Determined Maxwell: ‘I’ll do whatever it takes’
Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell says he was surprised to get a phone call from selector Rod Marsh to say he'd been dropped from the ODI side, especially after being called to the A-side in the same 24 hours.
Maxwell was a big name missing from the ODI squad to face Sri Lanka, with the selectors citing his lack of consistency with the bat over the past few months. He conceded that he'd not been as focused as he'd like.
Maxwell explained to cricket.com.au: "I've never questioned my commitment to my country and trying to do as well as I possibly can,
"I think just going from tournament to tournament to tournament, and playing so much cricket, all you're thinking about is game day.
"You're probably not concentrating so much on training days or gym days or recovery days, and (instead) just making sure you're ready for game day.
"I was so much in game-day mentality that I was probably starting to miss those little things – I wasn't quite as focused on those little things as much as I should've been."
He said of his contrasting emotions when he was told of his omission: "It was a weird change in a day.
"I got the call from Trevor the night before, to join Australia A to play some four-day cricket, which I was really excited about, then the next day, Rod (Marsh, chief selector) gives me a call and lets me know about (his omission from the ODI tour squad for) Sri Lanka.
"So it was a pretty big mood swing. It was a pretty tough day, that's for sure.
"I was a bit thrown around, but there's plenty of positives; lots of players miss out on squads and get dropped at different times, and you see their character shine through.
"I'm hoping I can show mine and get back in that squad and show that I deserve to be there."
But he was determined to remain upbeat, despite having to watch the series from the sidelines: "It is hard.
"I'm going to be watching on TV and seeing Australia play in coloured clothing and I'm not going to be there, but it's one of those things where it'll probably only drive me to train harder and make sure I'm there for the next tour.
"I've shown (my value to the side) in different times. Whenever Australia have been in trouble, I've generally been there to get us out of it.
"Myself and George Bailey, I felt like we've been the glue in that middle order for three or four years now, so to not be there in the squad is very disappointing, but as I said, I know exactly what I have to do now, and that's to score runs consistently.
"If that means reining in a few shots, I'll do whatever it takes."
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