Australia is still probing for the right equilibrium to their one-day squad going into the World Cup and players who will robust the system once David Warner and Steve Smith revisit. They might also be looking at captaincy options as Aaron Finch struggled to score a run in the summer and the hovering duo might not be handed leadership roles as soon as they return.
Mitchell Johnson, the former Australian leader, propose Glenn Maxwell would fit the bill of captain and that will also help him established as a batsman. “My decision to pick Glenn Maxwell as captain might lift up eyebrows,” Johnson wrote for Perth Now.
Glenn Maxwell is at this time the captain of his Big Bash franchise Melbourne Stars and has also led teams in the Indian Premier League with Johnson in the side. So he has the skill and the game sense according to the 37-year-old.
“He might not be your distinctive first-choice captain, though clearly, Melbourne Stars have seen something in Maxwell. Leadership has helped to settle him and bring the best out of him.
“I think we need our sportsmen to have a certain occurrence and have the confidence to give their opinion in a team environment and he absolutely does that. More importantly, Maxwell is a cricket dreadful who loves the game and thinks deeply about it.”
“I spent a lot of time with Glenn Maxwell in the IPL at both Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab and he was always very oral in team meetings… particularly with planning such as fielding positions for specific players. He knows opposition players very well and he doesn’t forget much.
“He reads the game well and that’s necessary for a captain. Maxwell is not a leader who will just let things roll on, either. He thinks outside the square.”
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