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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Batting dynamo has the support of Test great and former selector Mark Waugh to pay India

Former selector Mark Waugh says form should be the one and only guide for picking the Test team in another strong push for batting dynamo Will Pucovski to open with David Warner against India in Adelaide.

Australian coach Justin Langer, also a selector, has suggested his preference is to stick with Joe Burns because of the partnership he formed with Warner at the top of the order last summer in series wins over Pakistan and New Zealand.

Chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns said Warner would be consulted because “it’s important (Warner) is comfortable as well”.

“We certainly do consult players on such issues,” he said.

But Waugh, who was a selector from 2014-18, serving with Hohns, said he couldn’t remember ever asking a player about selection beyond “a chat at the airport” and Warner should bat with whoever is picked.

“There has been a lot of push for Joe Burns to be picked because David Warner wants to bat with him, which is not on,” Waugh said.

“David Warner bats with whoever is selected.

“You pick the best player, the best two opening batsmen. Whoever it is they can work out how to bat with each other.

“As far as batting is concerned, I think the most important thing to focus on is obviously the position, a specialist position and whether you‘re in form or not.

“There’s a bit of credit for experience and runs beforehand. But it’s all about the form rather than who someone wants to bat with.”

Waugh said he would go with 22-year-old Pucovski, who scored two double-hundreds for Victoria to earn selection in the Test squad, ahead of Burns, who didn’t pass 30 in five innings for Queensland.

“If I was selecting I would go with Will Pucovski. I think he’s just in such great form and you strike while the iron is hot,” he told RSN.

“I know the Australia A game (against India next month) is going to have a bearing on selection. But at the moment I would pick him because he is the form player.

“When you are not making runs you open up discussions about your spot, and that’s been the case with Joe Burns.”

Earlier this week Warner said he didn’t think Burns “did anything wrong last summer” when the pair averaged 60 batting together.

The veteran opener said he would be “honest” if asked by selectors but would also bat with whoever was picked.

“It‘s on the selectors to pick the team and I’ve got to be happy with that and embrace it,” he said.

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