Victorian pacer fast bowler Peter Siddle has given some crucial advice to all-rounder Glenn Maxwell after his maiden Test ton in Ranchi on Friday. Maxwell became the second Australian batsman after Shane Watson to smash centuries in all the three formats of the game on day two at JSCA Stadium.
During a chat with Fox Sports Siddle said, “I just think with Maxi, there was always a lot of talk about, he should be in the Test team, ‘I should be this, I should be that’. I think the best thing for him to do was just to go out there and just make runs, mate. He did that in the T20s against Sri Lanka (last September when he blasted a record hundred and record fifty), he was out of the (one-day) team and he just went out there and scored runs.”
He further added, “I think that’s what all the great batsmen that haven’t been in the side have done. He’s shown that now, he knows he can play a different game and perform out there. It was awesome to watch, just because it was so different than the normal Maxi. I think that’s what makes it so special.”
Siddle had showered praises for Maxwell for his efforts in Ranchi as the latter also shared a brilliant 191-run partnership with Captain Steve Smith when the visitors were down to 4-140. Siddle said, “Just relax, go out there and score runs. He does put a lot of pressure on himself, he is very emotional. He just loves the game, he loves scoring runs, he loves playing for Australia. I think just going out there and batting, he showed us over the last couple of days how good he can be. It was an amazing innings (at a) tough stage and to turn around with Smithy and to do what he did, I think, was great to see.”
Maxwell had talked about his innings on Friday, he said, "To get back in the side in the first place was something I really held close to my heart. I was so happy to be able to walk back on the field with the Australian Test team with the Baggy Green cap on, and I was just filled with joy when I got told I had the opportunity to do that again.”
He concluded, “I didn’t want to waste the opportunity, didn’t want to make it my last Test, that’s for sure. I was in a place where I doubted whether I'd play Test cricket again, whether I'd have a chance to put the cap back on.”