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Maxwell wants to open more often

UPDATED 19 March, 2013 4:07PM AEST | by Damien Souness, Omnisport 17

Glenn Maxwell has declared he would like to regularly open the batting for Australia following his whirlwind performance in Friday's opening ODI win over the West Indies.

With Australia needing just 71 for victory at the WACA, Maxwell was promoted to the top of the order and blasted an unbeaten 51 off 35 balls.

Australia cruised to victory with more than 40 overs to spare and Maxwell hopes he will be given further opportunities to open the batting in the 50-over format.

"I'd like to have the role of just opening," he said.

"That's always a nice freedom to be given. I think my greatest strength is my batting.

"Yesterday I had a role to play but it wasn't really batting, it was more just trying to hit as many boundaries as possible and trying to get the game over and done with."

Maxwell, who has established himself as a promising all-rounder and has his sights on a Test debut, said the Aussies would not underestimate the West Indies in Sunday's second ODI at the same venue.

"The way we look at it, we started a similar way against Sri Lanka and let things slip pretty quickly," he said.

"We'll be hoping to keep the pressure right on them throughout the whole series and hopefully have a whitewash and get 5-0.

"It would be unrealistic for us not to think 5-0. If we're thinking we want to win 3-2 I think that's negative thinking."

Meanwhile, batsman Usman Khawaja believes he can establish himself as a one-day regular after being called up as a replacement for the injured David Warner.

Khawaja has been touted as a long-term replacement for the retired Mike Hussey but has had limited opportunities for Australia in the shorter forms of the game.

"I always bat best when I'm positive," he said.

"Coming up from grade cricket and all the way through domestic cricket, I've always batted better when I'm trying to score runs.

"I think it helps in one-day cricket because you go out there and you do try to score runs. I think it's just a case of proving that I can score runs in one-day cricket as well as the longer form."

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 02 February, 2013 6:59PM AEST

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