Cricket news - If the team needs me to bat at 7, I am happy to do that: Maxwell

Maxwell opted to take a break from training to rejuvenate and refresh ahead of the India series.

Maxwell opted to take a break from training to rejuvenate and refresh ahead of the India series.

Virender Sehwag had called Glenn Maxwell a "10-crore cheerleader" in view of his dismal returns in the Indian Premier League 2020. It was the first time that Maxwell went through an entire season of the IPL without hitting a six, finishing with just 108 runs in 13 innings, averaging just 15.42, striking just at 101.88.

"It didn't have anything to do with the pitches at all," said Maxwell on Friday (November 20). "I suppose it was more to do with the amount of time I had left in the game most of the times. I was either rebuilding or trying to go from ball one with only a couple of balls left. If you don't hit it, you're in a bit of trouble. I don't take too much out of it. I'm still training as hard as ever and still working on the right things.

Maxwell is now in Sydney after having returned from the UAE in a bubble where the government has allocated three hours a day for training. However, Maxwell has opted to take a break to rejuvenate and refresh ahead of the India series rather than repeat his training routine in the UAE where he felt he overdid it.

"It was just about getting outside for 3 hours and enjoying some fresh air. I sort of put the tools down a little bit, just try to work on fitness, have a bit of a run around and just try and stay mentally fresh and get ready for what's a big summer coming up.

"I've probably overdone it as far as training goes in UAE. I went pretty hard and I felt I need a bit of a break. And the staff here have been really good at making sure that each individual has the best plan going to the next series. Everyone's looking forward to hit the ground running when we hit this Indian series. I haven't really picked up a bat for a while. So, looking forward to getting back to it."

The poor run with the bat in the IPL hasn't fazed Maxwell too much, who believes that the mental health break he took last year holds him in good stead in order to face struggles related to form or even the ones that the pandemic has thrown up.

"I think in hindsight, it was a very good time to go through something like that where I was able to sort of put some groundwork into deal with adversity. This year has certainly been a massive test of it and just sort of put some of my learnings and help other people through it as well. And be a shoulder for other people to lean on. It's something that I probably didn't expect last year but to be able to handle different kinds of tough periods and being able to help myself through those tough periods has been very keen as well.

"I'm better equipped with dealing with those sorts of things now. And just looking at the bigger picture and understanding my role within the Australian side, trying to put the IPL aside and think about the bigger picture of what I need to do to get ready for every game and just know that I'm doing the right things and that when the time comes, when I need it, I can still perform really well."

Maxwell has now been away from home since August when Australia had toured England. He scored his second one-day century in the final game of the series, smashing seven sixes in his knock of 108. Maxwell batted at No.7 in the ODI series and scored a century and a fifty in three innings.

When asked if that's a spot he feels more settled in, he said: "I'll bat in whatever position the team needs me to bat and whatever the make-up of our side is. I know I can fit into that regardless of what number it is. Someone's shown me some stats the other day of me batting at No. 7 and they were pretty good stats. If the team needs me to bat at 7 I am happy to do that and hopefully I can continue to have the success like the last series but I know it doesn't work like that. If I keep doing the right things and keep training hard it should happen."

That said, the India series will be a different ball game.

"I think the two teams are so evenly matched in one-day cricket, and in all formats. Great competition between both sides. Whether it be in India or Australia it's always evenly tussled and amazing to watch, it's fiery and entertaining and I don't see any difference for this series. There might not be massive crowd like we've seen in the past."