Glenn Maxwell and David Warner both smashed centuries and records on Wednesday night against the Netherlands at the ODI World Cup – but the pair have butted heads about the lightshow at Delhi’s Arun Jaitley Stadium.
Australia‘s World Cup campaign is gathering momentum after they demolished the Netherlands by a record 309 runs in Delhi on the back of Maxwell blasting the fastest century in tournament history.
After starting the World Cup in India with two-straight disappointing defeats, Australia made it three wins in a row by showing no mercy against the Dutch, who last week upset red-hot South Africa.
However, Maxwell was left shielding his eyes while fielding during the match as a nightclub-style lightshow spectacle took place at the ground.
The decorated all-rounder slammed the ‘dumb’ idea after collecting player-of-the-match honours.
Maxwell said the lightshow at Delhi’s Arun Jaitley Stadium was a ‘dumb idea’ for players
Maxwell’s comments were shot down by Warner who said he loved the lightshow
‘Well, I had something like that light show happen at Perth Stadium during a Big Bash game,’ Maxwell said.
‘And I just felt like it gave me shocking headaches and it takes me a while for my eyes to readjust and I just think it’s the dumbest idea for cricketers.
‘So 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.’
Warner, a fan-favourite in India, took to social media after the match and disagreed his teammate’s stance.
‘I absolutely loved the light show, what an atmosphere,’ he wrote.
‘It’s all about the fans. Without you all, we wouldn’t be able to do what we love.’
Cricket fans on X had a field day with the remarks from Warner, with many insisting a clear rift between the players has emerged.
But it was the enigmatic Maxwell who will rightfully hog the headlines for days to come after putting together an innings remarkable even for him.
Maxwell had to shield his eyes from the lights which he says can cause headaches
Maxwell stole the show on Wednesday night registering the fastest World Cup century ever
After not facing a ball until the 41st over, coming to the crease at 4-266, the 35-year-old raced to his third ODI ton in just 40 balls.
Maxwell was out for 106 from 44 balls in the final over after an explosive innings full of reverse ramps that included nine fours and eight sixes.
Living up to his old nickname of ‘The Big Show’, Maxwell smashed the previous record for fastest World Cup century, set by South Africa star Aiden Markram (49 balls) at the same ground just 18 days ago.
Maxwell also beat his own Australian record for quickest ODI ton, made at the 2015 World Cup against Sri Lanka.
Dutch bowler Bas de Leede was on the end of much of Maxwell’s hitting with his figures of 2-115 the most expensive in ODI history.
The Victorian’s fireworks overshadowed David Warner becoming Australia’s outright leading century-maker in ODI World Cups after blasting 104.
The veteran opener posted his sixth ton in the 50-over format’s premier tournament, going past Ricky Ponting’s five centuries.