Past meetings no concern for Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell does not believe Hampshire’s recent struggles against Nottinghamshire will be a factor when the two teams meet at Trent Bridge tomorrow aiming to secure a place at Friends Life t20 finals day.
Notts have beaten Hampshire twice this summer in the Clydesdale Bank 40, with England Lions captain James Taylor playing a starring role on each occasion.
Taylor’s spectacular unbeaten 115 underpinned a 12-run win at the Ageas Bowl in May, and he then struck 74 as the Outlaws triumphed by six wickets on home soil last week.
Despite this, Maxwell - who did not feature in either match - insists Hampshire go into their t20 quarter-final in good spirits, having defeated Essex in dramatic fashion at Chelmsford in their last LV= County Championship fixture.
Adam Wheater was caught on the rope seeking to strike a boundary that would have given Essex victory.
“That’s an unbelievable win in any sort of game - two runs, but especially in a four-day game, going down to the wire like that,” said Maxwell.
“It’s such a team-lifting thing, so hopefully that’s good momentum for us into this Twenty20. Most of those guys are going to play tomorrow night so that’s great for the team.
“They (Notts) might have their tails up going into this game, but I suppose we’ve got the winning momentum now.”
Maxwell is confident Hampshire have learned lessons from their two CB40 defeats at the hands of Mick Newell’s men.
“I think we have learned that we can’t really underestimate them; if we post a good score we can’t really settle on that,” he added.
“Hopefully we can put a lot more early pressure on them and take our early chances. We can’t afford to miss anything against them; we’ve got to be 100% on our game.
“Most of their batters haven’t got a hit in this tournament, because their top three or four have been so good. So if we can take a few early wickets and ruffle some feathers early, we’ll have a real shot at getting under their skin.”
Hampshire’s progress to the last eight has been underpinned by the efforts of Maxwell.
The 23-year-old Victorian cracked 178 runs off 100 balls in his six innings, and was only dismissed on three occasions.
Such sterling form has resulted in Maxwell gaining a first call-up to Australia’s limited-overs squads.
He will therefore be unavailable should Hampshire reach finals day, as the showpiece event clashes with Australia’s tour of the United Arab Emirates for three ODIs and three Twenty20s against Pakistan.
“It will be a frustration when I’m watching,” he admitted.
“It’s not a frustration now, obviously, because of the great news, but as soon as I have to watch cricket I just find it so frustrating.
“It’s going to be tough watching, especially if anyone is making a mistake - I’ll be throwing the TV remote, but I’m sure the boys will be fine without me!”