Maxwell targets Test return with Australia


Glenn Maxwell hopes to challenge negative perceptions of his attitude and secure a return to Australia's Test side with consistent performances.

After an impressive 96 inspired Australia to a series-clinching victory in the third one-day international against India in Melbourne on Sunday, the 27-year-old said he has been developing his game in a bid to return to the long form of the game.

Maxwell garnered the nickname 'The Big Show' during the early stages of his career due to his confident style and penchant for extravagant shots but he has played only three Tests and not featured in the format since October 2014.

The all-rounder wants to shake off the showman tag and focus on producing strong displays to earn a return to the Test team, though he acknowledged there is still plenty of work ahead.

"It's not something that's going to happen overnight by one innings, it's going to be a slow grind," said Maxwell.

"I'm going to have to change a lot of perceptions about how I'm seen and I'm hoping a lot more innings like that and people will forget the stupid nicknames, the hype and the trick shots. It's something I'm trying to change and it's something I'm really working on.

"For the [Melbourne] Stars [in the Big Bash League] I felt like I batted really well and controlled a few games. It's been a massive work in progress, I've been doing some stuff off the field on the mental side of the game, which I think is probably one of the most important things, that's one of the key things I've changed.

"I've never looked to be an attractive batsman, I always just try to get the job done. It's something I've probably failed to do over the last few days. I've scored quickly and scored a few runs in one-day cricket but I think tonight was a big step forward."

The fourth match in the five-game ODI series takes place in Canberra on Wednesday.