ICC World T20 2012

Maxwell's confidence bubbles over

Daniel Brettig

September 17, 2012

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Glenn Maxwell scored 24 off 27 balls, Australia v New Zealand, World Twenty20 2012 warm-up, Colombo, September 15, 2012
"Hopefully a hundred is not too far away and it comes in this tournament" © Getty Images
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Glenn Maxwell is headed for a breakout display at the World Twenty20 ... or a sobering brush with reality at the same tournament.

Having turned heads with a handful of spiky performances in his first appearances for Australia during their recent ODI and T20 series in the UAE, Maxwell has arrived in Sri Lanka flushed with confidence ahead of his team's opening match against Ireland on Wednesday.

He has spoken with plenty of brio about the sorts of displays he is capable of producing over the next three weeks, which in his mind will be match-turning efforts of the kind produced by the world's very best. They are bold words from a 23-year-old with six international matches to his credit, and Maxwell will now need to back them up with plenty of action.

"I'm very confident I can perform now at this level. Hopefully I can be that x-factor that Australia needs to win this tournament," Maxwell said in Colombo. "I feel like I can become that x-factor in all three facets of the game and hopefully be that flair that Australia really wants to see.

"That could mean a run out, a brilliant catch, a breakthrough wicket with the ball or big hitting. I'm really embracing that 'x-factor' tag. I don't really have too many doubts, I don't think I'm going to try to back down any time soon either."

Among a series of useful cameos in the UAE, Maxwell said he gained most from an unbeaten half century to guide Australia home in the third ODI in Sharjah. That innings clinched the series for Michael Clarke's team, and gave Maxwell the belief that he could follow it up with even greater things at the World T20.

"When I got the boys over the line at the end, that gave me the confidence to do anything in the squad," he said. "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."

Running his eye over other teams in the tournament, Maxwell said he expected England to shrug off the loss of Kevin Pietersen, the player of the tournament when Paul Collingwood led the team to victory over Australia in the final of the 2010 edition.

"England has been a bit of a powerhouse. KP is one of the world's best players but they've been able to cover for him pretty well," Maxwell said. "I don't think they're going to miss him too much."

"Their middle order is quite strong. Eoin Morgan gives them amazing versatility, he's a great finisher and a really tough player to get out. Their bowling attack is excellent. They've got a great bowling coach in David Saker who has drilled them really well."

Maxwell's words carry as much conviction as some of his strokes have done so far. Australia will hope for more of the same from Wednesday.

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Posted by zenboomerang on (September 19, 2012, 4:59 GMT)

There is no arrogance in Maxwells comments... "Hopefully" becoming an X-factor is what he is wanting to achieve... If any player in the squad doesn't believe they can be a X-factor in this series, then they shouldn't be playing for us... & that goes for all players in all teams... Stand up or get run over - its as simple as that... After all, it is 'hit & giggle' cricket at its best - 2 bad results & you go home...

Posted by zenboomerang on (September 19, 2012, 4:57 GMT)

Lots of knee-jerk comments as expected... Really laughed at some of the Eng supporters comments on Maxwell - especially when he actually said Eng are a powerhouse team with many excellent players... Seems that the 'tall poppy syndrome' has left our shores & now lives in other lands...

Posted by Hammond on (September 19, 2012, 2:31 GMT)

@Meety- I know you can't or won't believe it, but I am 100% dinky di VB in the veins Australian. And no sorry I don't agree that telling everyone you have "the x factor" is mere confidence. Remember the old principal of "the quiet achiever"? A bloke that comes out after a few useless T20 games and tells the world he is ready to kill it in all 3 forms of the game is just a mouth, and when he comes undone against an SG or Dukes ball against blokes that can really play, CA will drop him down to bog average Shield Level, where he can tell all his mates how he was robbed by the selectors.

Posted by Meety on (September 18, 2012, 23:07 GMT)

@OzzyHammond on (September 18 2012, 11:37 AM GMT) - confidence DOES NOT EQUAL arrogance! You would know this IF you were an Ozzy!

Posted by   on (September 18, 2012, 15:56 GMT)

i like this kind of spirit.he has got confidence in himself . so lets see that can he come up with his words

Posted by Hammond on (September 18, 2012, 11:37 GMT)

@Hippianator- I totally disagree, especially when the side is still full of such arrogance. Australia will need years of getting walloped before I would consider going for them again.

Posted by Hammond on (September 18, 2012, 11:32 GMT)

@Meety- pot kettle black mate. And any undeserved (or deserved) cockiness from an Aussie makes my blood boil. We never used to be like that, and it's such a shame to see you a young bloke with a bit of talent like Maxwell opening his trap.

Posted by barto123 on (September 18, 2012, 9:48 GMT)

Im an Aussie but honestly this guy hasnt done anything yet to warant this kind of arrogance. He has only done a handful of appearances. This kind of mental state makes me believe that he may fade into nothing come a couple of years, and he may come to regret his words.

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (September 18, 2012, 8:13 GMT)

Who? never heard of this sheila!

Posted by Meety on (September 18, 2012, 4:29 GMT)

@Biggus on (September 18 2012, 00:23 AM GMT) - I know! I like players not being robots, but do you think he could of waited until after winning the T20 W/Cup & being named player of the tournament?

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