Australian Twenty20 vice-captain Aaron Finch says Glenn Maxwell has taken his "phenomenal" batting to another level by adding a clinical approach to his destructive talent.
Overlooked for Ashes Test duties and all but one of Australia's one-day matches this summer, Maxwell's future within the national set-up had appeared uncertain.
But after scoring 590 runs at 73.75 in the Sheffield Shield, Maxwell has led the way for Australia during their unbeaten run through the T20 tri-series against New Zealand and England.
The Victorian will head into Friday night's clash with the Black Caps in Auckland as the series' leading run-scorer after blasting 40no, 103no and 39 during the Australian leg.
Long-time friend Finch believes Maxwell's strong form has stemmed from him simply learning when to ease off the accelerator.
"He's been at his destructive best but he's also been at his clinical best and very game-aware," Finch said on Thursday.
"That's probably been the biggest change in his game
"In the past, he's tended to get on a roll and keep going and keep going until you ride your luck a bit too much.
"He knows how to go through the gears now; you get a bit of flow on; you get a bit of a break; you pull it back and you control the game."
Australia's next white-ball assignment is a five-match ODI tour of England in June, with selectors keen to lock down the team who will defend the World Cup next year.
"He was obviously disappointed through that one-day series (against England last month) not to be selected," Finch said.
"But at the end of the day, he averaged 22 for quite a long period of time there and he knows that's not good enough for a frontline batsman in an international team.
"We know how great a striker he is, all the shots he's got. Just that little pulling back 10 per cent at times just to reassess his situation ... he's a phenomenal player when he gets in."