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Not many better players than Glenn Maxwell - Aaron Finch

Not many better players than Glenn Maxwell - Aaron Finch
Glenn Maxwell during nets at Old Trafford ahead of the third ODI.
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Australian Twenty20 International captain Aaron Finch reckons that there are few players who can match Glenn Maxwell's abilities when he gets going.

With an incredible range of shots in his armoury, Maxwell has been an exciting find for Australia, but he has been guilty of sometimes overcomplicating the game.

Finch feels that with an such an extensive range of strokes at his disposal, Maxwell can sometimes be confused about picking the right shot.

“He's a player who has so many options that sometimes he's got too many options," Finch said.

“He doesn't know which one to choose at times.” 

From 52 One-Day Internationals, Maxwell has 1,433 runs at an average of 34.11 with one hundred and 11 fifties under his belt.

Maxwell’s maiden ODI hundred came in a blinder of a knock against Sri Lanka in the 2015 World Cup, which saw him take just 51 deliveries to reach three figures.

Finch believes that when Maxwell decides to play in an orthodox manner, he can be extremely effective as a batsman.

To drive home this point, Finch cited Maxwell’s patient innings in the lone Twenty20 International against England in Cardiff last month.

“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.

“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.”

In the second ODI of the ongoing series at Lord’s, Maxwell once again dialled down his aggressive approach to score 49 runs off 38 balls contributing to an important partnership with Shane Watson.

While terming Maxwell as a match-winner, Finch felt that the 26-year-old needs to give himself a chance to get some runs under his belt.

“I think it is about learning and he's copped his fair share of criticism over the time, and a lot of it was a bit unwarranted.

“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.”

In 2015, Maxwell averages 45.16 with the bat and 28.18 with the ball, both figures showing a substantial improvement on his career averages.

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