Glenn Maxwell was dropped from the Australian team after scoring three runs in the first two matches © AFP
Glenn Maxwell was dropped from the Australian team after scoring three runs in the first two matches © AFP

After his match winning knock against West Indies in Match 8 of tri-nation series, Glenn Maxwell has revealed being axed from the side in previous games made him work harder to get a comeback. Maxwell was dropped from the Australian team after scoring mere 3 runs in the first two games. He was then left out for Match No. 4 and 5 against South Africa and West Indies respectively. Having got a chance to show his ability one more time, Maxwell didn’t disappoint, scoring 46 from 26 balls to help Australia beat hosts West Indies in Match 8 to qualify for the final. ALSO READ: Glenn Maxwell’s innings against West Indies left me speechless, says Mitchell Marsh

Speaking about being dropped from the side, reported Maxwell say“Trevor Hohns told me I was dropped … I’d tried to avoid him for most of the session. As much as you feel like you’re hitting the ball well and training well, results are always in the back of your mind.”

“After a couple of not great results in the first two games, it hurt being dropped at that stage. When you feel so ingrained in that side for such a long time, ODI Player of the Year, you feel like you need to be there.”

“It’s a team I want to be playing in for the next few World Cups, Champions Trophies, series in Australia, everything. I want to be part of that one-day side every game we play. So it hurt at the time but it probably motivated me to train a bit harder and re-assess where I needed to get better.”

Despite having scored a quickfire 46 against Windies to win his side the match, Maxwell revealed he was nervous coming into the game. ”I’ve been pretty nervous in a few innings for Australia, but I was pretty nervous sitting in the sheds waiting to come out, especially since it was my first hit back from being dropped. And it’s amazing how you get a little bit of luck early on. I played and missed at one and I’ve been nicking those in the past five or six games.”

“Even though that doesn’t look like a lot of luck … you can get through it. If you look back to the New Zealand series (in February) … everything that I did wrong, I was out. So it was nice to make a mistake and get away with it early, which is sometimes what you need as a batter.”

“In those sort of situations (you need to) capitalise on it and I felt like I did that tonight. I know my method and what’s been successful for me. I don’t really try and change that. It’s just about being a bit more clinical and making sure (of it) in those little moments.”