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Glenn Maxwell to target spinners in must-win clash against India

Glenn Maxwell to target spinners in must-win clash against India
Maxwell has admitted that Australia’s application against spin bowling has not been up to the mark
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Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has stated that his team will look to target the Indian spinners and play positive cricket in their must-win encounter against the hosts in the ICC World Twenty20 tournament.

Both India and Australia are on four points currently and with Bangladesh and Pakistan already out of the tournament, the contest on Sunday is a virtual quarter-final for both the teams.

Co-incidentally, India and Australia have managed to beat both Bangladesh and Pakistan while they were unable to defeat New Zealand in the Super 10 stage.

While admitting that Australia’s application against spin bowling has not been up to the mark, Maxwell said that by negating India’s spinners, the team will be in a strong position to push for a victory.

"I know it's been pretty well written about our play of spin, but if we negate their spinners and still be quite aggressive against them and find a way, I'm sure we'll be fine and (that will) go a long way to winning us the game," Maxwell told cricket.com.au following the win over Pakistan.

"The key to playing spin is being positive so hopefully we can do that.”

Drawing comparisons to Australia’s campaign in the 2015 Cricket World Cup, Maxwell is confident that Australia can face the must-win situations and win the elusive global twenty20 trophy.

“It's like a quarter-final. It's a similar position to the one we were in last year – we had to win the last three games to win the World Cup.

"It's a good position to be in. We like to put the pressure on ourselves in these positions where we have to win. I think it's something that we thrive on.

"We're lucky enough to play on this ground (in Mohali) again.

“It's a ground that probably suits us more than a few others in India – it's bigger, the wicket is nice and true, it bounces nice for us and hopefully it can make for a good spectacle in a couple of days."

India and Australia will face each other on Sunday, the 27th of March in Mohali where Australia have beaten the hosts three out of the four One-Day Internationals that they played at the venue.

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