Ricky Ponting, the former great and part of the Australian coaching group for the ongoing ODI series against England, has come out and expressed that he expects more from the swashbuckling Glenn Maxwell after his substantial contribution of 62 in the first match at the Oval.
Maxwell played a fine hand with wickets falling around him in Australia's modest total of 214. It eventually didn't pay off, as Maxwell saw his team lose the match by 3 wickets but has inflicted confidence in Ponting, who wants to see such performances from the right-hander consistently.
Ponting was quoted saying ahead of the second ODI as, "I think I understand Glenn very well, He doesn't have to prove it to anybody. He's just got to work out the best way for him to play. He is at his best when the team is in trouble. When he goes out at 3-250, that is when he makes silly mistakes"
"When we were in some trouble (at The Oval), he played a good knock. Well done to Glenn, but I am sure he will be analysing his own innings and thinking he could have done a bit better. To be bowled out with three overs to go, if he was there at the end, he could have had a hundred and it's 270 and a different game."
Ponting, who is clearly disappointed with the showing in the first match, said that the players need to take a good hard look at themselves and turn up for the second ODI.
He said, "These players need to be hard on themselves and work out how they can improve on a daily basis, At The Oval, it highlighted again the importance of our top-order batsman getting some big runs"
"Someone needs to put their hand up and say I am going to do what the team needs me to do. But what I have seen from training, certainly batting-wise, it was outstanding. There is enough talent to push on and win some games."
(Inputs from Cricket.com.au)