Shane Watson hopes Glenn Maxwell can fire in World T20

Shane Watson hopes Glenn Maxwell can fire in World T20
Shane Watson will look to make his experience in the IPL count.
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Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has praised his fellow teammate Glenn Maxwell and is hoping that the 27-year-old can fire up their campaign in the ICC World Twenty20 tournament.

Maxwell, who has made a name for himself in the shortest format of the game, has a wide array of shots at his disposal and can also bowl handy off-spin.

In his career, Maxwell has so far played 146 T20 matches and has 2805 runs at a strike-rate of 154.80 including 14 fifties.

Terming Maxwell as a crucial member of the Australian side, Watson feels that the Victorian all-rounder’s ability to hit the ball to any part of the ground will be an asset for the side.

“Glenn Maxwell is a huge player in our team no matter what the conditions are,” Watson told reporters on Wednesday.

“The way he bats, whether the ball is turning or not turning, his array of shots when he gets into his innings is incredible.

“He hits the ball all around the ground, no matter which way the ball is turning he can hit it to all parts of the ground.”

With the ball, Maxwell has taken 51 wickets from 98 innings in his T20 career and with the pitches in India traditionally aiding spin bowlers, he can play an important role for Australia.

Watson is hoping that Maxwell will be able to deliver his best performance in the ongoing ICC World T20 and win games for Australia.

“As a bowling option, if the ball is turning he’s a really good option and he’s got plenty of experience here in the subcontinent playing Twenty20 tournaments.

“Glenn Maxwell, a majority of the time when he comes off in a game he wins the game for the team that he plays in.

“Hopefully he’s got a few games like that in him.”

On March 18th, Australia will take on New Zealand in their tournament opener in Dharamsala as they look to win the only ICC Trophy which is missing from their cabinet.

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