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Maxwell’s ODI batting slot up in the air

By AAP Newswire

Like most in the Australian cricket camp, rookie paceman Jason Behrendorff has no idea where Glenn Maxwell should bat.

Maxwell, batting at No.7, faced just five deliveries in Australia's confidence-boosting win against India in Sunday's series-opening one-day international in Sydney.

Maxwell made 11 not out but his limited time at the crease was deemed a waste of his talents by commentators including ex-selector Mark Waugh and Shane Warne.

As the Australians arrived in Adelaide on Sunday ahead of game two in the three-match series on Tuesday, Behrendorff openly admitted uncertainty about Maxwell's best batting slot.

"To be honest, I'm not sure too sure what his right position is," Behrendorff told reporters at Adelaide Airport.

"But No.7 is a pretty crucial role in that middle order towards the back-end (of an innings).

"So if we can have Maxy in in the last few overs, we know that he can hit it to any part of the ground.

"And that is where probably he's more of an allround role, if he gets a few more overs with the ball you can really justify him at seven."

Maxwell bowled just two wicketless overs and conceded 18 runs in the Sydney triumph.

The Australians posted 5-288 and restricted India to 9-254 with Behrendorff taking 2-39 on his ODI debut and fellow novice paceman Jhye Richardson claiming 4-26 and man-of-the-match honours in his fifth ODI.

Behrendorff said the result was a huge fillip for the confidence of the Australians.

"To know that we're a relatively new team in the ODI set-up, to be able to knock off India, to play really well ... it was great," he said.

But the 28-year-old left-arm quick said celebrations were short-lived ahead of game two in Adelaide.

"Of course there's time for them (India) to come back," he said.

"It's a new day on Tuesday, a new game, we all start afresh.

"Yes, we're up one-nil. But you look at their side, they're a class outfit so we will expect them to come back firing and give us a really good fight on Tuesday.

"But we're feeling really good and I know that they're probably hurting a little bit after a loss."