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The intensity of scheduled modern cricket means Australia’s impending exit from the T20 World Cup “doesn’t mean anything”, says Glenn Maxwell.

A narrow win over Afghanistan kept alive the hosts’ chances of reaching the semi-finals, but was dependent on Sri Lanka upsetting England on Saturday night.

Had the Poms hailed, the reigning World Cup champions would have crashed out of the tournament on the run after winning four games, losing one and seeing their clash with England rained out.

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While historically teams would contemplate a World Cup defeat for months, if not years, these days, according to Maxwell, there is simply too much international cricket on the roster for the Australians to care.

“You can’t dwell on it. I think you’re moving on pretty quickly,” he said.

“We have the one-day series against England probably 24 hours later, then we have the Big Bash and then we have the four-day cricket.

“Cricket never stops, so you don’t have time to dwell. Maybe when you retire you remember that it would be nice to win it, but that doesn’t mean anything.

“I would have liked us to win, but we didn’t.”

Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell during Australia's win over Afghanistan.  (Photo by Sarah Reed/Getty Images)
Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell during Australia’s win over Afghanistan. (Photo by Sarah Reed/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

The loss to the Kiwis is likely to cost Australia dearly, and Maxwell admitted there have been a number of mistakes in this tournament.

“We were so excited to start the tournament, it was the longest opener we’ve ever had, 15 games in all sorts of places and some pretty mediocre conditions,” he said.

“When that 15th over against India at the Gabba ended, the feeling was almost a sigh of relief and now we can start our tournament.

“We were fresh, pumped up and ready to play and they just had a player who was better that day and that can happen. The opposition has a say in things and almost everything we did was nullified in those first four overs and that might be all it takes in a T20 game.

“It’s disappointing that we couldn’t show how we feel like we’re playing as a group and tonight (against Afghanistan) was a good opportunity to have that complete game and … maybe we should have sent Finchy out for the toss instead of Wadey, who knows . We’ve missed big moments too many times.”

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Maxwell added: “We didn’t put the whole game together.

“Last year during the World Cup there were a few matches where we probably succeeded. We played Bangladesh, West Indies and Sri Lanka the whole game, almost back to back, there were clinical performances, we took the game quickly and we were quite sharp in all areas.

“We’ve missed a few opportunities this year, I feel like hitters have started and not had a lot of success, I don’t think we have any hitters in the top five or ten, we don’t have high hitters, it feels like we’re here and just cut off there.

“It’s a frustration for us, it would be nice to play that game against England and show where we think we are as a team and if you lose that you can carry that you’ve missed the final … and if you win to put yourself in good place. The fact that we had a bad start in the first match of the tournament probably hurt us too.”

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