In Recent times, Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has been facing a hard time, especially in the recently concluded series against India where he fell regularly against spin and had a hard time facing Yuzvendra Chahal.
Now with Ashes is about t commence in a period of a month or so, Maxwell has gone through some technical changes in his game to improve his batting. Australia coach Darren Lehmann has said Maxwell’s number six spot is up for grabs, leaving the 29-year-old batsman in a shoot-out with other hopefuls in the domestic Sheffield Shield in the leadup to the first Test in Brisbane on Nov. 23.
Maxwell’s stumbling output aided a self-analysis and he was not fascinated with what he saw on video review. During a chat with a local media, he said, “It was a little bit frustrating watching myself back and going ‘I don’t like what I see there’. I looked back at a lot of footage and I just noticed a few things creeping into my game. I had a very one-day technique where I was able to work the ball sidewards with my hands. I basically got rid of that and made sure I was holding my shape a lot longer.”
He further elaborated, “I’ve really honed a technique that can bat a long period of time and I changed a few things technically to make sure I had a solid defense and something that could sustain long periods of pressure. Unfortunately, the way I got out was a bit disappointing, to have the ball just sort of crawl over my body and get to the keeper was a bit frustrating, but the work I did throughout that period showed me that was I was doing was the right thing.”
Maxwell concluded by talking about the competition he will be facing in upcoming games, he said, “There is some good, healthy rivalry for it and whoever plays well, hopefully, they play well during the Ashes. I think it would be a huge personal accomplishment to hold my spot in the Australian Test team after I’ve had a fair few doubters, especially in the long form of the game. So if I could hold my spot for that period of time and beyond, that would be exceptional.”