Big-hitting Australian batsman Glenn Maxwell has said that England are playing a terrific brand of limited overs cricket and Australia "didn’t really have any answers" to their arch-rivals during the recently concluded limited overs series in England.
Australia, bereft of its five key players - Steve Smith, David Warner, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins - went for a winter tour of 5 ODIs and 1 T20I and came back without winning a single game on the tour, as their soft underbelly as a white ball side got brutally exposed against the rampaging English side, which is currently the no.1 ranked ODI side in the world.
Maxwell, without making any excuses for the embarrassing result, told SEN on Tuesday, July 24, “It was pretty brutal, It was probably the equivalent of watching St Kilda footy club when we were struggling for a few years, where every time we went on the field it was like ‘how are we going to stop the bleeding'. we didn’t really have any answers. Unfortunately, once we came up against the world number one side in one-day cricket, we just got pantsed,"
Maxwell now wants Australia to move forward and be extremely determined to get their World Cup preparations in order with the game's most marquee event less than a year away.
He said, “We play our next one-day series against South Africa in Australia and it’ll be interesting to see the sort of side that lines up for that one because there was obviously a fair chunk of us that didn’t perform up to standard, and that’s going to need to change pretty quickly,”
Maxwell also said that the new head coach Justin Langer has been very good around the group and is a hard taskmaster.
“He’s not going to take mediocre performances, that’s for sure. We were quite poor, I suppose, in England against the world number one side. There are probably going to be some changes over the next few months.”
(Inputs from perthnow.com.au)