Finch said Maxwell is a key player ahead of upcoming England match
Australia captain Aaron Finch said all-rounder and spin-bowler Glenn Maxwell will play in the team’s ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 semi-final match today against England. This comes after Maxwell was absent from a practice net session and news broke out that he was no longer part of the squad.
“It's a purely optional training session. You're reading a bit too much into it," said Finch in an interview on Wednesday. “Maxi (Maxwell) is someone who 50 percent of the time comes down to optional sessions. Most of the bowlers aren't here, Davey (David Warner) isn't here. We'll name our side tomorrow at the toss, as usual."
Finch added Maxwell is still a key player in the squad despite the bowler’s poor performance in the tournament. Maxwell only scored 155 runs in nine innings in the league stage matches.
"There's runs around the corner. He'd like to have scored more but he's hitting the ball nicely. We know how destructive he can be when he's in,” stated Finch. “His contributions in the field are up there with most runs saved and he got a great run out at Taunton against Pakistan. And the overs he's bowled have been really, really key overs for us too. What he brings to the game is a still very exciting package."
Australia will play their semi-final match today against England at Edgbaston Cricket Ground. Australia currently have +215 odds to win the tournament.
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