Brutal to tarnish one of my best moments – Maxwell

Glenn Maxwell has expressed shock and disappointment over the indirect allegations of spot-fixing in the Al Jazeera sting operation. As per their sting operation, some of the Australian players were allegedly involved in fixing during the 2017 Ranchi Test. Even as there was no direct reference to the all-rounder in the video, the blurred images shown and the time referred indicated Maxwell’s involvement.

Speaking to SEN Radio, Maxwell said that his century in the Test was one of the most special moments of his life, and he is ‘hurt’ that it has been marred with allegations of corruption. “I was shocked. I was a bit hurt by it as well,” he said. “To have these allegations about your involvement in a game where you’ve only got happy memories about it, great memories… I still remember the feeling after hugging Steve Smith after getting my maiden Test hundred.

“To have that tarnished by these allegations was pretty devastating and obviously there’s absolutely no truth to it whatsoever. It was 100% unfair, to tarnish one of the best moments of my career was pretty brutal. The only thing they could have done worse was tarnish that [2015] World Cup win. They’re two of the best moments of my career. To say I’d done anything untoward in that game, when I’d just finally got back in the Test side – I’d worked my absolute backside off – to say I’d do anything to ruin that would be absolutely ridiculous.”

Maxwell further defended his stance on fixing and said that on occasions where he had suspected something fishy, he had reported about it to the anti-corruption officials. He also admitted that he has sensed things ‘slightly amiss’ several times in T20 leagues, and added that it was lot easier to notice the details when he was leading Kings XI Punjab in 2017.

“I’ve been very honest with them [anti-corruption officers] the whole way through with the IPL,” he said. “If I’ve ever seen anything untoward I always sat down with them, had a long coffee and just talked about everything to make sure nothing ever, ever comes back to me.

“If there’s anything slightly amiss, I always give them a call and make sure they have every bit of evidence they can possibly have. There’s some things you see in the game of cricket where you’re always just a little bit unsure. All the things you do hear in the game, and when it comes out later on you go, ‘Oh, I swear I could have noticed that while I was watching it’.

“It was probably easier when I was captain and I was able to see the way the game was going, and the instructions that I was giving players, and the way the game was moving, I could actually work it out a little better. There wasn’t really anything untoward in the season I was captain, but you could certainly tell from opposition stuff and that’s why I reported certain things,” Maxwell said.

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