Warner backed Maxwell to star at the World Cup, but says his teammate needs to learn to be patient.
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Australia opener David Warner has backed under-fire all-rounder Glenn Maxwell to star at the upcoming World Cup.
However, Warner says his teammate must learn from his mistakes if he is to make an impact at one-day cricket’s showpiece event.
Maxwell looked on course to notch up a century during Australia’s 112-run Tri-Series final win over England on Sunday, but was dismissed on 95 after playing a wayward shot.
Warner told Sky Sports Big Breakfast that Maxwell needed to be more patient at the crease despite his man-of-the-match performance.
“It was great to see him score runs, but we had nine overs to go and he played that kind of shot (to get out) when we already had nine off the over,” Warner is quoted as saying by Cricket Australia.
“I think he’s starting to learn now that when you have a big over, you can wait. It’s a good learning curve for him.
“We’ve seen it time and time again in twenty-over cricket he can take the game away from anyone. It’s great to see him score runs in this form of the game.”
Warner said he spoke to Maxwell after the game about ways he could improve in the 50-over format of the game.
“I had a little bit of a word to him to say, ‘That there, you should go and have a look at that footage of how you played early on in your innings’,” Warner said.
“There was a couple of drives he missed and he was a bit hesitant, but that’s because he was probably trying to go a little bit too hard. But he’s learning and he’s really getting it.”
Maxwell, who was named Australia’s best T20 cricketer of the year last week, is expected to bat at number five in Australia’s opening World Cup clash against England on February 14.