Following the narrow loss against India in the second ODI in Adelaide, Australian coach Justin Langer faced a barrage of questions on his team’s batting order, more particularly about the role of Glenn Maxwell.
The all-rounder from Victoria is currently batting at number seven, performing the role of the finisher. However, many in the media as well as the fans believe Maxwell is too talented and experienced to be batting so low for the defending World champions. Nevertheless, coach Langer reiterated he is batting in his “perfect” position.
“Maxy will be a very important part of our team if we're to win the World Cup," Langer said after Australia's six-wicket loss in Adelaide on Tuesday. "I honestly think, despite the debate, that [No. 7] is his best spot in our team for us at the moment and we'll flick him in (earlier) every now and then when we need a little cameo."
The former Aussie batsman added that despite his reduced importance in the team as a batter, Maxwell is very much part of their 2019 World Cup plans for his other attributes. “For me, Maxi, he's probably the best fielder in the world, we love it, it's contagious his energy. He has been captain of the (Melbourne) Stars, he has got good leadership qualities as well. So if he can come in and put the finishing touches on like he does, it's always a nervous time for an opposition.”
Australia play India in the series decider on Friday in Melbourne and Langar is expected to name an unchanged side.