Glenn Maxwell has been in the news for all the wrong reasons in the last few days. With no substantial scores coming from him in the last three first-class games or the previous List A games, he still found a place in the Australian side for the One-Day International series against New Zealand.
Maxwell was fined for his comments on Matthew Wade and was subsequently left out of the playing XI in the first ODI. Dean Jones, the former Australia player, believes Maxwell needs a mentor, who would help him figure things out.
"I think he really needs a mentor," Jones said on Monday (December 5). "I don't want my sportsmen to come out of cookie moulds. I want them to have a personality and be able to say what they want, but I don't think that was the right forum for him to do it. He's got enough charisma in the way he plays. At the top of his game, he's in our team, first pick, and I think he's going to India.
"But the fact remains that I think he needs a mentor, whether that be Chris Rogers, or Michael Hussey or Mark Taylor or someone like that, who he could speak to and vent. I often did with Stacky or my dad, get it off your chest and then say 'okay, this is what we need to do'."
Jones also acknowledged that Maxwell needs to get runs to make a claim. "I don't think you can be successful in international cricket without having someone you can speak honestly and candidly to. He's a bit of a repeat offender and that's hurting people. Now, is he worth working for? Yep, I think he is, he's got a lot to offer. [R] Ashwin hates bowling to him, that's a fact... but he needs to get some runs," he said.
While Australia cantered to a 68-run win over New Zealand in the first ODI, it was Steve Smith who got the team back to winning ways with a career-best performance. Australia had suffered a top order wobble before Travis Head and Smith took the game away from the visitors.
Jones questioned Australia's tactics to have Mitchell Marsh batting at No. 5. "I can't for the life of me work out how Mitchell Marsh is batting at No. 5, are you telling me Travis Head's not as good a batsman as [Marsh]? What Travis Head did was terrific, but he still lacks a bit of polish," he said.