Glenn Maxwell says he is full of confidence ahead of Australia’s one-day series against India – and he admits he will need it against a daunting attack.
Watching Australia’s Test batsmen struggle against India has been hard for Glenn Maxwell.
But the all-rounder says he will keep his eyes on the prize in the looming one-day series against a formidable Indian attack with a 2019 World Cup berth up for grabs.
Maxwell will link up with the Australian ODI squad full of confidence after stroking an unbeaten 41 to guide Melbourne Stars to an eight-wicket Big Bash League win over Sydney Thunder on the Gold Coast.
And he admits he will need it when the three-game ODI series starts on January 12 against what he rated as the greatest Indian attack to tour Australia.
Not that he has been able to stomach much of them in action on TV.
“It (Test series) has been hard to watch. I don’t know about frustrating but I know the quality of the team they are up against,” Maxwell said.
“It’s been the best Indian bowling cartel that has come over.
“But I have faced them enough. It’s not like I have to watch a Test to know what they are going to do.”
It may be a daunting challenge but Maxwell said Australia would use the ODI series to nut out their batting order for this year’s World Cup in the UK.
Maxwell has impressed at No.4 for the Stars but looks set to feature at five or six for Australia in the ODIs.
Either way, Maxwell was confident of making an impact with the bat.
“I leave the team for Aussie duty in a good place,” he said.
“I have been batting as well as I can.
“They will come up with their batting order (for the World Cup) in the ODI series and there will be certain roles this time.
“They will really nut that out before the World Cup.”
Maxwell didn’t have to be reminded that he had to maintain his form to get a World Cup nod after selectors dropped master blasters Chris Lynn and D’Arcy Short for the ODIs.
“They (selectors) made that pretty clear when I got dropped from the Test squad,” he said.
“I wasn’t performing enough and they duly got rid of me. They have done the same in the one-day side.”
Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa and Peter Handscomb will miss the next three Stars games due to ODI duty.
Maxwell said he left the Stars in good hands after they moved to second on the BBL ladder with their second straight victory.
He backed Nic Maddinson to return from a broken arm and step up in their absence.
“Hopefully he will take control of the Stars middle order,” Maxwell said.