Maxi working hard to maintain Test success

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Australia allrounder Glenn Maxwell has been hard at work in the off-season to ensure he maintains his success in Test cricket.

Maxwell had to wait a long time before being given a second chance at the longest format but took his chance well hitting a hundred on his return in India.

He was the first man in two years to score a ton for Australia at number six but he hasn’t been resting on his laurels.

Maxwell told AAP that while some teammates have been enjoying the downtime he has been hard at work: “I’ve probably gone the other way.

“Over the last month, I’ve hit the training track pretty hard and just tried to do everything humanly possible to be ready to go once I came up here.

“I’ve been running a fair bit and batting as much as I can, as well as working on my bowling, and just trying to basically get ready for whatever cricket I have to come.”

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Maxwell admits that he draws a lot of confidence from that hundred against India and he will look to that to sustain him in trying times.

He added: “I was extremely proud of being able to come back into the team and perform as well as I did that first innings back in the Test side.

“That was something I hold very close to my heart and it gave me a lot of confidence going forward.”

The allrounder already has competition for his place with seam-bowling allrounder Hilton Cartwright performing well in the training camp in Darwin.