Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has announced his IPL return in style after thrashing Mumbai Indians bowlers and helped his team Royal Challengers Bangalore to secure a marginal victory in the curtain raiser of IPL 2021. In the match, Maxwell smashed a quickfire 39 off 28 balls, including three fours and two maximums to take RCB close to the target. Read more - IPL 2021: KKR vs MI Dream 11 Prediction | Match 5 Preview
Maxwell is always known for his reverse sweeps and he has proven time and again that no one reverse sweeps the ball better than him in the sport. From taking on fast bowlers to world-class spinners, Maxwell has deceived every bowler with his batting talent.
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However, he wasn't quite up to the mark last season, when he was bought by Kings XI Punjab. Maxwell scored only 108 runs across 13 appearances throughout the tournament, without even hitting a single six. This year, his fortunes seems to have changed as Maxwell hit two sixes in the opening match for RCB.
Recently, the swashbuckling all-rounder posted a poll on his official Instagram account, where he asked his fans whether he should stick to playing reverse sweep only or whether he should play the conventional sweep. He kept two interesting options, viz. 'yes, you can't sweep' and 'No, Block it instead'. Moreover, he also added a pitcure of him playing the conventional sweep and said that it looked quite uncomfortable.
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Maxwell doesn't need to play domestic cricket to make a comeback in Tests: Victoria coach Chris Rogers
Australia's domestic team Victoria's head coach Chris Rogers, who has represented the nation for 25 Tests since 2008, has revealed that Glenn Maxwell doesn't need to play domestic cricket to make a comeback in the Test side. Read more - If you say anything about Virat Kohli, you get hounded by social media: Pat Cummins
Maxwell is an important part of Australia's limited overs side and has done pretty well in those two formats for a long time and with World Cups scheduled for the next three years, Australia will require Maxwell at his fiery best.
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However, Rogers is optismistic that Maxwell might make a comeback in the national Test side and he doesn't need to prove himself in Sheffield Sheild for that. While talking to the reporters, the head coach spoke about Maxwell and his experience in India.
“I’d like to think he’ll be a Victorian cricket player, for sure. As for the Australian side, having conversations with selectors, whether they pick him out of a Shield competition most likely for a series in India of whatever I’m not sure that’s necessarily required, it’ll definitely be horses for courses there," Chris said.
“You’re not facing these conditions in Australia, so you’re probably not learning a whole lot off Sheffield Shield cricket in Australia. Not really getting a gauge on what guys are going to be like under that sort of pressure with the ball spinning square, keeping low, bouncing over your head," he added.
“It’s just a different beast completely, so to be able to pick a Test side based on Sheffield Shield cricket it’s probably a little bit more difficult, I think you’ve got to go in with a lot more specialists, who can adapt to spinning conditions and find a way to score in those conditions as well,” Rogers further said.