Australia Can Bring T20 Form Into ODI: Maxwell Hopeful

Glenn Maxwell, In-form batsman hopes Australia can take the momentum from its Twenty20 victory in India in the 50s format when it comes to expanding this year’s World Cup in England.

Maxwell was Australia’s first player to have scored three T20s on Wednesday, while the winner was unbeaten in 55 wins in 113 wins over Virat Kohli’s side in Bengaluru.

The 2-0 victory in the series was Australia’s first victory in the series, which was limited since February last year in a row, when captain David Warner led the team to a T20 title in the Tri Series in New Zealand.

“We have not had much success in the last nine to ten months,” said Maxwell, who also scored an important half century in his first victory in Visakhapatnam on Sunday.

“It’s a difficult place to come, there are other conditions than at home. “Winning the momentum is a really good momentum, so if we can move on to a World Cup, that will only help us.”

Australia and India start a five-stage ODI series in Hyderabad on Saturday. Both teams are keen to refine their plans for the World Cup from May 30 to July 14.

Maxwell, one of Australia’s best players during the 2015 World Cup in their own country, had an inconsistent form in the 50-overs game last year and placed seventh in the domestic league against India in the latest ODI series.

In number four of the T20s, Maxwell made his usual extravaganza in the Bangalore innings after rushing the heels of the series opener.

“Actually, I was pretty quiet for the most part,” he said.

“The good news was that I did not feel I was taking too many ridiculous risks, I had a really good reading of the game.”

Australia, once the # 1 daytime cricket, has dropped to sixth in the world rankings and lost its last six consecutive ODI series after staying home against Pakistan in January 2017.

“We’ve been on a journey for the past 10 to 11 months to prepare for a World Cup, and there was a bit of pain during that time,” said Aaron Finch’s limited captain.

“We have taken quite a few hits on our way, but as long as we improve and reach the top at the right time, all you can ask is.”

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