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‘Have to work on our fielding’

Dhaka: Glenn Maxwell sounded a warning to his rivals on Sunday. For those who thought it was only about Chris Gayle, David Warner and Shahid Afridi when it comes to big hitting in this World T20, Maxwell’s breathtaking 74 off 33 balls made everyone sit up and take notice.

Last November, he made the fastest ODI half-century by an Australian, off only 18 deliveries, against India, in Bangalore. In Mirpur, his half-century off only 18 balls was the fourth fastest in T20 Internationals. Seven boundaries and six sixes were a brutal exhibition of his clean and powerful hitting.

The Victorian felt batting at No.4 has helped him attain a greater sense of responsibility. “When you are out there in the first over and there’s still only two men outside the circle, it’s a lot easier to score,” said Maxwell.

Maxwell said he enjoyed batting under pressure and it helps to bring out the best in him.

“I do enjoy thatů My first series against Pakistan, that probably helped, knowing that I can face their spinners and I was confident I could score against them.” Australia still have to play West Indies, Bangladesh and India.

“We’ve just got to go forward from now on, hit the training track a bit harder, probably work on our fielding. Our fielding wasn’t good enough. We will be hitting that hard, and try and rectify all the mistakes.”