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Cricket news - Maxwell is a great package: Finch

Maxwell's expertise to explore different parts of the field came to the fore in the third ODI.

Glenn Maxwell, the Australian all-rounder, has received a fair share of criticism for his lack of of consistency. However, in the recent past, the aggressive batsman has made vital contributions to Australia's limited-overs sides. In the just-concluded third ODI against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi, he gave a glimpse of his ability to deliver game-changing performances by composing a 55-ball 71 and also picking up the scalp of Imam ul Haq.

Maxwell, who was struggling to find a place in the ODI squad not too long ago, helped Australia recover from a tricky position and piloted them to competitive total of 266 on a track that was assisting the bowlers. "Once Finchy got out it was up to me to make sure I was there for as long as possible towards the end," said Maxwell after Australia clinched the five-match rubber 3-0 on Thursday (March 28). "I got a little bit of luck being dropped (on 27) but to make the most of that and control the back-end was nice and it gives us something we can bowl at," he added.

Maxwell is also more than a handy offspinner and an athletic fielder. With his ability to bowl quicker through the air, Maxwell has proved to be a useful bowling option in the middle overs.

"Maxi is a player who people expect so much from every time he plays - because he has so much brilliance at times. But I think what people don't see at times, when they get frustrated with him, is the amount of stuff he does in the field - if he averages 20 in a series, he might save 20 runs in the field as well. He bowls overs, gets some wickets. It all adds up to a great package. And the fact he's batting at six at the moment - to give us that little bit of extra firepower towards the back end - is something we're conscious of and it's a role he fits really well."

Maxwell's expertise to explore different parts of the field came to the fore in the third ODI. Furthermore, it encapsulated the importance of the all-rounder to the Australian ODI set-up in the slog overs. The visitors also have Ashton Turner and Marcus Stoinis to hit the accelerator pedal and provide the impetus in the end overs.

"Guys who can hit the ball 360 (degrees) are so hard to bowl to, as a captain they're a nightmare. There's a handful of them in the world now. You've got Jos Buttler who can scoop you over the keeper's head, but also hit over mid-off. They're two obvious places where you always have a fielder up when you've got five (fielders outside the 30-yard circle). When you need both of them out - it creates some problems. Maxi is no different to that," he observed.

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