Cricket World Cup: Runs ‘just around the corner’ for Glenn Maxwell, says Aaron Finch in solidarity for allrounder
Glenn Maxwell's fielding has made an impact for Australia at the World Cup. (Image: Twitter/@cricketworldcup)

Glenn Maxwell has been backed to make an impact for Australia in the semi-finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in Birmingham today, with the captain Aaron Finch feeling that runs are “just around the corner” for the allrounder.

Speculation was rife that Maxwell would be dropped for Thursday’s semi-final versus England, after averaging 22.14 in the tournament, when he did not turn up at Edgbaston for an optional practice session on Wednesday. But addressing reporters afterwards, Finch suggested that Australia would stick with Maxwell given the promise of what he brings to the team.

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“I think runs are around the corner,” said Finch. “He would have liked to have got a few more runs, but he’s been hitting the ball nicely. If you look at his contribution in the field, he’s up there with most runs saved in the field, his great run-out at Taunton to win that game for us against Pakistan in a really tight game.

“He hasn’t got the wickets, but he’s bowled really tight. He’s bowled some key overs for us that have allowed us to mix and match our bowlers through them middle overs.

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“As far as the runs, I’m not bothered about that at all because the way he’s batting, the way that he’s going about his innings, I think there’s some real positives there, so runs are just around the corner and we know how damaging he is. “When he gets in, he can be as destructive as anyone in the world, so that is a huge positive. I think the overall package, the three factors that he brings to the game is still a very exciting package.”

In related news, former Australia skipper Mark Taylor urged Finch and coach Justin Langer not to drop Maxwell for the World Cup semi-final.

“I think it is really late in the tournament to be blooding someone,” he told SEN South Australia. “Unless Glenn Maxwell is terribly out of form I would be playing Maxwell. He’s at least been there for five or six weeks and knows what to expect. He is the sort of guy we all know can click and change and win you a game. If he comes off at No.5 or No.6, he is the kind of guy who can win you a World Cup semi-final.”