After watching from the dressing room for most of the innings, Glenn Maxwell hits out for Australia at the SCG on Saturday. Picture: Dan Himbrechts/AAP
After watching from the dressing room for most of the innings, Glenn Maxwell hits out for Australia at the SCG on Saturday. Picture: Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Border goes into bat for underused Maxwell

ALLAN Border has added his voice to the growing chorus calling for Glenn Maxwell to be moved up the Australian order in ODI cricket.

The big-hitting right-hander was played at No.7 and faced just five balls in the first match against India after coming in during the 48th over.

He scored an unbeaten 11 in a brief cameo that left past players wanting more and questioning why such a talent would be batted so low.

Shane Warne said Maxwell was a "dangerous" player with great innovation who should be given the chance to face more balls in an ODI.

Mark Waugh added on Fox Cricket: "I don't know about this batting order. I'd really like to see Glenn Maxwell in. He's still sitting in the shed."

Former Australia captain Border said he liked seeing Maxwell bat anywhere in the team, but believed his talents might be wasted so low down the order.

"It feels to me that he's slightly wasted in that position," he said during a Q and A for foxsports.com.au.

"Hopefully going forward he can be used as not a pinch-hitter but, depending on the circumstances of the game, you could throw him in at No.3 if you had a good start for example.

"That would let him play with a bit of freedom."

Border also offered his support to Maxwell's Test credentials after the Victorian was overlooked for yet another red-ball series when the 13-man squad to face Sri Lanka was named.

He said the batting all-rounder would be worthy of a Test spot, although he hadn't made enough runs at Sheffield Shield level to demand it.

"I think he's a good enough player to be playing Test cricket but I think the ball is in his court as far as putting numbers on the board to make him irresistible," Border said.

"So (he should) go away, dominate Shield level and the selectors will look at him for sure.

"Now we're in BBL mode it's difficult, but I feel that he hasn't quite done enough at the moment, but he's not far away."

News Corp Australia

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