ODI World Cup: Why Maxwell covered his eyes in Netherlands match

Maxwell smashed a record-breaking 40-ball ODI century against the Netherlands

maxwell-afp Australia's Glenn Maxwell reacts while fielding during the ODI World Cup match against the Netherlands at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi | AFP

Glenn Maxwell was on fire yesterday, both with the bat and with his words. Against the Netherlands, he smashed a 40-ball ODI century – the fastest in World Cup history – to propel Australia to a mammoth 399 for eight. He plundered nine fours and eight sixes on way to a sensational 106 off 44 balls.

Australia then crushed the Netherlands by 309 runs – the biggest in terms of winning run margin in World Cup history.

But Maxwell was not a happy man, thanks to a “horrible” mid-match light show at New Delhi's Arun Jaitley stadium during the Netherlands' chase. He slammed the World Cup organisers for the two-minute spectacle.

"I had something like that light show happen at Perth Stadium during a Big Bash game," Maxwell said. “I just felt like it gave me shocking headaches and it takes me a while for my eyes to re-adjust and I just think it's the dumbest idea for cricketers."

He covered his eyes on the field as the flashing lights came on with thumping beats.

“I just try and cover up as much as I possibly can and ignore it but it's a horrible, horrible idea. Great for the fans, horrible for the players."

Interestingly, his teammate and fellow centurion yesterday, David Warner begged to differ. "I absolutely loved the light show, what an atmosphere. It's all about the fans," he wrote on X (formerly Twitter). "Without you all we won't be able to do what we love."

Australia's third consecutive win put them in the fourth position on the points table. They will next face third-placed New Zealand in Dharamsala on Saturday.

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