Melbourne: Australian limited overs opening batsman Aaron Finch says his Australia teammate and former housemate Glenn Maxwell is one of the best batsman on the planet when he goes into attack mode.
Maxwell is Australia’s top-ranked One-Day International (ODI) batsman and only few willowers in the world can rival Maxwell's repertoire of shots, ranging from conventional cover dives and leg glances to outrageous reverse-sweeps, ramps and switch hits.
The unorthodox stroke play has polarised the public's opinion about his utility who struggle to understand Maxwell’s philosophy towards batting. But Finch supports the way Maxwell goes about his business.
“When you've got a guy who is as damaging and can win a game by himself ... when he does give himself a chance to score, there's not too many better players in the world,” Finch was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au on Tuesday.
“He's a player who has so many options that sometimes he's got too many options, he doesn't know which one to choose at times. When you have a player as skillful and as talented as Glenn, sometimes it is the basic stuff that is forgotten at times, and how good he is when he decides to play in a conventional way.”
So far on the ongoing tour against England, the 26-year-old has so far played only one of his trademark reverse-sweeps this series, a shot that went for four in his knock of 49 in Australia’s controversial 64-run win at Lord’s on Saturday.
Maxwell was even more conventional in his knock of 44 in the one-off T20 international in Cardiff, refusing to play an outlandish stroke during his innings.
“The Twenty20 innings he played in Cardiff was a pretty classical innings. He got out at the wrong time but up until then he played an unbelievable knock and going into the first game he played beautifully again.”