Steve Smith believes Glenn Maxwell can’t be asked to totally distance himself from unconventional Cricket as he is better than a lot of players in terms of batting-creativity, but, he must choose the right moment to use that skill of his.
As per Smith, if Maxwell comes to the centre and finds more fielders being stationed backward of square on the off side than general for the switch shots that he can play, it means the opponent is already wary of him and is being defensive and he just has to be a little smart there and look for the empty places in the other areas.
If four fielders are in charge of looking after the region from the short third man to the cover point, the sweeper cover might not be there or there might be a big space somewhere on the leg side through which the ball can be sent to the boundary hoardings with a percentage shot.
Maxwell is blessed with a full batting game to utilize any empty area available. No shot is out of his reach to execute. It’s just that he has to see what the opponent is setting him up to do and then, not to play into their hands, but, to play safe Cricket as long as the team is in command in regards to that particular game.