Melbourne, Feb 4:
Australian opening batsman David Warner Wednesday backed all-rounder Glenn Maxwell to star in the World Cup but wants him to show more patience in his innings.
Power-hitting batsman Maxwell scored 95 runs and took four wickets in last Sunday’s One-Day International (ODI) tri-Series final victory against England.
But Warner said he was disappointed with the Victorian’s dismissal with nine overs remaining in the innings.
“It was great to see him score runs, but we had nine overs to go and he played that kind of shot (to get out) when we already had nine off the over,” Warner was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
“I think he’s starting to learn now that when you have a big over, you can wait. It’s a good learning curve for him. We’ve seen it time and time again in Twenty-over cricket he can take the game away from anyone. It’s great to see him score runs in this form of the game.”
Australia had already scored nine runs off the 41st over before Maxwell swung hard at a Stuart Broad short ball only to send it high for an easy catch by wicketkeeper Jos Buttler.
“I had a little bit of a word to him to say, ‘That there, you should go and have a look at that footage of how you played early on in your innings’,” Warner said.
“There was a couple of drives he missed and he was a bit hesitant, but that’s because he was probably trying to go a little bit too hard. But he’s learning and he’s really getting it.” IANS