Hants hoping to hang on to Maxwell

Hants hoping to hang on to Maxwell

Hants hoping to hang on to Maxwell

First published in Sport Romsey Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Sports Reporter

HAMPSHIRE are hoping to have Glenn Maxwell back for a third season next year.

The Australian superstar failed to live up to his billing following his outstanding Indian Premier League.

Maxwell hit 552 runs at 34.5 for Kings XI Punjab at the IPL but only managed 127 at 11.54 during his two months with Hampshire.

But coach Dale Benkenstein hopes to have him back in 2015.

He said: “I don’t know what the arrangement is with Cricket Australia, I haven’t had that discussion yet, but next year I’d like to see him back.

“In different circumstances, if he’s a bit fresher, I’m sure he’ll win us a few more games. It wasn’t that he wasn’t trying, he just had a really tough time. But was always available and trying to work on what he could improve on.

“We were getting it right towards the end and then he left!”

Maxwell’s match-winning 146 against Lancashire at Old Trafford, the only victory of Hampshire’s Royal London One-Day Cup campaign so far, was the highlight of his second spell with the county.

“When he did so well at the IPL, I must admit I thought ‘oh no’ because it’s tough to follow that,” smiled Benkenstein.

“People expect these guys to just walk in and smack everyone around, but it takes time to adjust.

“A lot of guys who do really well in a big tournament and then come over to very different conditions here tend to struggle a bit. In India the grounds are really small and the wickets are really flat.

“It can also be that drain after using up huge amounts of energy. But he’s been brilliant for the team, the guys love him around.

“He’s a superstar but he doesn’t act like it; he really is like one of the boys, he fits in perfectly, he gives everything and he was brilliant in the field.”

Hampshire have a handy replacement for Maxwell in Owais Shah, who returns from the Caribbean Premier League later this month, when they take on Lancashire at Edgbaston in the second semi-final on August 23.

“It would have been great to have Maxi at Finals Day, because that’s the sort of occasion he lives for,” continued Benkenstein.

“But we’re still strong. Shah’s averaging 74 for us and the rest of the team will be similar to the one that won our last two group games.”

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10:44am Sat 9 Aug 14

realistic-usa says...

Sadly another ill thought out and muddled interview with coach Benkenstein. Sometimes it pays not to say the first thing that comes into one's head, but instead to present thoughts in a more precise and disciplined manner. Rambling muddled thinking doesn't cut it.

Hopefully overall management of HCCC is more focused than this.
Sadly another ill thought out and muddled interview with coach Benkenstein. Sometimes it pays not to say the first thing that comes into one's head, but instead to present thoughts in a more precise and disciplined manner. Rambling muddled thinking doesn't cut it. Hopefully overall management of HCCC is more focused than this. realistic-usa
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12:45pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Red_Rock says...

I'd be happier if our coach spent less time talking about what players might do and spoke a little more about what they are doing and why they are regularly under performing.

This would at least show he recognises there is a problem.

Then he can tell us what he is going to do about it.

Waxing lyrical about how he wants to re-sign a player who has largely struggled and is often unavailable doesn't really provide much encouragement nice chap that he undoubtedly is.
I'd be happier if our coach spent less time talking about what players might do and spoke a little more about what they are doing and why they are regularly under performing. This would at least show he recognises there is a problem. Then he can tell us what he is going to do about it. Waxing lyrical about how he wants to re-sign a player who has largely struggled and is often unavailable doesn't really provide much encouragement nice chap that he undoubtedly is. Red_Rock
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2:42pm Sat 9 Aug 14

realistic-usa says...

Totally agree Red Rock. With muddled thinking like this it is hardly surprising that the results this season have been so erratic.

It hardly inspires confidence when the coach doesn't appear to recognize the problems and appears to have no plan to remedy them. Looks a bit like a cricket version of Dad's Army to me. Who is Capt Mainwaring I wonder?:) or Corporal Jones?
Totally agree Red Rock. With muddled thinking like this it is hardly surprising that the results this season have been so erratic. It hardly inspires confidence when the coach doesn't appear to recognize the problems and appears to have no plan to remedy them. Looks a bit like a cricket version of Dad's Army to me. Who is Capt Mainwaring I wonder?:) or Corporal Jones? realistic-usa
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