Tuesday, July 16, 2019 | ePaper
Finch coy over Maxwell after struggling Australia star misses net session
Australia captain Aaron Finch insisted Glenn Maxwell's absence from a net session on the eve of the World Cup semi-final against England didn't necessarily mean he would miss Thursday's clash.
Maxwell has struggled to hit peak form during the World Cup and there have been growing rumours he could be dropped for the Edgbaston semi-final.
Maxwell, who has scored just 155 runs in nine innings, did not take part in Australia's optional training session in Birmingham on Wednesday.
That increased the talk that Matthew Wade, called into the holders' squad this week to replace the injured Usman Khawaja, could be handed an immediate place in the starting line-up.
But Finch was keen to play down any suggestions that the usually big-hitting Maxwell could be axed.
"It's a purely optional training session. You're reading a bit too much into it," he told reporters on Wednesday.
"Maxi is someone who 50 percent of the time comes down to optional sessions. Most of the bowlers aren't here, Davey (Warner) isn't here. We'll name our side tomorrow at the toss, as usual."
Pressed on his team-mates' struggles, Finch was adamant Maxwell remained a key player for Australia and backed the all-rounder to come good.
"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," he said.
"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."