Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell says he considers himself a true batsman, following his half-century against the West Indies on Friday, and feels he could make the switch to Test cricket if required.
Maxwell made 51 in the first ODI against the Windies, which the Aussies won by nine wickets, and he enjoyed opening the batting. He now feels that his technique has improved enough to make the step to white gear, and he will be able to tone his big hitting down.
Maxwell said: "I feel like I'm definitely a genuine batsman. I've done a lot of work on my technique over the last few years. [Victoria coach] Greg Shipperd has been a big believer in my technique and I feel that's shone through in Shield cricket.
"I've played some good Shield innings where I've played technically really good cricket. I'm hoping I can showcase that when the opportunity arises, but yesterday wasn't really the time to do it.
"I'm sure if I get the chance to play Test cricket I'll probably be a bit more reserved."
His average in ODI cricket, where he has played eight matches, is nearly 33 and his strike rate is over 111. He has only one first class century though, and will need to up his stats if he to be considered for the five-day side.