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Australia v India one-day series: Achieving three huge chases shows why Australia No.1 in ODIs, Glenn Maxwell says

Reaching huge targets thrice in a week to ensure a series victory over India is evidence of why Australia is the world's best one-day team, all-rounder Glenn Maxwell believes.

Maxwell scored 96 from 83 balls at the MCG to lead Australia to a victory target of 296 with three wickets and seven balls to spare on Sunday night. He credited coach Darren Lehmann's urging of a fearless approach to run-a-ball chases as a major factor in the hosts achieving an insurmountable three-nil series lead.

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

"It's amazing the way our team has been playing and the way we've been approaching those chases. I don't think a lot of teams are doing it like we are at the moment, as comfortably as it looks at the moment. To do it three times in a row is pretty phenomenal and probably shows why we're No.1 in the world at the moment," he said.

"It's a backing from the coach to play with everything on the line. It doesn't matter if you die trying, that's fine, as long as you give it a crack. That's what we've been brought up to do, and we've been doing it really well in this series."

Maxwell struck consecutive boundaries in the 49th over, off India's Umesh Yadav, to move just one boundary short of what would have been his maiden international century in front of his home ground. With scores level at that stage, however, his only way to achieve it was with a boundary.

While Maxwell fell to the very next delivery, offering a high chance that was caught at wide mid-off, he said he was prioritising victory over a personal milestone.

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"I just wanted to hit it. I didn't really care where it went, I just wanted to hit it over the infield. Whether it went for one, two ... four [did not matter]. I was just trying to hit it," he said.

Maxwell said he felt confident of victory even when Australia lost their sixth wicket, of Matthew Wade, with 81 runs still required, and he was joined by James Faulkner.

The all-rounder also revealed he has become increasingly hurt by criticism he was too flighty as a batsman, because he had worked so hard in recent months on being able to lead his team to victory rather than just contribute free-scoring cameos.

"I've scored quickly and scored a few runs in one-day cricket but haven't really got the job done, but tonight was a big step forward," he said.

"I'm hoping a lot more innings like that hopefully people will start to forget about the stupid nicknames and the hype and the trick shots. It's something I'm trying to change and it's something I've been really working on.

"It's probably more difficult in the street and that sort of thing, in public when people yell something out. It's something I probably dealt with a lot better early on. Probably more recently [it has been harder] as I've felt I've made big strides, played well in Sheffield Shield cricket, done a lot of good things . . . and I still can't really shake it. That's probably more when it hurts, it gets to you.

"It's not going to be an overnight thing. It's going to be a long process to show I'm ready for the longer version. Hopefully in the next few years I can really show that . . . and find a way back into that Test team."

Australia will announce their squad for the final two matches of the series, to be played later this week in Canberra and Sydney, on Monday morning.