Star Australian batsman Glen Maxwell says he could not help but experience a sense of freedom during as well as following the deliverance of his match-winning century during the final ODI between Australia and host squad England. And his was a sense of freedom had from having been able to bat with his own natural style intact.
Maxwell’s record-breaking 212-run partnership alongside wicketkeeper Alex Carey ultimately resulted in the highest sixth-wicket alliance in the history of one-day internationals. Alex Carey, incidentally, also earned his very first ODI century during the same match.
The record-breaking batsman also told of how he had bargained on a mixed-up bowling strategy from England the minute he started getting “into the innings”. The hope was to then cash in on a couple of loose balls, said Maxwell, which is of course exactly what he ended up doing.
But more than anything, conceded Maxwell, his had been an approach based on a “hit or bust”, all or nothing-sort of mentality. Knowing that Australia literally needed a miracle heading into the match, the Victorian said he realised right from the start that do-or-die would have to be applied if the Australian side was going to have any hopes of emerging victorious on the other side of the game.
But it’s not as if Glen Maxwell would have been all together surprised at the result – his has always been a scenario of playing his best game only when the heat gets full-blast turned on.
Still – said Maxwell – winning a game after coming from behind was really pleasing.
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