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Sunday Herald Sun - - Sport - SAM LANDSBERGER

“I want to make con­sis­tent good scores — over 50, get­ting to 100, be­ing not-out at the end — that’s some­thing I glazed over a lot early in my ca­reer. I got flashy scores, but got out be­fore the job was done.” “The (T20) World Cup was the most dis­ap­point­ing, to get four starts and not go on with it. I bat­ted well, but didn’t so­lid­ify my po­si­tion in any team what­so­ever, so left my­self open for crit­i­cism in the West Indies and was duly dropped.” Is he treated un­fairly? “Peo­ple wouldn’t write about you if they thought you were rub­bish,” Maxwell said.

“I think you cop it be­cause peo­ple ex­pect bet­ter of you. It’s al­most a back­handed com­pli­ment in a way.

“And I don’t think (crit­i­cism) is go­ing to stop at any stage, whether it be what you have for break­fast or how you play a cover drive.

“Peo­ple still talk about Steve Smith’s tech­nique and he av­er­ages 60 in Test cricket.”

The Maxwell news again last week.

As he slashed Ho­bart Hur­ri­canes to shreds, punch­ing the win­ning runs to fin­ish 59 not out off 29 balls, Ricky Ponting called for him to be in­cluded the squad for the Test tour of In­dia next month.

Be­fore Christ­mas, Maxwell took out his baggy green.

“My house­mate hadn’t seen, so I showed her,” he said. “She didn’t re­ally un­der­stand why it was spe­cial. But that’s some­thing I think about a lot. That’s why I got it out and had a look at it. I was al­most pinch­ing my­self that I had one.

“I know how lucky I am. It’s such a pres­ti­gious re­ward for be­ing picked as one of the best 11 play­ers in the coun­try.”

The noises from the na­tional camp aren’t great — Ash­ton Agar was pre­ferred for the Syd­ney Test squad — but Maxwell has a changed mind­set and has tweaked his bat­ting and bowl­ing tech­niques.

“Mak­ing con­sis­tently good scores “I think you cop it be­cause peo­ple ex­pect bet­ter of you. It’s al­most a back­handed com­pli­ment in a way. Peo­ple wouldn’t write about you if they thought you were rub­bish.” cy­cle spun “It was a stupid slip of the tongue and I ab­so­lutely meant no harm to him. It was quite painful. He was very dis­ap­pointed with the way that it came out, but we’ll move on.”

Glenn Maxwell hard at work in the nets be­fore tonight’s Big Bash League derby at the MCG and (bot­tom right) wear­ing his cher­ished baggy green cap dur­ing the most re­cent of his three Test matches, against Pak­istan in Abu Dhabi in No­vem­ber, 2014. Main pic­tures: WAYNELUDBEY

“I was re­ally an­gry at my­self for al­most treat­ing it like a con­ver­sa­tion at the bar and not a me­dia in­ter­view. You’ve got to be so care­ful with what you say and it was just a care­less thing, and I paid the ul­ti­mate price.”

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