David Warner Hails Glenn Maxwell's Comeback For Australia

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Australia’s stand-in captain David Warner took the reins when the five-One-Day International (ODI) series was levelled 1-1 and since then Warner has helped Australia win every game since then. But Australia stood out in particular in Twenty20 International (T20I) series. They won the first game by 86 runs while won the second by 27 runs. This victory belonged to one man and that was Glenn Maxwell. Warner was happy with his return and he backed his performance. Warner also spoke about the batting unit and mentioned that they have fared much better against spin in the limited-overs series, Warner suggested that didn’t necessarily make them better players of spin in the Test format.  >Full Cricket Scorecard: Sri Lanka vs Australia 2016, 2nd T20I at Colombo

However, he was happy with seamers who fared better in conditions they were not aware about. Speaking to Espncricinfo.com, Warner said, “The ball still spun, and the sell-out crowds bayed for Sri Lanka, but Australia have comfortably won the limited-overs series playing “scrappy cricket”.  I think the guys showed a lot of determination and fight to overcome the conditions, which were very, very challenging and something that we are not very used to.”

He further added, “The Test guys had to make an adjustment to make – from the Test match conditions to the one-day conditions. You saw scrappy cricket during the one-day series, where the highest score was 280 here. And then we were scrapping to get to 200. It was good grinding cricket. It was something that we’re not used to. The encouraging signs mean that we’ve worked really hard to win both series.”

While talking about his bowlers, Warner said, “We knew once the shine got off the ball, the ball was going to spin consistently. In one-day cricket it’s a bit different – you can’t have two in close with slip and a leg slip. It’s just not possible. The reverse sweeps, sitting in the crease to pinch the ones and twos, and rotating the strike, are all much easier in this game than in the Tests, where it was very, very tough for us as a batting team. But the way the bowlers conducted themselves and reduced totals after losing the toss consistently, was a fantastic effort.”

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Maxwell opened the innings for Australia in T20Is and he hit the best innings of the match again, scoring 66 off 29 balls to break the back of the target during the Powerplay. Australia have pretty much found the replacement for the opening slot if Aaron Finch is benched out due to any reason.

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Speaking on Maxwell, “Maxwell is a very good player of spin inside the first six. He can chance his arm. He can reverse sweep and sweep. What he did today and the other day was no fluke. That’s exactly what he can do when given the opportunity. We know with the team we have a structure there, and once Aaron Finch comes back in, he’ll probably have to move down the order and assess what his game plan is again. We’ve seen him do it at the top, we’ve seen him doing it in the middle – there’s no excuse.”

However, Warner was not happy with Khettarama surface and was not at its best, “The wicket probably wasn’t up to scratch in the games. In the last game at Pallekele the wicket was outstanding – I know we played 260, but both teams felt like the wicket was very encouraging. We could hit over the top. There was nice, consistent bounce. Here it was very, very tough.”

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