Maxwell’s spot topic of de­bate


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Like most in the Aus­tralian cricket camp, rookie pace­man Ja­son Behren­dorff has no idea where Glenn Maxwell should bat.

Maxwell, bat­ting at No.7, faced just five de­liv­er­ies in Aus­tralia’s con­fi­dence-boost­ing win against In­dia in Sun­day’s se­ries-open­ing one-day in­ter­na­tional in Syd­ney.

Maxwell made 11 not out but his lim­ited time at the crease was deemed a waste of his tal­ents by com­men­ta­tors in­clud­ing exs­e­lec­tor Mark Waugh and Shane Warne.As the Aus­tralians ar­rived in Ade­laide on Sun­day ahead of game two in the three­match se­ries on Tues­day, Beh-

ren­dorff openly uncer­tainty about best bat­ting slot.

“To be hon­est, I’m not sure too sure what his right po­si­tion is,” Behren­dorff told re­porters at Ade­laide Air­port.

“But No.7 is a pretty cru­cial role in that mid­dle or­der to­wards the back-end (of an in­nings).

“So if we can have Maxy in in the last few overs, we know that he can hit it to any part of the ground.

“And that is where prob­a­bly he’s more of an all-round role, if he gets a few more overs with the ball you can re­ally jus­tify him at seven.”

Maxwell bowled just two wick­et­less overs and con­ceded 18 runs in the Syd­ney tri­umph.

The Aus­tralians posted 5-288 and re­stricted In­dia to 9-254 with Behren­dorff tak­ing 2-39 on his ODI de­but and fel­low novice pace­man Jhye Richard­son claim-

ad­mit­ted Maxwell’s ing 4-26 and man-of-the-match hon­ours in his fifth ODI.

Behren­dorff said the re­sult was a huge fil­lip for the con­fi­dence of the Aus­tralians.

“To know that we’re a rel­a­tively new team in the ODI set-up, to be able to knock off In­dia, to play re­ally well . . . it was great,” he said. But the 28-year-old left-arm quick said cel­e­bra­tions were short-lived ahead of game two in Ade­laide.

“Of course there’s time for them (In­dia) to come back,” he said.

“It’s a new day on Tues­day, a new game, we all start afresh.

“Yes, we’re up one-nil. But you look at their side, they’re a class out­fit so we will ex­pect them to come back fir­ing and give us a re­ally good fight on Tues­day.

“But we’re feel­ing re­ally good and I know that they’re prob­a­bly hurt­ing a lit­tle bit after a loss.”

Pic­ture: Getty Images

Aus­tralia’s Glenn Maxwell hits out.

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