Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell spoke about the mentality of the Australian cricket teams who never wanted to have anything close to the players of the opposing team until the series was over. There seems to be a distinct culture in Australia.
Probably the main goal of this is to create an enemy in your head and be motivated to win against him without any links. Speaking to The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, Maxwell spoke about it; “It’s weird how if you’re normal to people you actually make friends with them, isn’t it? It’s something I’m really thankful for, I think even looking back to my first couple of years with the Australian side, there was still a bit of that ‘we’re not friends with them during the series, we wait until after the series and you can have your conversations then’”.
Sometimes it is impossible to ignore your opponent, especially when you know him and are friends. Maxwell talked about exactly that: "But you play with everyone throughout the year. I played with [Wanindu] Hasaranga for two seasons in the IPL, then I’m playing a series against him [in Sri Lanka], of course I’m catching up with him between games and talking about different things.
[Dushmantha] Chameera as well, the same thing”.
Glenn Maxwell: I love having fun and I love playing with a smile
Maxwell is a friendly person, and he does not want to have a bad reputation among his colleagues, but also among his fans.
This is precisely why he tries to be good to everyone and maintain friendly relations. “You’re just crossing paths with players all over the place, whether county cricket, IPL, all around the world, so it’s hard to keep that deadpan, killer instinct during the game and just ignoring people,” he said.
“You probably won’t survive in the game if you keep doing that. There’s going to be all of a sudden a reputation about you, and teams won’t want to pick you up. But to be able to play the game hard and fair but still keep your friendships intact, I think is more the modern way of playing.
I know it’s more enjoyable for me, because I love having fun and I love playing with a smile on my face. To be able to play against friends who I consider family sometimes and not shy away from the competition, but still be able to have a good hard contest and never have it get in the way of our friendships off the field”.