Will Maxwell’s new stance win over selectors?
GLENN Maxwell hopes a taller stance at the crease can help him finally win an elusive home Test match when the Ashes begin on November 23.
The dazzling all-rounder revealed he had adjusted his batting technique to suit Australian pitches after studying hours of footage.
The tweaks will be showcased at the MCG on Saturday when Maxwell bats at No. 3 for Victoria in its Sheffield Shield clash against South Australia.
Selectors are scouring the country to find a No. 6 for the first Test at the Gabba.
While Maxwell, 29, would prove a popular selection to wear the Baggy Green for the eighth time and first on home soil, West Australians Hilton Cartwright and Shaun Marsh are considered better chances.
"I changed a few things in the last couple of weeks. I just changed my stance slightly and where I hold the bat," Maxwell said.
"It's a slight change, but I've already noticed watching some footage back that it's probably tightened my defence a little bit and just made me hit the ball a little bit straighter.
"When you're in the subcontinent you can crouch quite low and you can end up using your hands a lot. Even looking back and watching the footage of my hundred in Ranchi, I was quite low the whole time.
"It was a different wicket and that's what was required, but when you get back to Australia you've got to be a little bit taller and make sure you hit the ball straight."
Maxwell has reverted to similar footwork he deployed a few years ago and says he is driving the ball better.
Maxwell was dismissed for seven and 20 runs against Queensland last week in tough batting conditions at the Gabba pink-ball match.
The Bushrangers and Melbourne Stars favourite welcomed the return of the red ball and rise up the batting order.
"I think it's a really good opportunity for me to showcase my skills in the four-day format," Maxwell said.
"Hopefully there's plenty of runs out there for me. It was tough work up in Brisbane."
While Maxwell has not received direct feedback from selectors, he said it was "self-explanatory" that they were after runs.
And he said a big knock was close.
"I felt really good in that second innings (in Brisbane), I started to drive the ball like I used to and my defence was tidy," he said.
"Unfortunately, I top-edged a pull shot, which I haven't done much recently ... and if you make one mistake, that can be the end.
"But I feel really good and I feel like there's a big score around the corner."