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Slogger Glenn Maxwell targets baggy green cap

Associated Press
Feb 02, 2013 at 11:22am IST

After showcasing his skills as a brutal slogger in the ODIs, Test aspirant Glenn Maxwell wants to prove he can thrive in the long form of cricket. Maxwell clubbed an unbeaten 51 off 35 balls to lift Australia to a crushing nine-wicket victory over the West Indies in Friday's one-dayer at the WACA Ground.

Set just 71 for victory, Australia reached the total with 40.4 overs to spare, with paceman Mitchell Starc named man-of-the-match after returning figures of 5-20. Maxwell clubbed nine fours and two sixes in his blistering knock.

And after being named in Australia's 17-man squad for the four-Test tour of India, the talented allrounder is desperate to show he can also excel as a batsman in the long format. "I feel like I'm definitely a genuine batsman. I've done a lot of work on my technique over the last few years," Maxwell said.

Slogger Maxwell targets baggy green cap

The allrounder was named in Australia's 17-man squad for the four-Test tour of India.

"(Victorian coach) Greg Shipperd has been a big believer in my technique and I feel that's shone through in Shield cricket. I'd like to get the opportunity to bat all day (in Test ranks)." Maxwell has also worked hard on his bowling in recent years, receiving help from the likes of Test legend Shane Warne and former Victorian players Shawn Flegler and Ray Bright.

"I did a lot of video analysis at the academy in 2009," said Maxwell, who bowls right-arm, off-spin."I had a lot of video footage brought to me about my action and how I had a lot of deficiencies. "I wasn't able to drift the ball away from the right-hander and I was getting a lot of overspin, but not a lot of sidespin."

While Maxwell would love nothing more than to earn a baggy green cap later this month, the 24-year-old remains fully focused on Australia's bid to win the one-day series 5-0. Game two will be played at the WACA Ground on Sunday, and Maxwell said the West Indies shouldn't be taken lightly despite their recent implosion.

"We were talking about it straight after the game, that any day (Chris) Gayle can turn it on and score 200 in a one-dayer and, all of a sudden, we are chasing 370 or 380," Maxwell said. "They can flick it on and off like a switch. They're a very dangerous side."

West Indies coach Ottis Gibson backed the team he picked on Friday to turn the tables. "It's not a situation where you make wholesale changes," Gibson said. "The guys that were picked in the first game were the guys we thought could do the job.

"We back those guys and ... I fully expect we'll bounce back." Allrounder Andre Russell, who missed the series opener with a knee injury, is a chance to return.

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