With the exception of one self-destructive session on day three in Delhi, Glenn Maxwell believes Australia was “excellent” in the first two Tests against India.
Australia blew the small lead they had at the start of day three by losing nine wickets for 52 runs in their second innings.
“I think they’ve shown a lot of fight. They were all fantastic in my opinion, with the exception of one session. Since it’s so foreign to us, it’s rather difficult over there; it’s not an enjoyable place to play.
“But I feel that, apart from a number of tiny moments, we’ve been in the struggle, we’ve been matching India at different points, and they’ve shown a lot of fight,” he reportedly said, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.
The only player still playing today to join Steve Smith in scoring a Test century in India is Maxwell.
“I’m sure that will be the takeaway—to continue attempting to keep up with India and seize those significant game-changing moments. It simply requires perseverance for a little while longer.
At the start of day three [in Delhi , he stated, “I thought we were well ahead of India, and to be ahead of India at any point during a Test match over there is an indicator we’re doing the right things, it’s just doing it for a little bit longer.”
For the three ODI games starting on March 17 in India, Maxwell has been chosen. He hasn’t played in any international cricket since fracturing his leg at a birthday party in an odd incident last November.
Although I’ve been in contact with the selectors continuously, it probably hasn’t happened as quickly as I’d like, he admitted.
“I definitely would have preferred to start playing a little bit sooner, but since I knew the deadline for the one-day side and the achievable objective, I was able to modify my recovery strategy to fit the time frame I had available.
It’s never pleasant to take a vacation of this kind, but it’s also not the worst time to take a little time off from the game. I did spent the majority of it in rehab, physiotherapy, and gym sessions, but it was a great little refresher. I’m hoping that this will buy me a little more time towards the end of my career.
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