Glenn Maxwell believes Steve Smith's criticism of his training was unjust and revealed that a frank chat with Stephen Fleming helped him to earn a recall to Australia's Test side.
Australia captain Smith raised eyebrows when he stated that Maxwell "could train a little smarter" and should ditch the "funky stuff" after he was dropped from the one-day international squad to face England.
Smith and Maxwell met to clear the air before the all-rounder was recalled for the final match of the ODI series, which England won to take the series 4-1.
Maxwell made a century on his long-awaited return to the Test side in India last year, but after missing out on Ashes selection, the 29-year-old took exception to comments made about the way he approached training on tour.
"I thought my training was second to none over there [in India], and probably the reason I was able to get back in the Test team when Mitch Marsh got injured and I was able to make the most of that opportunity," Maxwell told SEN radio.
"I've felt like since then, my work ethic has been solid and I've been able to work on specific parts of my game that are required for upcoming tours.
"I don't think it's any surprise that I've had the results that have followed this year and I'll continue to work on that."
Maxwell said Melbourne Stars coach Fleming - the former New Zealand captain - helped him to focus on making the most of his undoubted ability.
He added: "Training and setting the example was probably one of the first things that I started to work on. He explained how I was perceived from outside, having not worked with me before.
"I tried to change that as quick as I could. I think that was the perfect lead-in for me to get my Test spot back in India and having those discussions off the field with guys who I respect and have played at the highest level has really worked for me."