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Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has revealed that he is working on perfecting a brand new mystery shot, which he may unveil in the summer.
Maxwell, who is a master at playing unorthodox shots, also noted that he tried out the new stroke during his stint with Hampshire.
“I played it in England and got a boundary for it, so I might try and bring it out in Australia,” Maxwell told cricket.com.au. “It’s off a short ball. You might see it this summer.”
Maxwell stated that “custom” shots are going to become the next big thing in international cricket since the batsmen are always thinking of new ways to outfox the bowlers.
“I suppose (batsmen) just keep working on them, to try and make them a custom shot (and) rather than calling it an innovation they start calling it a conventional stroke,” Maxwell said. “I think that’s the next step for international cricketers, and the next step for the game.
“It’s going to make one-day cricket extremely hard for the bowlers, especially when guys are hitting the ball 360 degrees comfortably. As a batsman, it makes it a lot easier to manipulate fields and really trouble the opposition. So it’s a good thing for batters, not very much fun for bowlers unfortunately.”
With the 2015 World Cup fast approaching, Maxwell is intent on keeping his spot in Australia’s ODI squad. In order to ensure he achieves this, Maxwell is working on his match awareness and developing his skills with both the bat and ball.
“There was a fair few highlights (last summer) and some moments where I had to take a backward step and work on my game.” Maxwell said. “I feel like I’ve done enough work to change the way I’m playing, and to change my role in that (one-day) team to be successful and to really be the guy that Boof wants me to be in that middle order, and that’s to finish the game off for Australia and to be the winner at the end.
“I’m hoping this summer that you see a lot more not outs and a lot more clinical innings instead of cameos which I’m sure people are sick of seeing and which I’m sick of playing.
“It (Lehmann’s criticism) shocked me a little bit, but that’s the way he’s been going about his coaching since he came into the job. Out there, he’s been boisterous, he’s been brilliant for the group. He hasn’t left any stone unturned and he’s been straight down the line with everyone. Everyone knows exactly where they stand with him and I’d rather he be hard on me than sugar coat things and basically give people free rides. So the more he nails me when I stuff up, hopefully I can iron out the issues and become a better player.
“I think I’m already starting to become a better player under him and hopefully that shows this summer.”