Ricky Ponting is all set to join the Australian support staff for their next England tour and head coach Justin Langer is confident that struggling Glenn Maxwell will certainly perk up with former captain's presence here.
Langer has admitted that Maxwell’s poor form is a worry for him ahead of Australia’s One Day International series, starting from 13 June at the Oval in England, but hopes that the all-rounder will bounce back strongly very soon here.
Maxwell, who recently played under Ponting for Delhi Daredevils in the IPL 2018, where he managed a meagre 169 runs in 12 IPL innings at an average of 14, has been continuously struggling to score, dismissed twice in single figures by spinners during the warm-up matches against Sussex and Middlesex.
However, Australia managed to win both warm-ups, thrashing Sussex by 57 runs 7 June and Middlesex by 101 runs at Lord’s on Saturday (9 June).
As per reports in AFP, Langer told reporters after Lord's win, “He is a worry. But that said I have been super impressed with Glenn Maxwell, his preparation has been literally outstanding.”
He further added, “I would be very surprised if he doesn’t get a very big score very soon. There’s been a lot of talk about Glenn Maxwell but I have been incredibly impressed with the way he goes about his business and even the way he has been batting in the nets.”
Langer signed off by saying, “He has just had a couple of months with ‘Punter’ (Ponting) in the IPL, to have the influence of someone like Punter is gold. Punter’ is joining us again tomorrow (Sunday), so if he (Maxwell) keeps preparing well and keeps trusting his preparation it is not far until he becomes an absolute star, I think. He’s got so much talent.”