Glenn Maxwell Can Be A Big Threat To SL In Second Test

Glenn Maxwell Can Be A Big Threat To SL In Second Test

Australia toured Pakistan recently for a three-match test series. Currently, they are in Sri Lanka for a two-match test series. The second match begins tomorrow, Australia having won the first comprehensively. From the Pakistan test series till now, Australia didn’t have to do anything fancy. They were not required to do anything outside the box as covering the basics worked well for them. But for the second match, they might be taking a bold decision.

Australia are looking to bring in Glenn Maxwell at No.8 position, replacing Mitchell Starc. On paper, this idea sounds ridiculous. There are multiple reason for it. Firstly, Maxwell has not played test cricket for a long time. Secondly, Starc is a deadly pacer who can trouble the batters everytime he bowls. Lastly, why would any team in the world want Maxwell to bat at No.8? However, Pat Cummins, Australia captain, had a very rational explanation for it. Matches in Sri Lanka for usually low scoring. So, if Maxwell can come in and contribute some quickfire 30-40 runs, it would be invaluable. Also, Sri Lankan tracks assist spinners the most.

Maxwell is well-known for his off-spin ability and his knack to strike wickets when least expected. As for dropping Starc, it makes sense since pacers don’t perform as well in subcontinental pitches as seamers do. Cummins has another seamer to support him in the form of Cameron Green. Also, Cummins’ has the plan to get 15-20 overs out of Maxwell. Overall, Maxwell is being brought in for his all-round ability. It would be quite interesting to see how this brave decision of Cummins turns out.

Maxwell’s All-Round Ability Makes Him A Great Package For Second Test

“We’ve got Greeny there as a high-class quick bowler, Head, Marnus [Labuschagne], so think it makes it a bit easier to know we’ve got plenty of bowling if needed,” Cummins said. “Even Nathan Lyon can lock him in from one end for most of the day. If the wicket plays a lot of tricks, think the batting is the area you have to try and find those extra 20-30 runs somewhere.

Think he [Maxwell] was just about the pick of the bowlers in the one-day series, he was excellent, so the all-round package he brings, but especially the bowling, feel like easily could get 15-20 overs out of him. 

It’s pretty different first-class cricket here to what you might experience in the Sheffield Shield,” he said. “It’s a different pace, the wickets are so different, so the role we’d see him in his bit of bowling, bit of extra batting at No. 8 and taking the game on. Might not be grinding out a hundred, but a quickfire 30 or 40 could be invaluable.”

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.