Australia's Glenn Maxwell in action in a T20 international.
Australia's Glenn Maxwell in action in a T20 international. Eranga Jayawardena

Maxwell plays it smart for NZ series

CRICKET: Glenn Maxwell says getting dropped from the Australian one-day team gave him time to reflect on his future.

The all-rounder will attempt to get his ODI career back on track starting with the first of three games in the Chappell-Hadlee series against New Zealand at the SCG on Sunday.

Maxwell, who has missed the last five ODIs - which have all been defeats - said that while it had been hard to accept being left out of the team after being a mainstay for a couple of years, he was happy to be able to take stock on his career.

"It was difficult to watch, I suppose,” Maxwell said of the Aussies' 5-0 series defeat in South Africa.

"But at the same time it was quite refreshing to go back and work on my game with Victoria and have that bit of time to myself away from media, away from coaches, and be able to develop my game and get to a stage when I feel really good about it.

"At the moment I feel like I am moving and striking the ball really well and it's a good time to be recalled where I can feel I can hit the ball well.”

Maxwell has had an inauspicious start to the season, getting dropped from the first Sheffield Shield game for Victoria.

He said it was tough to get the axe and also get moved down the order behind wicketkeeper and skipper Matthew Wade.

"I think in that first game I missed out, I had the best (batting) average of anyone on the field,” Maxwell said.

"That's probably a little bit painful at times. Batting below the wicketkeeper is a little bit painful as well.

"I think the wicketkeeper should be batting at seven unless you're trying to squeeze an extra bowler into your line-up.”

Since missing out on that first Shield game, the 28-year-old has not set the world alight, making 10, three, six and 29 in his last four innings, although he did score an 81 against Queensland in his return to the Victorian side.

He has been trying to work on some things in his game, one of those being his approach to the start of his innings.

Accused of going hard too soon, Maxwell said he would be holding himself back if he gets the chance in the series against the Kiwis.

"I changed a few things technically and mentally as well,” he said.

"More so the way I look at the game, the way I start my innings - I think that's going to be a big change as we head into this one-day series.

"It's about making sure I get into the game and not throw it away too early - that's probably the thing I have changed most of all.”

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