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Completely agree James. The good thing is, we’re going up against two of the top fancies for the tournament in their back yard prior to the Cup. If we can settle on a competitive 12 we’re a chance, though we’ve still got to be considered rank outsiders.

Aaron Finch is Australia's biggest World Cup worry

can’t please everyone I guess.

Is Glenn Maxwell the Big Show or a no-show?

It’s a sign of the sad state of Australian ODI cricket that we have no idea a) who will be Australia’s opening pair, b) who will be our bowling attack, c) who will be our keeper and d) who will make up the leadership team. I think we’ll do well to make it to the finals, unless a miracle happens between now and the WC.

Aaron Finch is Australia's biggest World Cup worry

Brilliant in the SA series? I don’t know what stats you’re looking at but mine say he played in 3 one dayers and scored 11 off 8, 15 off 19 and 35 off 27.

You seem to have no idea about the need for batsmen to judge what type of game they should play, which will depend in the circumstances. Maxwell also has the same problem and has had for some time. He knows only one way – go out and get runs quickly, but if he needs to bat out an innings as was the case in the third game – he can’t do it.

Is Glenn Maxwell the Big Show or a no-show?

Did you read this article in full? Maxwell has done little or nothing on the batting front to help Australia win games for more than 2 YEARS. I agree in this series others also underperformed but he’s been doing this for way longer than 3 games.

This last series was a pocket sized example of his immense ability to score very few runs quickly and not help his side win games. By international ODI standards, he’s at best mediocre (34th in the world), yet you and others want him to stay. No wonder we can’t win one dayers.

Is Glenn Maxwell the Big Show or a no-show?

His role as a number 7 batsman is simple; he should be collectively managing the innings if another recognized batsman is still there OR he should be managing the innings on his own if he’s the last recognized batsman.

In the first instance, that might mean he takes on the role of a hitter while the other batsman takes a back seat. It might also mean he accumulates for a while and lets the other guy have the bulk of the strike because he’s in and set. In other words there are multiple facets to this role, not just one which is all he’s really done in the past 2 years – of hitting a few quick runs and getting out.

What have I left out of his role, TB?

Is Glenn Maxwell the Big Show or a no-show?

fair call Don, but if he’s fit I still think he’s a goer for the WC. If nothing else we’re going to need some batting depth if our recent efforts in ODI’s in England are anything to go by and Agar down the order could be very handy.

Wade should take back the Australian ODI keeper spot

Gee you set the expectations bar low if you gave Maxwell a 7 out of 10 for his efforts. We lost the series Ben and Maxwell was a major contributor to that, as he has been for the past 17 games he’s played.

Is Glenn Maxwell the Big Show or a no-show?

Ronan, you are completely blinded by numbers and cannot see how these can be harmful to the team. The last game is perfect example of his inability to size up a situation and bat accordingly
Australia had to bat 50 overs and Maxwell came in the 30th and was out in the 35th. Along the way he scored 26 off 19 at the extraordinary strike rate of 136.84. I would rather have seen him bat for the full 50 overs, probably make his second fifty in 17 games at a strike rate of 80 or 90 and help set a competitive total. As it was, he got out, Australia was all out inside 50 overs yet he ended up with nice series figures.

Perhaps I’m expecting too much from a highly paid player who is rated outside the top 30 in ODI cricket world wide. If so, I apologise, but it begs the question, why do we continue to play a guy who’s rating is so low – and that’s a number that doesn’t lie either.

Is Glenn Maxwell the Big Show or a no-show?

Andrew, I was not looking ONLY at this series, I was looking at his past 17 games, when he’s been average to poor given the chances he’s had and the talent he’s got. He’s the 34th ranked ODI batman in world cricket for a reason and that’s because he’s a serial under performer in this form of cricket at international level. If you accept this is as good a rating as his talent deserves, then you’re right and I’m wrong, but I think he should be doing better and simply isn’t.

Is Glenn Maxwell the Big Show or a no-show?

I did not write ONLY about this series, I wrote about a hugely talented player’s inability to use his skills effectively over at least the past 17 games, highlighted by his series performances over the past 2 weeks.

Is Glenn Maxwell the Big Show or a no-show?

sorry but where did I say he has to up the run rate? I said he needs to close out the innings as the last recognized batsman and THAT will depend entirely on the circumstances of the game.

As for your comment about batting 4 or 5, I said in the article IF he was going to keep playing ODI cricket for Australia, he should either open or bat 4, for exactly the reasons you’ve described. My question is whether he’s worth a place in the team as his contribution over his past 17 games have been less than stellar.

Is Glenn Maxwell the Big Show or a no-show?

sorry mate, but where did I say he has to up the run rate?

Is Glenn Maxwell the Big Show or a no-show?

And I have no issue with that approach at all James and in fact thought that was a role Maxwell could take on when I suggested he bats UP the order. He scores quickly if he scores at all and that’s a good thing, but not when we aren’t making runs from 8 down because we don’t have a Woakes or a Curran and haven’t had for some time, which means the role of the last recognized batsman has to change depending on the circumstances of the game.

It’s simply not good enough for him to make 26 off 19 and be out in the 35th over. Again, if this was a one off, that happens in cricket, but he’s consistently underperforming.

Is Glenn Maxwell the Big Show or a no-show?

Look at the task he has to perform. He is the last recognized batsman and should be there at the end, not sitting in the dressing room after making a well compiled 48 off 37 and exposing the tail as happened in the second game, or batting for 5 overs while making 26 off 19 BUT leaving the tail to bat for another 15 overs in the third.

The stats are clear – he can make runs quickly but has passed 50 once in 17 ODI knocks.

Is Glenn Maxwell the Big Show or a no-show?

Apart from the fact that the ICC is kicking off the World Championship next year, your article needs some clarifications;

“How it could work is over a two and a half year period, everyone in tier one played each other home-and-away”. My maths says that’s 10 home and away series for each Test playing nation. So sides like England and Australia, who play 5 Test Ashes series have to fit in two Test series per summer. Given ALL the other cricket played in both our summers, that’s a mighty big ask.

Why are series wins rated the same when “series” can be anything from 2 – 5 Tests?

England goes to India and loses a 3 match series 2-1, with the result in the last Test being a victory to India by one run, yet England get’s no points for their efforts and India gets 3. That hardly seem fair to England?

Why is a 1-0 series win worth the same points as a 5 – nil series win?

Why would there be a play off for world champion when all sides had gone through a process of playing each other, both home and away?

If you’re going to have a Test Championship, the rules around things like DRS, pink ball Tests, etc need to be standardized.

Finally, your example of Adam Voges was probably not needed on the context of the article. It ignores the fact this guy is good enough to be chosen for his country and has the skill, concentration and temperament to make enough runs to earn this average at Test level. Surely it’s not up to us to judge the merits of his efforts, but we should leave that to his peers.

The time for a Test world championship has arrived

Is it a given that Cummins will get the new ball, David? If Richardson plays, I’m sure Paine would be tempted to give it to him. He’s a tad quicker than Cummins and has a reputation for doing a bit with the new ball.

I agree Cummins should be given the chance, but wouldn’t be at all surprised of he was the bridesmaid again

At long last, Pat Cummins will have the new ball again against Sri Lanka

A primary role for any coach is people management. Flanagan had one way of doing things and no doubt Morris will have another, but as long as he maintains complete control over the player group, earns their respect and gets good results, it’s not a matter of nice or not, it’s about how Morris get’s it done. This would be worth revisiting at season’s end.

Is John Morris too nice to coach the Sharks?

TB, this position calls for a player to exercise a lot of judgement about a variety of thins; what score the skipper wants to achieve (assuming the side’s batting first), what’s the current score, number of overs to go, who’s left to bat with, etc. He’s not there to only “hit out at the end and push for big scores”.

As I’ve stated elsewhere, Dhoni gave us all a lesson on how to play this closing role in this series. In each game he summed up the situation, batting accordingly and was still there at the end. Maxwell did not in two innings this series and has been an underperformer or a while.

Is Glenn Maxwell the Big Show or a no-show?

Ben, I’m sure there’s a bunch of articles that could be written about the rest of the side, but I chose to write about one bloke with one role.

He has a huge advantage over the other guys you’ve named because he knows when he comes in he’s the last recognized batsman, he knows how many overs he needs to face and he should have a pretty fair idea what target’s required, assuming he’s batting first. I just don’t think he’s up to that task and as his figures suggest, he’s been underperforming for a while.

Is Glenn Maxwell the Big Show or a no-show?

Insults in a forum where people are encouraged to offer an opinion don’t sit well with me, TB. People are quite capable of making points without being ignorant or rude and that comment was both

Is Glenn Maxwell the Big Show or a no-show?

Agreed Larry, which is why it’s a mistake to appoint a bloke captain then automatically expect him to perform. Far better to chose the team and select a captain

Is Glenn Maxwell the Big Show or a no-show?

I have no issue with anything you’ve written Andrew but that’s not my point. He has a role to play in this team which is to bat through the innings. If the team’s going well and he comes in, he should be able to score quickly. If the team’s doing poorly, he needs to build while he can and score quickly at the death.

Dhoni is the classic number 7 or closer, call him what you like. He has given us 3 master classes on how to fulfill the role that Maxwell’s currently task with. Sure there were a lack of contributions in the Australian batting but that’s a separate issue. The closer needs to be able to sum up a situation and bat accordingly, but most importantly, still be there at the end of the innings.

Is Glenn Maxwell the Big Show or a no-show?

After reading your first sentence, I didn’t bother reading the rest. You need to get a life, matey.

Is Glenn Maxwell the Big Show or a no-show?

Nothing flawed about it. He has a role to play in this team and Langer described him as being the perfect person for that role. My view is is not fulfilling that role which is to bat with the tail and close out games

Is Glenn Maxwell the Big Show or a no-show?