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?

Posted by phoenixsteve on (September 18, 2012, 0:53 GMT)

The only way Maxwell is going to able to show the X factor is if he can sing! Maybe he'll regale Simon Cowell with a stunning rendition of Waltzing Matilda? He's probably practising a Freddie Mercury type performance of "we are the Champions" though! Whatever.... a few deluded souls are bound to surface in this World cup! COME ON ENGLAND!!!

Posted by Hippiantor on (September 18, 2012, 0:34 GMT)

@Hammond It's actually un-Australian to support the Poms!

Posted by Biggus on (September 18, 2012, 0:23 GMT)

Proclamations like this make oldies like me cringe but what the hell, he's young and brash, just like I was at that age, and I can't help but feel the writer has left him out to dry a bit with the way the article is presented.

Posted by Meety on (September 17, 2012, 23:54 GMT)

@OzzyHammond on (September 17 2012, 12:55 PM GMT) - "...My old man always told me to use my bat not my mouth..." - obviously does NOT apply to typing on a keyboard hey!

Posted by pommyadders on (September 17, 2012, 22:23 GMT)

This article highlights exactly what is wrong with Australian cricket at the moment. They have a new generation of players coming through who seem to think just because they are now playing for Australia, they are world class players like some of the greats that came before them. Remember the rubbish Warner was saying before the England tour about targeting Swann?? Did he even last long enough to face Swann in the series??? It is a very worrying attitude to have, if they already think they are that good how hard are they working to get there??? I say these new players need to keep their traps shut until they are in a position to mouth off. McGrath could could get away with saying this stuff because a) he'd earn't the right to and b) he could back it up with performances. Mickey Arthur needs to stamp down on this quick smart IMO.

Posted by landl47 on (September 17, 2012, 20:43 GMT)

I wondered what had happened to Kevin Pietersen- now I know. He's changed his name to Glenn Maxwell.

Posted by 777aditya on (September 17, 2012, 15:30 GMT)

Yeah right, Maxwell - you may well be the 'EX-FACTOR' if your performance does not match your words in this series!

Posted by emmersonne on (September 17, 2012, 15:16 GMT)

Having watched him live for Hampshire this year, I wouldn't be surprised to see this match-winning century materialise. He really did seem something special at times.

Posted by Hammond on (September 17, 2012, 12:55 GMT)

More hubris. At one stage us Aussies used to shout down such arrogance. It's shameful the kind of sportsmen we are producing these days. Bill Woodfull would be turning in his grave. My old man always told me to use my bat not my mouth. The fathers of these young blokes must be telling them something completely different. And also completely un-Australian.

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (September 17, 2012, 11:25 GMT)

@dashgar Yes he is talented,but not so humble..look at his words 'a hundred is around the corner in this tournament'..that too in T20 cricket where he bats in the middle order...what an overconfident person?

Posted by   on (September 17, 2012, 10:15 GMT)

u can'n do any things in crickt bcz just 1 ball u bexome hero,,, U have ejust control ursely and perform for team,

Posted by shadow_bunga on (September 17, 2012, 9:32 GMT)

One of the most arrogant and selfish cricketers I have ever played against. But can not question his ability.

Posted by Dashgar on (September 17, 2012, 9:23 GMT)

@Rajesh, it's ok to be confident when you're as good as Ponting. From what we've seen of Maxwell he has a lot of ability to be confident of. Why stifle the style of a flamboyant player. Not everyone can or should be Dravid.

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (September 17, 2012, 8:46 GMT)

Seems like PONTING thought him something.....same arrogant,over confidence attitude....learn from your captain BAILEY who is such a nice person...

Posted by smudgeon on (September 17, 2012, 8:26 GMT)

Confident, isn't he? If he can back up that talk with performances, even better. I think kitten is on the money, though - tongue firmly in cheek with these comments. Still, he strikes me as a player with a lot of self belief. Time will tell, it'll be interesting to see what he does in this tournament.

Posted by   on (September 17, 2012, 8:11 GMT)

he is dangerous for sure....and maybe right about being the X_factor.....but crickets played with bat and ball...leave the talking to the comentators :)

Posted by   on (September 17, 2012, 8:01 GMT)

ACTION SPEAKS LOUDER THAT WORDS, he should prove his words within ground......... early days

Posted by reddawn1975 on (September 17, 2012, 7:54 GMT)

Yeah i agree with ajayaldo i am 100% dinky die Aussie fan from QLD and Tasmania i think Maxwell should really keep his thoughts on how awsome he thinks he is to him self i hope he turns out to be a great player but you have to work for that.Stay quiet Maxwell and play the game and make your mark there not in the media

Posted by SpartaArmy on (September 17, 2012, 7:26 GMT)

"Hundred is not too far away" - Wow!! is he from future or has Oracle spoke to him??

Posted by nthuq on (September 17, 2012, 7:22 GMT)

Aaaaand he didn't fire in the England game. Seems both of Australia and England's X-factor players didn't fire. Congrats to England, but the real contest begins here. Maxwell isn't going to fire every day, but I hope he does in a crunch match.

Posted by Heisenburg on (September 17, 2012, 7:19 GMT)

Mr X Factor flopped it, how could we lose against the likes of broad and Bresnan.

Posted by   on (September 17, 2012, 7:18 GMT)

Ha ha... Hey Kid, First perform and then talk.... This guy has contacted Sresanth i guess.... Perform in 3 to 4 series and then talk such things... X-Factor for Ausies is Mke Hussey...

Posted by   on (September 17, 2012, 7:16 GMT)

Over cnfidence can be a matter for you young man..Please learn from Awasome Chris Gyle...No confidence at all in press conferences.....

Posted by kitten on (September 17, 2012, 7:03 GMT)

This is the first time I've heard a youngster boasting about what he is going to do. But, it is more 'tongue in cheek' from what I can see. He is just having some fun at the media's expense, and I am sure all the Aussies are having a good laugh. I had one as well when I read his comments. But jokes aside, when the actual WC starts, I sincerely hope he performs well, and I am sure he will, not as well as he says he will, but nevertheless well. Good luck young man, show us what you've got.

Posted by anver777 on (September 17, 2012, 7:02 GMT)

Aus's expectations are high for this lad................... Maxwell must perform to the MAXXXX !!!!!! I strongly believe there's no clear favorite for the title this time !!!!

Posted by veerakannadiga on (September 17, 2012, 6:32 GMT)

Good luck Maxwell. A dominant Australia is very essential for world cricket.

Posted by RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on (September 17, 2012, 5:41 GMT)

mentioning david saker in this piece was irrelevant speaking from maxwell

Posted by   on (September 17, 2012, 5:26 GMT)

Wow... looks like the kid has been spending too much time with Sreesanth and such.

Posted by sony_sr on (September 17, 2012, 4:56 GMT)

Hmmm! That is some confidence! Lets see if he can show the same confidence in ground.

Posted by KEVINSL on (September 17, 2012, 4:43 GMT)

stop your own trumpet please..

Posted by Meety on (September 17, 2012, 4:41 GMT)

@Heisenburg on (September 17 2012, 03:16 AM GMT) - gee, he really is coming off quite cocky here! Hopefully he will deliver on his talk!

Posted by fan2011 on (September 17, 2012, 4:24 GMT)

and this needs to make headlines because?????

Posted by Dashgar on (September 17, 2012, 4:15 GMT)

Love a young guy who'll talk the talk. We know he can walk the walk, whether we see it in Sri Lanka or not he's a star for the future. Watch out if he gets on a roll

Posted by Percy_Fender on (September 17, 2012, 4:07 GMT)

Maxwell seems quite good but unfortunately seems to think that cricket is only about England and Australia. It could be because he saw England beating Australia in the Ashes twice. Once in England and once at home. And the second beating was very bad. So he seems to think that teams like West Indies and South Africa do not exist. Or that India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka do not play cricket ! He seems cocky but I think he will do well in this world cup. I only wish that he would be less blinkered.

Posted by Extraa_Cover on (September 17, 2012, 4:02 GMT)

This guy may be very talented(I don't think he's an exceptional talent by any means), but he should concentrate more on on-field game rather than this boasting game. He should understand, Int Cricket is not that easy. He's talking about scoring a hundred in international level, that too in t20, when he has got only one hundred in 62 first class innings. LOL, I have nothing else to say!

Posted by   on (September 17, 2012, 3:54 GMT)

It's interesting to see that the colonial view of cricket live and well. Just as the Ashes is the only contest in world cricket the minds of Australians.....asked to name the biggest threat in this tournament, Maxwell names England!!! England's performances in Sri Lanka has been pathetic. At the ODI WC, they lost a QF to Sri Lanka by 10 wickets!!! Anyway, good luck Maxwell, hope you don't get swallowed up by your own hype.

Posted by Romenevans on (September 17, 2012, 3:54 GMT)

He'll be sorted out by some low life spinner from any sub-continent team.

Posted by   on (September 17, 2012, 3:46 GMT)

I think the column is unnecessarily harsh on the young player as compared to some recent articles on Butler...who just has 1 good over in intl cricket and claiming his arrival...whereas this young lad despite his match winning contributions in most of his 6 matches is termed in such a way that he appears a cocky and over-confident guy....

Posted by nthuq on (September 17, 2012, 3:42 GMT)

Great to see that he's confident, but I am hoping dearly that this confidence does translate to the field. He hasn't had the best time in T20Is so far with Pakistan with the bat, which is where he will be most valuable, but hasn't done badly either. I've been seeing a little too much of Australian players lately boasting in the media and then not backing themselves up to not be worried about this.

Posted by Marcio on (September 17, 2012, 3:42 GMT)

I agree it would be better to let the bat do the talking. I think the team should just gag all but official press releases. There are too many oversenstive and drama prone people in the general public who will misread stuff and turn it all into a huge soap opera - especially in certain unmentionable countries where even the slightest offense seems to result in riots and the burning of effigies. England are a bit of an unknown factor here. Not a lot of experience all up in these conditions, and some recent horror stories when they have played. Will be interesting to see how they go. This is t20 so anything is possible on the day.

Posted by   on (September 17, 2012, 3:38 GMT)

stop bluffing.. lets see what will happen in the tournament.. I am pretty sure Ireland going to win over Auzi's..

Posted by jmcilhinney on (September 17, 2012, 3:35 GMT)

Sounds like no shrinking violet, bold of word and deed. Certainly fearlessness can be an asset in T20, as long as it doesn't cross the line into foolhardiness. Given that he's quoted as using the term "x-factor" three times in the article, it certainly seems that he is embracing the tag. X-factor is supposed to be an indefinable quality though, so it doesn't actually make sense with regards to someone's play on the field. The qualities required are very definable indeed. I think that he's talking more about versatility, although intangibles like effort still count, and he doesn't sound like the sort to skimp there. Only time will tell.

Posted by MattyP1979 on (September 17, 2012, 3:26 GMT)

Looking forward to the match for 9th place Irl vs Aus. Not seen much of this young lad and wish him all the best. I think Aus will win on wed but might be in for a few scares, all a good giggle in 20/20.

Posted by Heisenburg on (September 17, 2012, 3:16 GMT)

Let's not get cocky now.....Also the England batting line up is awful, if we don't bowl them out for less than 120 I'm going to be disappointed.

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