Glenn Maxwell has come in to the Border-Gavaskar trophy as a last minute replacement but he has caught the bull by its horns and cemented his spot on the back of a seamless ton at Ranchi in the first innings. So going by form Glenn Maxwell is a certainty come Dharamshala decider, but it seems Michael Clarke has put the Kings XI Punjab captain Maxwell’s career in jeopardy by saying that, Australia will not prefer to play him in the future. This must have been a chest blow for Maxwell, who must otherwise be on a high after his ton at Ranchi.
‘Michael Clarke said if Steve Smith continued to neglect Glenn Maxwell’s off-spins, then the all-rounder’s spot could be in a spot of bother. This series has already seen enough of toxity and one would be hoping all ends quickly. From brain fade to the DRS episode and then the animated Ishant to chitter-chatter in the centre, it has been a blockbuster series with the climax still beckoning.
Speaking over Facebook, he said, “Will they want the fourth fast-bowling option as the allrounder, or will they stay with Glenn Maxwell? Especially if Steve Smith is not bowling Maxi, then he becomes a legitimate batsman so he’s got to be making a lot of runs to stay in the team.” and added, “Conditions will dictate which way they go when they get back to Australia.”
Adding further, he said, Clarke went on to say, “And I think this current Australian team likes to have an allrounder so I think when they get back from India (to Australia), I think they’ll go back to three fast bowlers, an allrounder at No.6 with the one spinner in Nathan Lyon.”
He ended the chat by saying, “If he can continue to do that for his first 20 runs (in all formats) I think he’s going to turn out to be an amazing player”, Clarke said before signing off.