Glenn Maxwell is eyeing a spot in Australia's Ashes squad    Getty Images (File Photo)
Glenn Maxwell is eyeing a spot in Australia’s Ashes squad Getty Images (File Photo)

Australia have already started preparing for The Ashes 2017-18 weeks ahead of the first Test on November 23. Batsmen and bowlers alike are sweating it out in domestic Sheffield Shield matches to get match-fit for the marquee series against England. Under-firing cricketer, Glenn Maxwell is hopeful of a spot in the playing XI.

Maxwell had a torrid time against India in the recently concluded One-Day International (ODI) series. In a bid to change his fortunes, Maxwell is looking to change is batting technique. Speaking to Australian media, Maxwell 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.

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Australian coach, Darren Lehmann in a recent interview had said that Maxwell s no.6 spot in the Test side is up for grabs.

Speaking about his technique, Maxwell explained, 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.

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 criticized himself.

Maxwell from 7 Tests averages 26.07. He faces stiff competition from Joe Burns and Shaun Marsh, both of whom have better averages than the feisty right-hander.

There is some good, healthy rivalry for it and whoever plays well, hopefully they play well during the Ashes, Maxwell concluded.