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Thursday 1 December 2016
Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell is keen to use the upcoming One-Day International series against New Zealand to cement his place in the national squad.
The 28-year-old, who captured the spotlight of the cricketing fraternity with his record breaking 19-ball fifty for Tasmania in 2010-11 season, was dropped in the recent One-Day International series against Sri Lanka and South Africa due to lack of form.
In the 12 ODIs, Maxwell has played this year, he has scored 228 runs at an average of 25.33 but his performances against New Zealand and South Africa is what that led to his exclusion as he scored just nine runs from five games.
However, Maxwell has managed to find a spot for the three-match ODI series against New Zealand which he wants to use it to win the confidence of the team management and the selectors.
"It is good to be back. Hopefully I will hit the ball and bowl well in the three matches.
"It was quite refreshing for me to work on my game with Victoria. I had some time away from media and coaches and I feel now confident with the way I am hitting the ball. It is good time to be recalled.
"I have changed things slightly technically as well as mentally. The way I start my innings will be the big change in the coming ODI series. I want to get into the game and not throw it away."
Despite, being in the squad, Maxwell's selection in the XI is not guaranteed with Australia having a number of all-rounders in James Faulkner, Mitchell Marsh and the uncapped Hilton Cartwright. However, Maxwell feels such competition is healthy from the team point of view.
"Australia have been traditional in their One-Day stuff. They always had a lot of all-rounders. In the last few years, Faulkner, Watson, myself and Marsh [Mitchell] have juggled around the order.
"Probably, even Aaron Finch is throwing his arm claiming to be an all-rounder. It is healthy competition to have in the group."
Maxwell last played for Australia in the longer format in December 2014 will have to wait for his chances to convince the selectors about his ability to play with the red ball.
Now that the Australian home summer is about to end, the Victorian all-rounder is targeting the away series against India where his spin might come handy too.
"I'm looking more to the India series now having missed the boat for this Australian home summer, with the way that selections have gone," he said.
"Whether that comes from white-ball cricket or any sort of cricket I'm playing, whether they come down and watch me at Fitzroy-Doncaster and see how I'm going in club cricket it doesn't matter."
The three-match ODI series between Australia and New Zealand will be played between 4th and 9th December.
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