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‘Cowboy’ Glenn Maxwell proved Test pedigree in Ranchi, says Matt Renshaw

Glenn Maxwell, nicknamed “The Big Show”, is playing his first Test for Australia cricket team in more than two years but hardly looked rusty against India cricket team in Ranchi as he scored 82 n.o., sharing an important unbeaten partnership of 159 runs with Steve Smith

cricket Updated: Mar 16, 2017 20:12 IST
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Australia cricket team’s Glenn Maxwell, a limited-overs specialist known for his attacking batting, lofts a ball to the boundary on Day 1 of the third Test against India cricket team in Ranchi on Thursday(PTI)

Limited-overs specialist Glenn Maxwell’s composed unbeaten 82 in the third Test against India proved the explosive all-rounder has what it takes to succeed in the long format, Australia team mate Matt Renshaw said on Thursday. (Ranchi Test, Day 1 Highlights)

It took a shoulder injury to Mitchell Marsh to enable Maxwell to return for his first Test for Australia cricket team in more than two years and the flamboyant all-rounder, nicknamed “The Big Show”, responded with a mature career-best Test knock, putting on a series-high 159 runs with skipper Steve Smith for the fifth wicket. (Ranchi Test Scorecard)

Asked about the 28-year-old’s new-found maturity, Renshaw said, “I’ve never personally played with him so I’m not sure if it’s normal or something different. I think he’s pretty calm and relaxed and showed he could play well, and he did well today.”

“I guess you’d have to ask Glenn what the difference is. But he’s a class player and he showed that he could do it in test cricket today. Hopefully, he can continue that tomorrow.”

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Such was Maxwell’s self-restraint that the right-hander took 57 balls to score his first boundary.

Glimpses of his natural aggression manifested when he clobbered Ravindra Jadeja for two sixes -- the first bringing up his maiden test fifty -- but only once did he employ the risky reverse sweep and largely steered clear of extravagance.

Asked whether he was surprised by the Victorian’s largely risk-free batting, Renshaw said, “You hear about this in the media a lot, that he is a bit of a cowboy sort of thing. I think he just played some good cricket shots today.”

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Skipper Smith was also impressed by Maxwell’s effortless batting in his test comeback.

“He played beautifully, stuck to his game plan the whole time, played nice and straight and hit the loose ball,” Smith told Star Sports channel.

“He batted like he has been in the nets ... He’s been hitting the ball really well so he got an opportunity and he’s making the most of it.”