Glenn Maxwell’s on-field performances, not personality clashes in dressing rooms, is the only concern for national Twenty20 selector Mark Waugh, who says selectors have been at the 29-year-old to play leading roles in victories.
Maxwell did just that on Wednesday against England, thumping an unbeaten ton after snaring three key wickets in his two-over spell but lingering is the perception that there is conflict between Maxwell and his Australian team-mates, including one-day captain Steve Smith.
“We’ve all got different personalities and different ways of approaching our games,” Waugh told Sky Sports Radio. “Once you get out on that field, that’s all I’m worried about.”
Waugh says the Victorian has set himself the standard of being the matchwinner and is quite capable of achieving that on a regular basis. “Moving forward that’s what we’re hoping for from Maxxy,” he said.
With recent unbeaten totals of 103 and 40, Maxwell is among the world’s leading T20 international run scorers over the past two years. But he has only played four of Australia’s past 10 one-day matches and, despite averaging 74 in Sheffield Shield, was left out of the entire Ashes Test series.
Meanwhile, David Warner’s run of outs has Waugh concerned but not alarmed. The Twenty20 skipper made 10 runs in his past two innings, after making just 73 in the five-match one-day series.
“Last night, he was unlucky,” Waugh said. “He’s that sort of player. He’ll look out of touch and then bang he’ll hit a couple out of the middle and he’s off and running again.”