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Glenn Maxwell has insisted Australia will head into the second ODI against England in confident mood despite falling 0-1 behind in 5-match series. World champions Australia managed a meagre 214 at The Oval on Wednesday, Maxwell top-scoring with 62. England, however, then suffered a collapse of their own before stuttering to a 3-wicket win with 6 overs to spare.

Australia are missing several key players, with star batsmen Steven Smith and David Warner serving year-long bans for their roles in March’s ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town, while Ashes-winning fast bowlers Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood are all injured.

But Australia, under new leadership in captain Tim Paine and coach Justin Langer, are determined to restore their reputation on and off the field. And Maxwell was particularly heartened by their bowling display at The Oval ahead of Saturday’s second ODI in Cardiff.

“To be able to push England as far as we did with such a below-par total gives us a lot of confidence,” he told reporters at Cardiff’s Sophia Gardens ground on Friday. ”We couldn’t have batted much worse, but we still gave ourselves a chance at the end.”

As for his own batting performance in London, he added: “I left 13 or 14 overs out there, but having said that, I felt I hit the ball well and stuck to my strengths. I hope it is a building block for the rest of the tournament. It’s a start. But the team is looking for big hundreds and match-winning scores — and 60s are not match-winning scores.”

Maxwell had a spell in the international wilderness while Smith was skipper, but is now looking to give himself every chance to stay in the side: ”I’ve continued to train as hard as I can, try to be the number one trainer for everyone else to aspire to. If I can continue to lead the way on the training track, then I hope that leads to results on the field.”