World Cup 2019: Glenn Maxwell hopes to reprise 2015 floater’s role in England
Glenn Maxwell is hoping to be flexible in his batting role at the 2019 World Cup. © AFP

Glenn Maxwell is hopeful of repeating his batting success from four years ago as he bids to help defending champions Australia to success at the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup in England.

The allrounder cited the 2015 World Cup where on four occasions he made stand-out contributions for Australia with less than 20 overs remaining – 66, 88, 102 and 44 not out – all at a strike-rate in excess of 150. In that tournament, Maxwell averaged 64.80 and had a strike-rate of 182.02 while batting at numbers four, five and six to be a key figure in Australia’s success, and weeks before the 2019 edition gets underway he spoke of flexibility being the focus point.

“I joked about this but as soon as it gets past about the fifteenth over and we’re none down, I put them (his pads) on and just wait there,” Maxwell told reporters in Brisbane. “But I generally work with ‘JL’ (Justin Langer), just keep asking him what he wants from me, and it’ll get to a point where he’ll say ‘Go put ’em on’.

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“He’ll send a message out to Aaron (Finch, captain), ask him what he thinks, and that’s how we get to that decision. It was something that I did reasonably well in 2015, so we’re sort of trying to emulate that in this World Cup. Hopefully I can do it similar.”

Since he was recalled to Australia’s ODI team in 2018, Maxwell has usually batted at six or seven in the lineup, but of late has gotten a few chances higher up.

Australia have a formidable top four, and Maxwell is aware that breaking into it remains slim.

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“The top order have been really successful as well, I’ve been able to ride off the back of that, come in at different times and expand on really good starts,” he said. “We saw in the UAE that they performed extremely well – Aaron and Usman were outstanding at the top – so for me to just ride on the back of that, and play a different role was really enjoyable.

“Hopefully there’s a similar thing that happens during the World Cup.”

Australia open their World Cup campaign on June 1 against Afghanistan at Bristol.