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Supplied video obtained Thursday, February 28, 2019 of Glenn Maxwell speaking to reporters in Bangalore after his side’s T20I victory over India. Maxwell hit an unbeaten century to deliver Australia their first limited-overs series win in over a year. Maxwell details his approach to his innings in partnership with D'Arcy Short and his refusal to change the "best bat ever" during his innings. (AAP Video/Supplied/Cricket Australia ) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Glenn Maxwell delivered an insane masterclass.Source:AFP

Glenn Maxwell has long been known as The Big Show since he stepped onto the Australian cricketing scene but the superstar may finally have found his rightful place for the national team.

The 30-year-old Victorian played with maturity but also incredible aggression in both matches of the T20 series in India.

A game one 56 off 43 ball on a wicket everyone else struggled on was impressive but will not be remembered next to his insane 113 off 55 balls — his third T20I century — in the second match, guiding Australia to its first white ball series win since a T20 Tri-Series in New Zealand in February 2018 and first series win in India in any format since 2008.

Maxwell credited his extended run with the Melbourne Stars with his form in T20.

“I was actually quite calm for most of it,” Maxwell said. “Playing the Big Bash before gave me a bit of confidence coming to this tour.

“I’ve been batting at four for the Stars, I’m familiar with my role. I’ve been coming in at two down in the T20 side for the last 12 months, it’s a consistent role for me. I think once I get that consistency of role, you can actually start to see consistency of performances.”

There was little reaction from Maxwell until the job was done.

There was little reaction from Maxwell until the job was done.Source:Getty Images

But Maxwell, who was known for brash and overly aggressive batting early in his career — which lead to some less than flattering dismissals — has shown greater maturity at the crease and pushing for a higher spot in the one-day arena.

It’s led to calls for Maxwell to be promoted.

Gerard Whateley even penned a piece for SEN, calling for Maxwell’s promotion and for Australia to “recognise what he is; he is a generational talent who bats in a manner no Australian batsman ever has and no Australian batsman currently does”.

Whateley even suggests it might be time for Australia to use Maxwell in all three formats of the game.

As for Australian coach Justin Langer?

“We’ll wait and see,” he said.

“We’ll do what’s best for the team I reckon, yeah. We’ll see how we go.”

Langer declared last month that No. 7 was the “perfect” position for Maxwell in the one-day team.

Maxwell credits the Big Bash with his form in India.

Maxwell credits the Big Bash with his form in India.Source:AP

Maxwell is hopeful of opportunities up the order but is hoping he can be just as destructive in the five one-dayers coming up as he was in the T20s.

“It’d be nice to bat higher, but there’s obviously a lot of well-credentialed players in our top four and top five that thoroughly deserve their spot,” Maxwell said.

“So if an opportunity does come up, I’d love to take it.

“Even when I came in tonight, there were 15 overs to go, I think.

“That’s still 15 overs to bat and I was able to get 100, so even if I’m doing that at No. 7 or No. 6 it doesn’t really matter.

“I suppose it’s just about me making the most of opportunities when I do get them.”

The cricketing world went berserk with praise for the incredible innings.

For former Victorian and Australian bowler John Hastings, he thinks number four is the perfect spot for Maxwell — in all forms of cricket.

Speaking on Sport 927’s The Breakfast Club Hastings said Maxwell had “come of age”, crediting Maxwell’s captaincy of the Stars for his success.

“He’s definitely changed. I think he’s now someone who can bat four (for Australia) in all formats of the game,” Hastings said.

“It was absolutely extraordinary. He has seriously turned the corner. He was controlled, he was masterful. He’s matured a lot as a human being both on and off the field.”

Glenn Maxwell is in rare form.

Glenn Maxwell is in rare form.Source:AFP

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Former Australian batting superstar Mike Hussey was also keen to see Maxwell higher in the order.

“I think in form, you want to get your best players facing as many balls as you possibly can,” he told The Follow On podcast.

“I guess the problem over the past few years with Glenn is that he hasn’t been as consistent as the selectors would like. They know how damaging and dangerous he can be which is why they’ve pushed him down to around that number seven role to finish things off.

“But now he’s in rare form, if the situation requires and presents itself, I would be surprised if didn’t push him up the order.”

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