Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell on Wednesday took the blame for Alex Carey’s run out which he thinks was the “changing point” in the third ODI against India in Canberra.
Australia eventually fell short by 13 runs and got bowled out for 289 in 49.3 overs while chasing 303 for victory, with Maxwell ending up with a quickfire 59 off 38 balls.
Maxwell, who was at the non-striker’s end during Carey’s run out, conceded that his mistake cost Australia as the match turned in India’s favour after that dismissal.
Maxwell’s quickfire 59 off 38 balls went in vain as Australia got bowled out for 289 in 49.3 overs to lose the final match of the series by 13 runs, after comprehensive wins in the first-two ODIs in Sydney.
“I thought the changing point was probably the run out with Carey, which was probably 100 per cent my fault. I think we were six down at that stage so it makes it a little bit tougher because you know one mistake and it can all turn around pretty quickly.
“That was probably a key moment in the game that I probably stuffed up. Having said that, I probably should have iced that game from there. But they’re allowed to bowl well and Bumrah’s a class finisher,” Maxwell said.
The 32-year-old also expressed his views on the recent criticism of the switch-hit, a shot which he plays regularly in white-ball cricket and even collected a six off it during his knock against India in the third ODI.
Former Australia captain Ian Chappell has been the biggest critic of the switch-hit shot and even termed it “unfair” in a recent interview. But Maxwell thinks its “a different part of the evolution of the game”.
“It’s within the laws of the game. I think batting has evolved in such a way that it’s just got better and better over the years which is why we’re seeing these massive scores getting chased down and scores are going up.
“I suppose it’s up to the bowlers to try and combat that, and the skills of bowlers are being tested every day. They’re having to come up with different change-ups and different ways to stop batters, and with the way they shut down one side of the ground and what-not.
“I suppose the way that batting is evolving, I think bowling has got to evolve to the same stage, so you see guys come up with knuckle balls and wide-yorker fields and different tactics. The tactics of one-day cricket have definitely evolved over the last little bit as well, so I just see it as a different part of the evolution of the game,” Maxwell said.