ICC World T20 2012: Australia likely to replace Glenn Maxwell with David Hussey for semi-final tie

Australian cricketer Glenn Maxwell has faced criticism after his poor show in the Super Eights tie against Pakistan Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Colombo: Oct 4, 2012

Australia are likely to drop all-rounder Glenn Maxwell and bring in the experienced David Hussey in their semi-final clash against the West Indies on Friday.

Maxwell has faced criticism after his poor show in the Super Eights tie against Pakistan, and skipper George Bailey has admitted Maxwell’s shot selection could have been better.

The Victorian cricketer also dropped a catch of Nasir Jamshed during Pakistan s innings, and the left-handed middl-order batsman went on to score 55.

“I saw Mickey had weighed up those two (players) and that’s probably the only one to be weighed up. But the structure doesn’t change in terms of a like-for-like,” Bailey said.

“In the whole tournament, the only change we’ve made has been a tactical one to introduce more spin.

“So we’ve stuck with it and that’s something that’s pretty important to me. If you want structure and sensible batting and what-not, there’s five guys who have played more T20 cricket than he has who need to provide that,” Bailey was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald.

Bailey added, “What we want from him is an ability to turn the game. Make what you will of his shot the other night, I maintain that it was just poor communication on our behalf. Most people were thinking 112 but we hadn’t communicated that.

“That’s a fault on Mickey’s and my behalf rather than his,” the Australian captain accepted.

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