Getting axed sparked greater effort from Maxwell

Australian middle-order batsman Glenn Maxwell has admitted that being dropped from the ODI side stung and prompted him to push to get back into the side.

Maxwell returned to the side for Tuesdays victory over the West Indies, smashing 46 from 26 balls and has opened up about how he let complacency slip into his game.

The Victorian was dropped after being dismissed leg before against South Africa, with replays showing the decision was incorrect, Maxwell told AAP that he felt hurt when he got the axe: "That's probably why I was so disappointed to be dropped at that stage,

"Because I just felt like I hadn't really had a real chance to show what I've got, or show what form I've been in or felt in, during this tournament.

"You feel so ingrained in that side for such a long time … you feel like you need to be there.

"It hurt at the time but it probably motivated me to train a bit harder and just reassess where I needed to get better.

"Anyone who's dropped knows exactly what they have to do. They just have to work harder and train harder. I felt like I trained really well over the last week or so and did everything I could to get myself back on that team list."

Maxwell was four short of a half century on Tuesday, but feels it was vital that her remained out in the middle until the end, saying: "Being not out was probably the key thing,

"And something the Australian cricket team has probably wanted more of me over the last couple of years.

"I've been working as hard as I can in the nets to make sure I've been clinical … it's not just clearing the fence. It's defence, good technical play. To finish it with an over to go was quite a clinical ending."

His innings of 46 included a switch-hit six off the number one ODI bowler, Sunil Narine, but Maxwell admits he got a bit lucky and that he didn't pick the ball, saying: "I wasn't picking him so I was just trying to hit it,

"I was trying to hit him over cover because I thought he was going to bowl an off-spinner into my hip. So I thought if I could get it over cover, even if I didn't get it, I was going to get two. And it was the other one that just spun perfectly into the bat, which was handy."

The return to the team for Maxwell was accompanied by the return of his good fortune, the batsman admitted it felt good to get away with an error after a string of bad luck: "I had a little bit of luck.

"I played and missed once or twice. That's all you need … it's nice to make a mistake and get away with it. Everything just felt really clear out there … really obvious (on what to do)."

The West Indies and South Africa meet on Friday to determine who will take on Australia in the final on Sunday.

 

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