Gillette ODI Series v India
Maxwell's position still up in the air
Victorian set to bat lower down the order again after Australia's victory in the first ODI
13 January 2019, 04:15 PM AEST
Rookie paceman Jason Behrendorff concedes he has no idea where Glenn Maxwell should bat in the order after the allrounder came in at No.7 in Saturday’s Gillette ODI Series opener against India.
Maxwell faced just five deliveries in Australia's confidence-boosting win at the SCG, coming to the crease in the 48th over after Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb all scored half-centuries up the order.
Maxwell made 11 not out but his limited time at the crease was deemed a waste of his talents by Fox Cricket commentators, including ex-selector Mark Waugh and Shane Warne.
As the Australians arrived in Adelaide on Sunday ahead of game two in the three-match series on Tuesday, Behrendorff openly admitted uncertainty about Maxwell's best batting slot.
"To be honest, I'm not sure too sure what his right position is," Behrendorff said.
"But No.7 is a pretty crucial role in that middle order towards the back-end (of an innings).
"So if we can have Maxi 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 allround role, if he gets a few more overs with the ball you can really justify him at seven."
Maxwell bowled 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 paceman Jhye Richardson claiming 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."
Gillette ODI Series v India
Australia ODI squad: Aaron Finch (c), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wk), Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitch Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Peter Siddle, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Adam Zampa
India ODI squad: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Vijay Shankar, Shubman Gill
First ODI: Australia won by 34 runs
Second ODI: January 15, Adelaide Oval (D/N)
Third ODI: January 18, MCG (D/N)