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MCG magic 'just a glimpse': Warner

Trailblazing opener says maturing allrounder ready to prove he's not just a T20 slogger

Opener David Warner says Glenn Maxwell's match-winning innings on Sunday night was only a glimpse of what the divisive allrounder is capable of.

Warner, returning to Australia's squad for the fourth Victoria Bitter One-Day International against India in Canberra on Wednesday, said the birth of his second daughter last week didn't stop him from watching his teammates storm to a unassailable 3-0 series lead.

And the left-hander was thrilled with Maxwell's match-of-the-match performance at the MCG, arguably the best innings of the 27-year-old's three-and-a-half year stint in Australian colours.

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Maxwell's career has followed a similar path to that of Warner; both were heavily criticised in their early years and pigeonholed as limited overs specialists. Warner has since proved his doubters wrong and forged a Test career that already includes 16 centuries, a standing as the world's fifth ranked batsman and the vice-captaincy.

Maxwell concedes the jury is still out in the court of public opinion, but Warner says his teammate can follow his lead and translate his power-based games to the Test arena.

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"I think it's great that everyone was able to see that (on Sunday night) and know what (Maxwell) is capable of," Warner said.

"Because there are a few critics out there, we've all had them before, labelling him a Twenty20 specialist.

"I believe he can be a long-form specialist too. I think he's been picking a lot of people's brains and that's the good thing about Maxi.

"He's maturing with age and I think we're yet to see his real talent. I think we saw a glimpse of it the other night."

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Maxwell has averaged more than 50 in ODI cricket over the past 12 months, including his maiden international century during the ICC Cricket World Cup, and he also averaged 50 with the bat during the first half of the Sheffield Shield season.

The right-hander says the recent ODI series in England and his form in BBL|05, where he twice posted half-centuries in successful run chases for the Melbourne Stars, has fast-tracked his development.

"Over the past few months it's probably clicked a little bit," Maxwell said on Sunday night.

"Batting at five (in the ODI team) and realising the role I have to play and understanding that not every day I'm going to come in in the last 10, 15 overs and I have a licence to hit every ball for 4 or 6.

"It's not always going to be like that that, so it's about adapting.

"Early on in my career I probably got a little too excited about trying to strike at 150 each game and be the match winner in each game and I didn't really finish a job.

"I felt I made good strides in England and had some good innings and I think even more recently for the Stars I felt I've done well and controlled some of the games.

"It's been a massive work in progress.

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"I've been doing some stuff off the field around the metal side of the game, which is the most important thing. So that's one of the key things I've changed."

Warner says the past 12 months have shown Maxwell that he's capable of playing within himself.

"We've got to reiterate to him that he's capable of doing that," Warner said. "He doesn't need to come out and play that big shot from ball one.

"Like all of us, he likes to hit a boundary in the first 10 balls to get off (and running).

"I'm really excited to keep playing alongside him and following his career."

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