innings and he’ll make 20s and 30s fast enough that they’re actually worth more than they appear to – but the flip side is that from to time he’ll also get out cheaply trying to up the pace. I wouldn’t be surprised if he still makes more scores below 20 than he does above 20. To me however that just has to be accepted as the price you pay for having someone who can come in and start scoring very quickly very early in his innings. If the good days become too few, or someone else can come in and play that style of game better, or you decide you don’t want that style of player at all, fine, get rid of him.

          • Columnist

            February 8th 2018 @ 11:59am
            David Lord said | February 8th 2018 @ 11:59am | ! Report

            JohnB, I can easily explain my consistency claim. Once Glenn Maxwell takes enough time to correctly judge the pace of the wicket, and the bounce, there’s every chance he’ll score heavily and very quickly.

            Maxwell’s Achilles heel is trying to bat as though he’s 50, when he’s still in single figures. That’s a surefire recipe for low scores, and a waste of wonderful talent.

            • Roar Guru

              February 8th 2018 @ 12:45pm
              JamesH said | February 8th 2018 @ 12:45pm | ! Report

              But there’s a role for that kind of player in limited overs cricket, David. In fact, T20 demands it. Head and Stoinis both came in and chewed up deliveries last night, hurting our momentum. Maxwell didn’t – he and Short basically looked to score from the word go, and their counter-attacking put us back on course.

              In ODIs you certainly need a couple of batsmen who can build an innings and bat long periods, but you also need the dashers who put bowlers on the defensive. When they come off, they open up matches. When they don’t… who cares?

            • February 9th 2018 @ 12:52pm
              JohnB said | February 9th 2018 @ 12:52pm | ! Report

              I’m going to disagree that you can play yourself in normally through to double figures in 20/20, pretty much ever. Maybe if your team loses 4 or 5 wickets very early and you just have to salvage something. Short of that, no. 50 over cricket there’s a lot more permutations and there are certainly players in or recently in the Australian side (M Marsh, Stoinis, Faulkner) who follow the if you can get in you can score very quickly later approach. That approach isn’t without its own risks – you’ll find lots of examples in old and not so old scorecards of the bloke who gets himself in, starts to accelerate – and gets out immediately. As I say, I don’t advocate Maxwell trying to swing the bat from the outset. There’ll be situations where he (like any other batsman coming in in similar circumstances) needs to aim to bat through or where he has been given such a good start by the batsmen before him he can afford to take a little more time to get in. I do think it’s better for the team that someone like Maxwell who is capable of scoring quickly early tries to do so – if nothing else, that lets other players like the Marshes or Stoinis’ start a little slower.

        • February 8th 2018 @ 12:27pm
          DaveJ said | February 8th 2018 @ 12:27pm | ! Report

          David, while being something of a Maxwell supporter myself, I’d suggest there was only a fumble and a blade of grass between everyone calling him a goose and irresponsible once again. It’s not about playing risky shots. It’s about hitting the ball in the air straight down the fielder’s throat. Hales and Roy should have gobbled those catches up. Why was even hitting the ball in that direction anyway? Perhaps the Hales one was a mishit, intended to go over his head for six, but the Roy one just looked ridiculous. Surely a batsmen who is in and reasonably set has to do better in terms of shot selection. It could have been the game there and then, twice.

          • February 8th 2018 @ 9:59pm
            Rob said | February 8th 2018 @ 9:59pm | ! Report

            I think Maxwell is a fantastic cricketer but you’re dead right about the 2 brain farts he got away with last night. I was really annoyed with the stupidity of the Roy one. He needs to bat at 3 or 4 so he becomes use to batting for more than 50 balls on a regular basis. Those shots are from a bloke who has spent to long batting with the tail.

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