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."