Ponting backs Maxwell to deliver under pressure

Former Australia captain believes all-rounder thrive in testing conditions

Ponting backs Maxwell to deliver under pressure PHOTO: AFP

Former captain Ricky Ponting believes Glenn Maxwell has nothing to prove to anyone and wants the big-hitting 29-year-old to become Australia's batting mainstay in one-dayers.

Maxwell topscored for Australia with a brilliant 62 in Wednesday's first ODI against England, which the visitors lost by three wickets.

Ponting, who is assisting head coach Justin Langer for the tour, called for consistency from the explosive Victorian.

"He (Maxwell) is at his best when the team is in trouble,” Ponting told reporters. “When he goes out at 250 for three, that is when he makes silly mistakes. Well done to Glenn (for his knock), but I am sure he will be analysing his own innings and thinking he could have done a bit better."

Reigning world champions Australia take on England in the second ODI at Cardiff on Saturday.