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Australian Coach Justin Langer shuts down Maxwell talk

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Glenn Maxwell, following his series-winning century against India, said that he prefers batting higher for Australia in ODIs. His 55-ball 113 at number four steered Australia to a seven-wicket victory against India in the second T20 International.

“In my case tonight, when I came out, it was 15 overs to go I think. And as long as I get a 80 or a 100 out of that, if I am doing that at a No 6 or a 7, it doesn’t really matter. It’s just me making the most of the opportunities when I get them,” said Maxwell.

“It’s not easy to just come here and go like that because the ball is a lot older, the wicket’s gone a lot quicker here. Even tonight at the end of the game, the wicket was sort of drying out and there was scuffs all over it.”

Maxwell believes that in ODIs, he will find it difficult to make a difference at No 7 on most occasions and a promotion in the batting order may suit his game.

Glenn Maxwell says he still craves an opportunity higher up the order for Australia’s one-day team. Photo: Getty Images

“In one-day cricket, it’s not as easy to go at the end. So, it would be nice to bat higher up but it depends on what happens in the top four or top five. If the opportunity does come up, I’d like to take,” he said.

Langer shuts down Maxwell talk, supports out-of-form Finch

Australia’s coach Justin Langer has brushed off Glenn Maxwell’s suggestion he wants to bat higher up the order in the ODI team following his match-winning displays in the Twenty20 series victory over India.

When asked if it’s more likely Maxwell will ascend up the order if he extends his current form, having also top-scored in Australia’s tour-opening T20 win in Vizag, the coach remained noncommittal.

“We’ll do what’s best for the team I reckon, yeah. We’ll see how we go,” Langer said.

Langer was suitably impressed with the Victorian’s 55-ball knock, in which he stoked seven fours and smacked nine sixes at M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

“He played really well, didn’t he? He’ll be the first to say it – that’s what we’ve been crying out for some time from him,” Langer said.

“It just goes to show what he can do. When he does things like that, he elevates himself to a world-class performer.”

Langer declared last month that No.7 was the “perfect” position for Maxwell in the one-day team and, based on Thursday’s comments, it seems he might still hold the same opinion.

Allan Border last month argued Maxwell was “wasted” at No.7.

Australia head coach Justin Langer has spoken of his confidence that white-ball captain Aaron Finch will find form again sooner rather than later.

Finch was only able to contribute eight off seven balls as his side beat India by seven wickets in the second T20I of their two-match series.

His form for Australia in the shortest format has fallen off a cliff over the past 10 matches he has managed a high score of 28 and averaged just 7.50, but Langer is confident that this will change soon.

Australia’s T20I captain Aaron Finch and coach Justin Langer Getty Images

“He’s such a good player, such a good person, captain of the team, we know he’ll come good,” Langer said.

“We just got to keep giving him plenty of care and support. We know he’ll come good. There’s no more destructive player in the world – we talk about ‘Maxi’ (Glenn Maxwell), Marcus Stoinis, a number of our players who can be so destructive – but when he’s going, he is as destructive as a player as there is in white-ball cricket.”

“We know he’ll come good and we’ll be patient with him.”

Despite his poor personal performance, Australia were still able to win the match and Langer credited Finch’s leadership qualities for playing a significant part.

“My experience of every captain, the most important thing is they’re playing really good cricket,” Langer remarked.

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