With the Australian headline revolved around Glenn Maxwell’s dismissal from Steve Smith’s pictures, and former captain, Ricky Ponting coming out and backing Maxwell, the ‘Big Show’ has returned the favour.
With Ponting being the right hand man for Lehmann with the Twenty20 duties over the past fortnight, it is clear the path that Cricket Australia want to take with their former skipper, with Lehmann likely to lose the reigns of the National side after the next Ashes series.
With a comprehensive victory in the longest form of the game, the Aussies turned their attention the 50-over format, in which they struggled against the tourists for all but one game.
However, Maxwell has praised the impact that Ponting brings since his arrival for the Gillette Twenty20 Tri-Series, telling SEN’s Whateley, “the speed and constant evolution of the shortest form of cricket requires a coach that understands the nuances of the game as well – and Ponting fits the bill.”
“It needs to be someone who is fresh out of the game who understands the pace of the game as well,” continuing on explaining, “It is such a different format of the game where you do have to play fearless cricket and you’ve got to be able to afford to make mistakes because they are going to happen with the game being so fast-paced.”
Ponting has been coaching in the shortest form of the game for a little while now, having taking the reigns of IPL side, Mumbai Indians.
Not only was his leadership on the field important when he played, but his leadership off it as well, which Maxwell has lauded since his arrival into the group.
“He’s got a great ability to get the best out of someone dealing with them for a short space of time.”
Maxwell has spent a fair bit of time in the T20 tournaments with Ponting, and understands his philosophies and how he goes about getting the best out of certain players.
“We’ve spent a bit of time together since that IPL in 2013 and I’ve used him as a little bit of a sounding board when things probably weren’t going that well and he’s been able to help me through those periods.”
The Australians have already booked their place in the Final of the Gillette Tri-Series, with England and New Zealand set the face each other twice to book their place.