Before I talk about our exciting Chappell-Hadlee series against New Zealand that kicks off tomorrow in my hometown of Sydney, I feel I should address the comments made by Glenn Maxwell on Thursday.
When I first heard what Glenn said I was a little bit shocked.
Quick Single: Maxwell fined for Wade comments
In this team we talk about respect and respecting everybody involved in the game, from teammates, to the opposition, our fantastic fans and the media.
What Glenn said was very disrespectful.
The captain sets the batting order and for him to question his state captain Matty Wade was out of line.
For me it should just be about him scoring runs. He’s been batting at No.6 for the Bushrangers in Shield cricket and the guy batting behind him, Cameron White, is one of Victoria’s leading run-scorers and is averaging more than 100, so there’s plenty of opportunity to post big runs.
On Friday, the leadership group of David Warner, Mitch Starc, Josh Hazlewood and myself came together and discussed what Glenn had said in the media.
On the whole the team was very disappointed and we thought it was a chance for us to step in.
I came up with the idea to fine him and the leadership group were happy with that.
We told Glenn in front of the group and that can be embarrassing and confronting. Hopefully the message gets across and he can learn and start having a bit more respect for everybody around the game.
Glenn is available for selection tomorrow for the first Chappell-Hadlee clash at my favourite cricket venue in the world, the Sydney Cricket Ground.
I can tell you the Australian cricket team is desperate to get the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy back off our friends from across the ditch.
We’ve had some great tussles with the Black Caps in recent times, from the highly-competitive series in New Zealand earlier this year, to the epic in Auckland during the 2015 World Cup and of course the final at the MCG where we were crowned world champions.
New Zealand are a dangerous side with some quality players led by their captain Kane Williamson.
I think Kane, as one of the world’s best batsmen, is the glue to their batting order. If we can limit his output with the bat it will go a long way in helping us win the series and reclaim the trophy.
We’re going to have to be good to beat them here this summer, but we play pretty well here in Australia.
We haven’t lost an ODI series on home soil since November 2010 when Sri Lanka pulled off an upset 2-1 win, and we know we can’t take any team lightly even in our own backyard.
We’ve got a different set of guys here from the Test team that won in Adelaide, a group that have come off the back of some Shield cricket as well as not having played white-ball cricket since the Matador Cup in October.
It’s going to be about all of us adapting and finding our gears, particularly with our batting going from red ball to white ball in the space of a week.
Our initial 14-man squad is now down to 13 with exciting allrounder Hilton Cartwright heading home to Perth to get ready for Western Australia’s Shield match against Queensland starting on Monday.
Hilton has improved a lot over the past couple of years and scored some good runs for WA.
He’s an extremely talented fielder – gee he moves well in the field – and I certainly think he’s gained a yard or two with the ball. He’s come along nicely and could perhaps get a game at some stage this series.
As a person, Hilton’s pretty quiet, but I guess that’s pretty normal for someone coming into a new team.
It might take a little bit of time for him to come out of his shell, but he seems like a good guy with a big future ahead of him.
It’s not just our batsmen who will need to adapt, but our seam bowlers as well, and I can tell you Starcy is enjoying having a white ball back in his hands.
He bowled me a few rapid deliveries in the nets that swung back in, which, at his pace, can be incredibly difficult to face.
After bowling a few hooping inswingers one ball held its line and didn’t swing. I asked him what happened with that last one and he replied 'Haven’t you watched me this summer? I haven’t swung any!'
I’m sure he’ll be very dangerous if the ball swings around this series, and it’s very exciting to see him team up with Hazlewood and Patty Cummins.
Those three guys are the three big guns in this format.
Hazlewood and Starc have been the head of the attack for a while now in all formats and it’s nice to have Patty back.
I thought Patty bowled beautifully in the Matador Cup and it looked like he bowled with good pace and he’s kept that pace up.
It’s great to have him back on the park and let’s hope he can make a huge impact.
While those three will certainly bowl plenty of overs this series, I can assure you George Bailey will not be getting a bowl in the next three games.
Gorgeous George was filmed rolling his arm over at training yesterday, and while that video is very funny – especially his run-in with James Faulkner – I can exclusively reveal he will not be called upon during a match!
After Sydney we head to our nation’s capital Canberra for the second ODI on Tuesday before finishing the series at the MCG on Friday.
The Australian cricket team loves the support from our fans and we want to see as many fans as possible fill the stadiums in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne to help us beat the Black Caps and regain the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy.
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