Maxwell learns value of slow show from Warne

Four months on from his international debut and less than a week away from a likely baggy green cap, Glenn Maxwell is no longer in such a hurry. Maxwell was so outwardly ambitious against Pakistan in the UAE in August he was quickly dubbed “The Big Show” by Australian ODI team-mates. But he has since learned vital lessons at the feet of Shane Warne, among others, and the chief of these has been the addition of patience to an otherwise explosive all-round game.

That quality will be vital for Maxwell should he play in Sydney, where he would be more or less on trial ahead of the Test tour of India, where John Inverarity’s selection panel may favour the use of a spin bowling allrounder to augment the pace attack and the teasing off breaks of Nathan Lyon. The SCG pitch has returned somewhat to the slower, spinning days of the past, and Maxwell bowled tidily at the ground for Australia A against the South Africans and Victoria against New South Wales in the Sheffield Shield. Read more
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