All-rounder Glenn Maxwell has offered a brutally honest assessment of his side's performance in the second One-Day International against Sri Lanka in Adelaide.
"Obviously we were pretty dissapointed, we failed on all three accounts," Maxwell said. "Batting, bowling and fielding wasn't good enough or up to standard. We know that and we'll try to bounce back quickly in this game, turn around, and get this series lead again."
An inexperienced Australia side - missing Michael Clarke, David Warner and Shane Watson - was unable to adapt quickly enough to testing conditions.
"The wicket played into their hands a fair bit and they bowled really well, Angelo Mathews especially," Maxwell admitted. "On a flat wicket he's generally fairly good to face on that wicket he was unplayable. They played the conditions a lot better than we did, and we didn't adjust the whole way through, that's something we have to do in the next two games."
Brisbane hosts the next game in the series on Friday (18th January) before the two sides head to Sydney for Sunday's match. bet365 make Australia 4/9 to win the third ODI in Brisbane and have Maxwell as a 16/1 chance to be named as the man of the match and as expected, the selectors have brought back as many experienced players as they could, and Maxwell hopes they can make the difference.
"We have got the three big guys back - Warner, Wade and Clarke. It's good to have those guys back in the team, (so there are) no excuses."
In his six One-Day Internationals to date, Maxwell has scored 137 runs including one unbeaten half-century but is yet to take a wicket, and he agrees with the assessment that for the timebeing, he is a batsman who bowls a bit rather than a complete all-rounder.
"At the moment I think that's pretty correct, I'm a batsman who bowls. I need to do a lot more work until I'm getting eight to 10 overs a game. That's just going to come through oppotunity and taking the chance when I get it. Hopefully in the next few games those oppotunities do present themselves and I can grab them with both hands.
"Every game you play for Australia you know there is pressure to perform. I still remember my first game only five months ago. You know you may only get one or two chances to play for Australia so you have to take it with both hands and make the most of it, all the players know that coming to every game."
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