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Bangladesh vs Australia 2017: 5 key players for the visitors

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848   //    24 Aug 2017, 21:47 IST

#4. Glenn Maxwell

Australian Cricket Three Day Match: Day 1
Maxwell is Australia's X factor

In 2012, England arrived in Mumbai after losing the first Test against India and until the second day of the Mumbai Test, looked set for another defeat.

But then Kevin Pietersen happened. The swashbuckling batsman slammed 186 runs off 233 balls to give the visitors a crucial first-innings lead. India crumbled in the second innings and then England never looked back and returned home after pocketing the series 2-1.

In 2015, at Galle, Dinesh Chandimal's counter-attacking knock of 162 from 169 balls resulted in Sri Lanka pulling off an impossible Test win against India while in 2016, Dhananjaya de Silva amassed 129 from 280 balls to help Sri Lanka win a memorable Test against Australia.

All three innings were match-winning innings and lasted for little time. But they had the audacity to change the fate of the game. And in the current Australian team, the batsman who can produce such nerveless innings is Glenn Maxwell.

The right-hand batsman is a natural hitter of the ball and in Tests, his aggressive batting can turn the tables in no time. Importantly, Maxwell is an effective player of spin and has in his armoury plenty of sweeps, paddle-sweeps, and reverse-sweeps.

Undoubtedly, he is Australia's X- factor in this series and even if he explodes in just one innings, it will be sufficient for Australia to win a game.

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