The Big Show is back baby! Time to reinstate him to the ODI team! Stat!
Chairman of selectors, Rod Marsh, highlighted concerns about Maxwell's batting form just last week when talking about the decision to cut him loose. “He hasn’t made enough runs, as simple as that. If you want to play cricket for Australia, you should be consistent. If you are a batsman, you should get consistent runs."
Marsh will be eating his words after this latest display.
The Big Show smashed an unbeaten 145 off 65 balls on Tuesday night, before slugging the equal fastest 50 by an Australian in the second T20 international. Maxwell took only 18 deliveries to reach his half-century on Friday, eventually falling for 66 off 29 balls, taking his campaign tally to 211 off just 94 deliveries.
That's the most ever for any player in a two-match Twenty20 series and the Australian has certainly let his willow do the talking.
The raw statistics also back him up. His strike rate of 224.46 is the best ever by a batsman in a series where he has made more than 200 runs. In just two innings, the all-rounder hit more boundaries than the entire Sri Lankan team combined, finding the fence 34 times.
Still reckon he's in a batting form slump? Me neither.
Ahead of the upcoming one-day series against fourth-ranked team, South Africa, Australian cricket’s reigning ODI Player of the Year looks set for a recall. Having shown selectors he's back in peak condition with the bat, it will be gutsy decision to continue keeping him out of the squad.
Maxwell is considered an elite fielder and a handy off-spin bowler, but his batting definitely runs hot and cold. Before dominating the Sri Lankans, the 27-year old put together just 59 runs from 54 balls faced in seven innings at an average of 9.83.
I personally couldn't care less. The Australian is a genuine game-changer and strikes fear into opposing spin bowlers. His explosive hitting can break an innings wide open and was a big part of Australia's success at the 2015 World Cup.
The all-rounder has an outrageous set of skills which are tailor-made for limited-overs cricket. From his trademark reverse sweep shot to his ridiculous catching ability, Maxwell brings plenty of entertainment value to the table.
And that's the whole point. Selectors shouldn't judge The Big Show on his consistency when he offers the potential for audacious knocks as he has just shown us. Isn't that why he's in the team to begin with?
Cricket fans will be hoping Maxwell gets the nod to return for Australia sooner rather than later.
Written by Tim Alexander