Australia coach Mickey Arthur spoke of the need to have x-factor players at the World Twenty20 and all-rounder Glenn Maxwell is hoping he can fulfil that need, according to ESPNCricinfo.
Having performed ably in a few appearances in the UAE against Pakistan, the right-hander is focused at the task in hand.
“I’m very confident I can perform at this level now,” said Maxwell. “Hopefully I can be that x-factor that Australia need to win this tournament. I feel like I can become that in all three facets of the game and hopefully be that flair that Australia really want to see. I’m really embracing that ‘x-factor’ tag.”
Maxwell’s ability with the bat came more than handy in the final One-Day International against Pakistan — his unbeaten 56 leading his team to what was a comfortable win in the end that also enabled them to win the three-match series 2-1.
“When I got the boys over the line, it gave me the confidence to do anything. I feel like I can give Australia more runs at the top of the order rather than the bottom. Hopefully a hundred is not too far away and it comes in this tournament.”
Published in The Express Tribune, September 18th, 2012.
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