On Tuesday, Australian deputy skipper David Warner backed the flamboyant all-rounder Glenn Maxwell for his gritty knock of 104 runs in the third Test at Ranchi. Warner reckons that the Victorian could be their future all-format superstar batsman.
Maxwell scored his maiden Test hundred in the third Test against India to become the second Australian batsman to smash hundred in all the formats only behind Shane Watson.
During a chat with cricket.com.au, Warner said, "For Maxi, it's about just doing the basics right. Keep doing what he does best at training. The hundred he scored was fantastic and phenomenal and a great boost for him. I think you look at the Twenty20 in Sri Lanka (last year), when he scored the 100 there, I think he's got it in his head that he knows he's got the capacity to do that, to take games away from teams.”
He further added, "To come out here and fight like he did and bat time, it should say to him he can play this format. And looking forward and down the future, hopefully, he can keep playing (Test cricket) for a long time.”
Maxwell is the player who is known for playing a variety of unorthodox cricketing shots in the shorter formats of the game. While after the conclusion of the Ranchi Test he asserted that he wants to play well in all formats consistently. He said, "Hopefully, it just ticks something inside that I can continue to be consistent.”
He further elaborated, "That's always been the biggest thing. The coaches, selectors have always wanted is consistency. If I can keep producing long innings ... batting long periods of time and building partnerships with other players, that's going to go a long way to firstly holding my spot but secondly winning games for Australia."
India and Australia will lock horns for the final time in the series in Dharamsala from Saturday.