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Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has admitted that he wasted his talent early on and “frustrated a lot of people” a lot of people along the way.
“I probably did waste my talent early on. I was probably a bit naive about what I could do and how successful I could be playing for Australia,” he told SEN radio as quoted by foxsports.com.au. “I know it probably frustrated a lot of people and I know it frustrated myself and my family.
“To be able to start putting some of that talent, which is probably one of the worst words, and potential, which is one of the other worst words, together into some runs this summer, (has been) probably 12-18 months of hard work.”
Maxwell has also defended his training regimen after captain Steve Smith took aim at him, saying that he needed to “train a little bit smarter” and cut out the “funky stuff”. Smith’s comments came after Maxwell was dropped for the recent ODI series against England.
While there were reports of a rift between the two, they met for a coffee to iron out any kinks in their relationship.
Maxwell even got called up for the fourth ODI after opener Aaron Finch sustained a minor hamstring injury. While he didn’t feature in that game, he got the chance to play in the fifth ODI in Perth, where he scored a 39-ball 34.
“I thought my training was second to none over there, and probably the reason I was able to get back in the Test team when Mitch Marsh got injured and I was able to make the most of that opportunity,” he said. “I’ve felt like since then, my work ethic has been solid and I’ve been able to work on specific parts of my game that are required for upcoming tours.
“I don’t think it’s any surprise that I’ve had the results that have followed this year and I’ll continue to work on that.”
The 29-year-old revealed that his change in attitude towards training came about after he sat down and spoke with Melbourne Stars coach and former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming.
“Training and setting the example was probably one of the first things that I started to work on,” Maxwell said. “He explained how I was perceived from outside, having not worked with me before.
“I tried to change that as quick as I could. I think that was the perfect lead-in for me to get my Test spot back in India and having those discussions off the field with guys who I respect and have played at the highest level has really worked for me.”