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Maxwell confident form will turn
Ben Horne
19:54 AEST Tue Jan 15 2013

Test hopeful Glenn Maxwell is putting his lack of success with the ball in the one-day series against Sri Lanka down to poor timing rather than form and isn't panicking about his prospects of touring India.

The 24-year-old allrounder is confident his recent run of lean returns with bat and ball won't count against him too heavily when selectors sit down to pick Australia's Test squad for India.

Maxwell has a golden opportunity in the ODI series to cement a place on next month's four-Test tour as an allrounder, however there are concerns over whether his spin bowling is up to scratch.

In his six ODIs to date since debuting against Afghanistan last year, Maxwell is yet to take a wicket and in two matches so far against Sri Lanka with the bat, he hasn't made it out of single figures.

The Victorian is part of Australia's 12-man squad to face Sri Lanka in the third ODI in Brisbane on Friday, but hasn't been told whether he'll feature in the final 11 or make way for seam-bowling allrounder Moises Henriques.

Maxwell said Indian selection is on his mind, but emphasised he isn't too worried about his slow start.

"If I'm playing well this series, I'm sure that can't hurt my chances ... but I'm sure bad performances wouldn't be taken on you too heavily," said Maxwell.

After being selected as 12th man for the third Test against Sri Lanka in Sydney two weeks ago, Maxwell emerged as a likely tourist for India, and national selector John Inverarity has made it clear he is in their plans.

Maxwell said he's not beating himself up over his wicketless run and is comfortable with how his offspinners are coming out in practice.

"Personally I think it's just going to be patience and consistency. I've felt I've been bowling OK, I just haven't really been bowling at the right time," he said.

"I've been coming in when they've been consolidating their partnership or when there isn't a whole lot of pressure.

"(In Adelaide) I came on and they were 30 runs away from winning.

"When you come on and you're a spin bowler on a seaming wicket it's not a good time to come on when we've only got 170 on the board. That was the batters' fault.

"Obviously Sri Lanka are very good players of spin as well so that's obviously going to go a little bit against me as well.

"I've just got to keep hanging in there. I've been bowling well in the nets.

"I feel like they've been coming out well ... and spin bowling coach Steve Rixon is really happy with the way it's coming out."

Maxwell, who bowled 3.1 overs in Adelaide and 4 in Melbourne, said he took no offence to Inverarity describing him as a "batting allrounder who bowls a bit".

"At the moment that's pretty correct. I need to do a lot more work," he said.


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