Maxwell has game plan to tackle spinners on India tour
Set to make his Test debut against India, dashing Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has already chalked out his plans against spinners, and feels his brief experience of playing in Indian conditions will hold him in good stead in the upcoming four-Test series.
Maxwell was named as the main spinning all-rounder in Australia's 17-member Test squad to tour India, which means in all likelihood he will earn a baggy green on the upcoming trip to India.
"I've thought about how I'm going to be playing spinners over there," said Maxwell, who visited India in 2010 for a training camp as part of the Centre of Excellence side, and also enjoyed a short stint with Delhi Daredevils in 2012 IPL.
"I've been lucky enough to play over there a little bit. I had the Academy a couple of years ago and had the IPL experience last year. I know my game plan over there is going to be pretty simple, using my feet against the spinners and hopefully that will hold me in good stead," he added.Maxwell smashed an unbeaten 51 off 35 balls to lift Australia to a crushing nine-wicket victory over the West Indies in Friday's One-dayer at the WACA Ground. He hit nine fours and two sixes in his blistering knock.
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'In India you can use pace variations to your advantage'
Maxwell, however, insists he has the patience to make it big at the Test level.
"I'm sure if I get the chance to play Test cricket I'll probably be a bit more reserved," he said. Despite his batting heroics, Australia would also be banking on Maxwell as an off-spinner during the tour to India.
Maxwell said after working with legendary Shane Warne this summer on the mental side of spin bowling, he is confident of his abilities as a spinner.
"With the wickets and the way they spin, you can bowl a lot faster over there (India) and really use your pace variations to your advantage," Maxwell said here ahead of Sunday's second ODI against the West Indies."In Australia you've got to be a lot more accurate, a lot more consistent in a certain area, where India allows you a lot more margin for error just because of the way it spins."
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