Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has opened up about being the ‘specialist spinner’ in the 2023 World Cup squad. The veteran also stated that he accepted the fact and recalled being the No. 1 spinner when Australia won the trophy on home soil in 2015 as well. However, Maxwell’s status as Australia’s second spinner received a huge boost after claiming four wickets, including that of Virat Kohli, in the third ODI against India in Rajkot as well.
Speaking to cricket.com.au, Glenn Maxwell said, “I think I was the No.1 spinner in 2015 when we won it. So, I’ve been bumped back to No.2. Obviously, different conditions, the ball’s coming out really well. I haven’t worked on anything specific. I’ve got a real clarity with the way it’s coming out of my hand. It was probably a little different in the last couple of overs the other night where I was basically putting five fingers on the ball, hoping to go down there and one bounce and not throw it over the batter’s head.”
However, Australia will face a crunch match against a strong Proteas after their batting crumbled in Chennai. With the Lucknow surface expected to be another turner, Australia to try bounce back as well. And, Maxwell gave the hint that chasing scores could be a challenge in Lucknow as well but he also added that Australia are ready for any conditions coming their way.
“It’s a bit of an unknown here, think they’ve ripped up the whole ground and started again after the IPL. India also had a T20 here where they struggled to chase down, I think, 99 against the Kiwis earlier in the year. With that in mind, I think it will be a fresh start for the whole ground, turn up on the day and see how it looks.”We are prepared for whatever conditions come our way over the next few games. Suppose we are lucky to be in Lucknow for two games in a row, [so we] can have a look at these conditions,” Glenn Maxwell concluded.