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Coach non-committal on Maxwell elevation
Glenn Maxwell says he still craves an opportunity higher up the order for Australia's one-day team but coach Justin Langer is yet to be convinced
Sam Ferris in Bengaluru
28 February 2019, 11:18 PM AEST
Glenn Maxwell's return to the middle order of Australia's ODI side appears no closer after coach Justin Langer was non-committal to a positional shift for the star allrounder.
Langer praised last night's incredible match-winning performance by Maxwell, who said after the game he'd "love" an opportunity to bat higher than his current No.7 spot in Australia's 50-over team.
But when asked about a potential move up the order for Maxwell, Langer kept his cards close to his chest.
"We'll wait and see," Langer said on Thursday in Bengaluru.
"We'll do what's best for the team I reckon. We'll see how we go."
Having scored just one half-century in his past 17 ODI innings, Maxwell was demoted to No.7 last November having failed to make the most of his chances when batting in the middle order.
Maxwell said he accepted the reasons why he was moved out of the top six, as explained by captain Aaron Finch, but after producing standout knocks this tour of 56 in Vizag and a brilliant 113no in Bengaluru, now could be the time for a promotion given his red-hot form.
Speaking after last night's seven-wicket win at M Chinnaswamy Stadium that sealed Australia's maiden T20I series win over India, Maxwell said he would be unfazed if he didn't slide up the order but is keen for another crack.
"It'd be nice to bat higher, but there's obviously a lot of well-credentialed players in our top four and top five that thoroughly deserve their spot," Maxwell said.
"So if an opportunity does come up, I'd love to take it.
"Even when I came in tonight, there were 15 overs to go, I think.
"That's still 15 overs to bat and I was able to get 100, so even if I'm doing that at No.7 or No.6 it doesn't really matter.
"I suppose it's just about me making the most of opportunities when I do get them."
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Consistency has been Maxwell's Achilles heel in the past and his coach says if he can repeat his efforts last night on a more regular basis his standing in the game will go to another level.
"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.
"He wants that, we want that and the more he becomes a world-class performer, the more games we win and the more he gets recognised as a great player."
Australia and India now turn their attention to the five-match ODI series starting in Hyderabad on Saturday.
Qantas Tour of India
First T20: Australia won by three wickets
Second T20: Australia won by seven wickets
First ODI: March 2, Hyderabad
Second ODI: March 5, Nagpur
Third ODI: March 8, Ranchi
Fourth ODI: March 10, Mohali
Fifth ODI: March 13, Delhi