Australian batting dynamo has found the key to batting better

Steve Smith found his hands before the one-day series and now Glenn Maxwell has revealed he’s finally got both eyes involved in his batting with stunning effect.

Maxwell endured a lean IPL, scoring just 108 runs in 11 innings, and said he was batting well but “never got a crack”.

Returning home, the Victorian star has revelled in his middle-order role for the Australian one-day side through the opening two games against India.

Maxwell has only faced 48 balls in two innings but has plundered 108 runs, equal to his whole IPL haul, including nine fours and seven sixes, swatting the Indian bowlers all over the SCG.

It’s a scoring spree which has come with a front-on batting stance which Maxwell said wasn’t one he would “recommend for everyone”.

He conceded it was slightly unconventional but one which became necessary to help get both eyes involved in his batting.

“It’s more getting my head level and both my eyes working at the same time,” Maxwell said after his 65 not out on Sunday night.

“When I was side on, as silly as it sounds, it felt like my left eye was closer to the action. I couldn’t get my right eye level with my other eye, I felt like I didn’t have the depth perception right.

“So I tried a few things in the nets and tried an open stance and found that really helped me pick up the ball easier. It might not look like a traditional technique but for me it works.

“I was able to pick up short-pitched bowling a lot easier, pick up length, and it made batting a little it easier for me.”

Maxwell said finding consistency had always been tough coming in lower in the batting order.

But the early platform the Australians are laying at the moment, through openers Aaron Finch and David Warner and Steve Smith at number three, helped Maxwell come out and launch.

“It’s been great to get some momentum in one-day cricket,” he said.

“I think the word consistency gets thrown around a lot and it’s sometimes not easy to find in the lower order, but when the top order is doing its job as well as they are at the moment it makes my role a lot easier.”

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