New dad David Warner backs reborn Glenn Maxwell to flourish after MCG heroics

SportDate: January 19 2016The Canberra TimesPhoto: Elesa KurtzAustralian Cricket team training session, Manuka OvalDavid Warner Photo: Elesa Kurtz David Warner training at Manuka Oval. Photo: Elesa Kurtz

Dispatched: Glenn Maxwell hits one over the fence during game three against India at the MCG. Photo: Scott Barbour

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For David Warner, it must have been like going back in time and looking into a mirror.

The Australian opener watched Glenn Maxwell’s match-winning 96 against India at the MCG on Sunday by his wife’s side in hospital as they welcomed their second child.

While meeting his little girl Indi Rae was a thrill, Warner also got a huge buzz out of watching Maxwell’s breakthrough international innings.

Like Warner, Maxwell was pigeon holed as a slogger early in his career but after fighting his way into the Test side has established himself as one of the world’s best in the longer format.

Speaking before Wednesday’s fourth match of the five game series at Manuka Oval, Warner believes it’s the breakthrough innings Maxwell needed to press for a Test spot.

Much maligned for his lack of composure at times, Maxwell kept his head to guide Australia to an unassailable 3-0 series lead.

“Candice and the bub are doing well, I’m thrilled it was a nice easy birth and now I can pull myself away and get to work,” Warner said.

“I was glued to the TV, even though I was in the hospital with my wife.

“The way we’re going out there and addressing the situation when we’re batting is phenomenal. I was very, very excited to see Glenn Maxwell go out there, play a mature innings and get us home.

“He’s been picking a lot of people’s brains and that’s the good thing about Maxy, he’s maturing with age and I think we’re yet to see his real talent.

“We saw a glimpse of it the other night [with Melbourne Stars], in the BBL he got 50 off 40 balls or something without a risk.

“What we have to keep reiterating to him is he’s capable of doing that, he doesn’t need to come out and play that big shot from ball one.

“Like all of us we like to hit a boundary in our first ten balls to get us off and going, but it’s exciting to see what he did the other day.

“There are a few critics out there and we’ve all had them before, labelling him a Twenty20 specialist.

“I believe he can be a long form specialist too.”

Maxwell has already shown a liking for the traditionally batting-friendly Manuka deck, blasting 136 off just 89 balls for the Prime Minister’s XI against England a year ago.

Warner made 53 off 50 balls in Australia’s win over South Africa at Canberra last summer.

Australia’s top order has been superb in his absence, but the left-hander was wary of giving his rivals too much of a leg-up.

“It is always good when you get time away from the game, but you don’t want to miss too much cricket because at the end of the day you’re giving an opportunity to someone else,” he said.

“The good thing about Australia is there is so much depth, there’s always pressure on any batter.

“It’s a fickle game, if you’re out of form it can cost your spot for a year or two.”

Off-spinner Nathan Lyon has been recalled to Australia’s squad and looks set to be given a chance to reignite his one-day international career.

Lyon has played just eight ODI’s despite establishing himself as Australia’s first choice Test spinner with 185 wickets in 52 Tests.

A strong showing would significantly enhance his goal of selection for the World Twenty20 at India later this year.

A limited number of tickets to the match will be released at 6pm Tuesday night via Ticketek.

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