“To be honest, I didn’t know I was going to play,” said Madhevere. “was told [on Saturday] I wasn’t going to play but found out Sean wasn’t doing very well with the elbow and then the coach told me I was playing.
“Normally I’m nervous the day before, especially when I know I’ll be playing, but today I was a little relaxed.”
Madhevere, however, is looking to take on the No. 3 role in a more permanent capacity, having made 5 and 2 on the position on previous hits there, in the recent series against India.
“I see myself hitting there, it’s one of the crucial positions if you want to be exposed to the pressure, so that’s one of the most important areas and I quite like that challenge,” he said. “It also helps me grow as a cricketer if I’m exposed to it now, then it will be easier for me in the future.”
He steadily built up against seam and spin, reaching his fifty from 67 balls, and said he found the Townsville surface similar to the one he had played on when he was at school in South Africa.
“I enjoyed it very much,” he said. “I was exposed to those kinds of conditions while I was in school, so I knew what was going on.”
The second ODI will take place on Wednesday.