Maxwell wants the ODI team to be more aggressive. Picture. Phil Hillyard
Maxwell wants the ODI team to be more aggressive. Picture. Phil Hillyard

Maxi slams Australia’s ‘outdated’ ODI tactics

GLENN Maxwell says Australia's batting tactics are outdated in the one-day arena and urged players get "tougher" in the hunt for boundaries.

Maxwell, 28, was dropped from the ODI squad and Australia has slumped to 0-3 in the five-match series against England in his absence.

The destructive batsman said the pain of the snub had been further soured by Melbourne Stars' wooden-spoon season.

But Maxwell is in career-best form and posted his highest ever Big Bash score (84 off 47 balls) on Tuesday, despite battling conjunctivitis and injuries to both sides of his neck.

Australian coach Darren Lehmann watched Maxwell slash seven fours and four sixes from the SCG commentary box.

"I did see him (Lehmann) before," Maxwell said. "I said hello, and that was it."

No Australian hit that many fours or sixes at the SCG in Sunday's loss to England.

The electrifying allrounder said England was playing the "new brand of one-day cricket" with Australia's World Cup defence just 18 months away.

"(England) go as hard as you can for 15 or 16 overs (and then) chill out for 10 - but that's still going at six or seven per over," Maxwell said.

"There's no chill out time for them. Whereas the Australian one-day team, over a period of time, our chill-out time has been 4.5-5 (runs) an over and just making sure we conserve wickets.

"These days you can't afford to do it. You've got to be a little bit tougher and a little bit more boundary conscious."

Maxwell wants the ODI team to be more aggressive. (Matt King/Getty Images)
Maxwell wants the ODI team to be more aggressive. (Matt King/Getty Images)

Maxwell said nudging singles wasn't going to cut it in an ODI.

Australia plays dead rubbers against England in Adelaide on Friday and Perth on Sunday before the Twenty20 tri-series, which Maxwell was selected for.

"I feel like I've changed a little bit. I'm able to work my way through situations instead of going and blasting it," Maxwell said.

"I feel confident about my game at the moment. I'm hitting the ball well, I'm working my way through situations a lot better and I'm picking my areas a lot smarter."

Maxwell said selectors dropped him without the chance to show off his improved temperament in India last year.

"First game turned out to be a T20 (due to rain) and I came in when we needed 13 per over," Maxwell said.

"And the game before I got dropped I got sent in with six overs to go."

Maxwell picked up the eye condition from teammate Bobby Quiney's young daughter in the Olsen Hotel lobby.

"I got it on Saturday morning and it's made it hard to see," Maxwell said.

"At times I had to pull away - trying to refocus after blinking is difficult. I hurt my neck at training, and I hurt the other side when I went to the switch-hit.

"So I hurt it slogging right-handed, and then I hurt it slogging left-handed. I did both sides of my neck."

But with Kevin Pietersen (back) withdrawing, Maxwell was promoted to No.3 and soldiered on to post three half-centuries in a BBL season for the first time.


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