That Australia’s maverick batsman Glenn Maxwell is an interesting character off the field is an understatement.
The 28-year-old was up having a good time at the headquarters of video gaming company Big Ants Studios in Melbourne prior to his departure for the ongoing India-Australia limited-overs series.
Maxwell was in the studios to do some visual work as part of the preparation of the game-makes latest product – ‘Ashes Cricket’.
The game is scheduled to launch later this year prior to the commencement of the Ashes series Down Under in December.
In a YouTube video published by cricket.com.au, Maxwell takes viewers inside the process of capturing his movements while batting which are to be uploaded into the game later.
However it was not just personal batting-style that Maxwell imitated for the video game makers. He is also seen imitating the batting stances and shots of other cricketers including his Australia skipper Steve Smith.
The Melbourne-based man started with an imitation of fellow Aussie batsman Peter Handscomb’s batting stance. It is Maxwell’s imitation of skipper Steve Smith’s batting-style that has got out attention. After watching the video, we must say that Maxwell gets it absolutely spot-on!
In a near-perfect imitation of Smith’s fidgety unorthodox stance, Maxwell had the entire crew at the studio laughing in unison when he copied his skipper’s famous leave in the Test series against India earlier this year.
After performing a carbon-copy of Smith’s pull shot, Maxwell proceeded to imitate other cricket legends.
He brought out his take on Tilakratne Dilshan’s famous ‘Dilscoop’ following which he does Sanath Jayasuriya’s whip over point.
Brian Lara’s pull-shot, Virender Sehwag’s square-drive and Michael Bevan’s late-cut all make an appearance in Maxwell’s repertoire.
The Aussie pulled off all the classic shots of the legends with consummate ease but came unstuck while imitating India’s Ravindra Jadeja.
Maxwell tried his hands at copying the Indian all-rounder’s famous sword-dance with the bat but failed miserably in his attempt as he sent the piece of willow flying over.
Luckily for the Aussie no one was hurt during the massive-fail and to be honest, the sword-dance does seem like a technique difficult to master.
Maxwell does get former Australia openers Matthew Hayden’s and Justin Langer’s shots absolutely spot-on to his credit.
The Australian batsman introduces the viewers to a shot which has never been attempted in international cricket, and judging by the video, the shot is unlikely to feature in any game anytime soon.
Maxwell is currently with Steve Smith and co in India for the five-match ODI series and 3-match T20I series. The visitors were beaten by 26 runs in the first match at Chennai and will take on India in the second ODI at Kolkata on Thursday.
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England take on a West Indies side buoyed by their success in the one-off Twenty20 when the one-day international series gets under way at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
Here, Press Association Sport looks at some of the talking points.
England’s Champions Trophy semi-final exit at the hands of shock tournament winners Pakistan was their last ODI performance, more than three months ago back in mid-June.
Their only white-ball venture since was Saturday’s Twenty20 defeat against West Indies at Chester-le-Street.
Eoin Morgan’s men need to get back on track therefore in this five-match series as they seek to prove to themselves and others that they will be major contenders at their own World Cup in 2019.
Chris Gayle is the world’s first batsman to 100 Twenty20 sixes, after his latest exploits at Chester-le-Street on Saturday night.
The veteran big-hitter, 38 on Thursday, will doubtless be out to add to his 238 maximums to date in ODI cricket on his return to the format for the first time in two and a half years after his stand-off with the West Indies board.
However he fares, though, there are at least five players on each team with the power game to dwarf any venue.
Not necessarily. The weather will play a big part, of course – and in modern ODI cricket, there is always potential for a one-off flake-out as teams target huge totals batting first and occasionally fall in a heap doing so.
If the skies are blue, there should be some decent pitches, but Morgan has already warned there may be some “tired” ones too at this late stage of the summer. A variety of up-and-down totals is therefore likely.
Jason Roy’s first-ball duck in Durham, and another handy innings from Jonny Bairstow in the middle order there too, has tipped the balance in favour of the Yorkshireman opening in the first ODI at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
Roy ceded his position to Bairstow for the latter stages of the Champions Trophy after a miserable sequence of scores which dated back to another golden duck at the start of the summer against Ireland in Bristol.
His last half-century came against the Windies in Antigua in March, and Bairstow’s consistency has persuaded Morgan to go slightly safety-first here.
All recent form in the longer white-ball format, unlike in Twenty20, points to England – despite the return of West Indies’ cavalry.
Gayle and Marlon Samuels are back in the fray, the latter a notable presence with another opportunity to square up to one of his favourite England players, match-winning all-rounder Ben Stokes.
Gayle, Samuels and Jerome Taylor will bolster the team dismissed 3-0 by England back in the Caribbean in March.
England prevailed by some hefty margins there, and follow-up success by anything other than a degree of comfort back on home soil will be a surprise.
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It has been almost 30 months since Chris Gayle last featured for West Indies in an ODI match. On Tuesday though, the 37-year-old will take the field at Old Trafford in Manchester in the first of the five-match ODI series against England.
Recalled to the 50-over setup for the first time since the ICC World Cup 2015, Gayle has already demonstrated to the hosts just about how dangerous he can still be with bat.
The Jamaican became the first man in the history of T20I cricket to hit a century of sixes in the format after he smacked four towering sixes in his rapid innings of 41 against England in the sole T20I between the two sides at Chester-le-street on Saturday.
As the Kingston-born man gets ready to make his ODI comeback, we take a look at three of his greatest 50-over innings in a career spanning 269 matches.
Gayle had struggled for form heading into the 2015 ICC World Cup with no century to his name in the 20 months prior to the tournament.
The Jamaican put on a batting display for the ages as minnows Zimbabwe bore the brunt of his ferocious hitting. Gayle became the first man to hit a double-century in the history of the World Cup as he bettered Gary Kirsten’s 188 against the UAE in 1996.
The left-hander put on a 372-run partnership for the second wicket with Marlon Samuels, a world-record stand for any wicket.
In total Gayle hit 16 sixes in his innings for his 215 in just 147 deliveries before being dismissed in the last-ball of the West Indies innings.
They would go on to win the match by 73 runs in the end while Gayle entered the record books.
The defending champions of 2004, West Indies were looking to book their spot in their second consecutive Champions Trophy final, but before doing that they had to face the Proteas in the penultimate hurdle.
The South Africans won the toss and decided to bat first, putting up a score of 258 in their 50 overs.
The pressure of a huge semi-final notwithstanding, Gayle was in the zone from the very first delivery as he wrested the initiative for West Indies.
Gayle was unperturbed as his side suffered a mini collapse towards the end of the chase as the left-hander remained unbeaten to guide his team through to the final courtesy a six-wicket victory.
In the end, the Jamaican hit three sixes and 17 boundaries in his 135-ball 133 which saw him named the Man of the Match.
The left-hander has fond memories of England where he produced one of the most mature displays of his long and distinguished career at the Lord’s cricket ground.
With New Zealand having already confirmed its spot in the finals, the pressure was on West Indies and the hosts in the final group-game in the 2004 Natwest Tri-series in a winner-takes-all scenario.
Centuries from Andrew Strauss and Andrew Flintoff helped England set a stiff target of 286 for the men from the Caribbean.
After losing Dwayne Smith early, Gayle put on a 187-run stand with Ramnaresh Sarwan to put the Windies in the ascendancy.
Even though Sarwan and Brian Lara departed in quick succession, Gayle turned in an uncustomary display as he bid his time at the crease in watchful fashion to take his side home.
The Kingston man faced 165 deliveries for his unbeaten 132 as West Indies chased down England’s total with seven wickets to spare in the final over of their innings.