Glenn Maxwell is one of the key players of Australia who can change the game single-handedly – be it batting or bowling. Though he is known for his big-hitting, his off-spin can also trouble the opponents in the upcoming World Cup which is scheduled to begin from May 30 in England. He even got to finish his 10-over spell in the recent tours of India and the UAE.
“That’s probably the clarity I have with my role,” Maxwell said to the reporters while asking about his role as a bowler. “It’s something I did a little in Dubai and India, I started to get a few more overs and get that consistency. To have that continue into my time at Lancashire where I got plenty of time at the bowling crease, you get that rhythm and feel of the ball coming out consistently. You need that as a part-time bowler to have that consistency and time at the crease. Just get the cobwebs out a bit,” he added.
Maxwell, however, became the third-most economical bowler in the 10 games against India and Pakistan which they have recently played.
“A lot of the time I bowl I just try and limit boundary balls. If they (batsmen) hit good shots off my bowling then I’m not too fazed. But if I’m limiting boundary balls and giving myself the best chance to squeeze a few dot balls and some tight overs it might create some pressure at the other end,” he expressed.
However, he added that he is needed a partner as well.
“I think it’s important for me to bowl in a partnership with someone.”
Maxwell didn’t feature in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) to play a full season of English county cricket as he thought that would help him to get selected in the Test side as well.
“It was quite a big decision (missing IPL). But in the long run, I would rather be a two-time World Cup winning player than a rich player without it,” he said. “If everything does go well and I do perform well in this, you never know, there might be more cricket in the end.”
Australia will begin their World Cup campaign against Afghanistan on June 1 in County Ground, Bristol.