“I want to make consistent good scores — over 50, getting to 100, being not-out at the end — that’s something I glazed over a lot early in my career. I got flashy scores, but got out before the job was done.” “The (T20) World Cup was the most disappointing, to get four starts and not go on with it. I batted well, but didn’t solidify my position in any team whatsoever, so left myself open for criticism in the West Indies and was duly dropped.” Is he treated unfairly? “People wouldn’t write about you if they thought you were rubbish,” Maxwell said.
“I think you cop it because people expect better of you. It’s almost a backhanded compliment in a way.
“And I don’t think (criticism) is going to stop at any stage, whether it be what you have for breakfast or how you play a cover drive.
“People still talk about Steve Smith’s technique and he averages 60 in Test cricket.”
The Maxwell news again last week.
As he slashed Hobart Hurricanes to shreds, punching the winning runs to finish 59 not out off 29 balls, Ricky Ponting called for him to be included the squad for the Test tour of India next month.
Before Christmas, Maxwell took out his baggy green.
“My housemate hadn’t seen, so I showed her,” he said. “She didn’t really understand why it was special. But that’s something I think about a lot. That’s why I got it out and had a look at it. I was almost pinching myself that I had one.
“I know how lucky I am. It’s such a prestigious reward for being picked as one of the best 11 players in the country.”
The noises from the national camp aren’t great — Ashton Agar was preferred for the Sydney Test squad — but Maxwell has a changed mindset and has tweaked his batting and bowling techniques.
“Making consistently good scores “I think you cop it because people expect better of you. It’s almost a backhanded compliment in a way. People wouldn’t write about you if they thought you were rubbish.” cycle spun “It was a stupid slip of the tongue and I absolutely meant no harm to him. It was quite painful. He was very disappointed with the way that it came out, but we’ll move on.”
Glenn Maxwell hard at work in the nets before tonight’s Big Bash League derby at the MCG and (bottom right) wearing his cherished baggy green cap during the most recent of his three Test matches, against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi in November, 2014. Main pictures: WAYNELUDBEY
“I was really angry at myself for almost treating it like a conversation at the bar and not a media interview. You’ve got to be so careful with what you say and it was just a careless thing, and I paid the ultimate price.”