Cricket World Cup 2019, Australia / England semi-final: Glenn Maxwell selection

Cricket World Cup 2019, Australia / England semi-final: Glenn Maxwell selection

Former Australia captain Mark Taylor has urged the selectors to stay with Glenn Maxwell for the semi-final of the World Cup against England.

Speculation has shown that Maxwell can be squeezed out of the Australian team before Thursday's collision in Edgbaston, after he has fought for runs in the tournament.

Matthew Wade would then be the man to replace him in the side, with Marcus Stoinis who has passed a fitness test on his side stress.

Australia has already confirmed a change before the game, with Peter Handscomb to make his World Cup debut for the injured Usman Khawaja.

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But Taylor, who led Australia to the semi-final of the 1996 World Cup, said he wasn't going to call Maxwell that fast.

"I think it's really late in the tournament to make someone bleed," Taylor told SEN South Australia.

"Unless Glenn Maxwell is terribly out of shape, I would play Maxwell."

"He's been there for at least five or six weeks and knows what to expect, he's the kind of person that we all know can click and change and win you a game.

"If he comes out at No. 5 or No. 6, he's the kind of guy you can win a semi-final for the World Cup."

Maxwell only spent 95 balls in the middle during the tournament, but his 155 runs at 22.14 hit a strikerate of 163.15.

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Wade has meanwhile been in a great shape for Australia A, with two fast firing periods in the last two weeks after a strong home summer.

But Taylor questioned the value of those runs, and whether they could be used as a real qualifier, led to a semifinals of the World Cup.

"I'm not sure if this is the same as making points in the World Cup semi-final," he said.

"If you earn hundreds for Australia A against a side of Gloucester against an Essex or Somerset, it's probably not their best side either.

"You have to put that into perspective by playing in a World Cup against quality nuisance in a murderous environment.

"They are two very different places to braid."


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