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Maxwell wants to do a Ranchi in Ashes


Melbourne : Flamboyant all-rounder Glenn Maxwell on Tuesday hoped for a repeat of his performance at the Ranchi Test against India, if he gets a game in the Ashes series against England later this year.

Maxwell, currently leading the Kings XI Punjab in the IPL, scored maiden Test century at Ranchi before following it up with a top-score of 45 in Australia’s second innings of the fourth Test in Dharamsala. Maxwell, however seemed clueless on the composition of the Australia squad for the Ashes, starting with the Test at Gabba. He acknowledged that given Australia’s tendency to opt for a seam-bowling allrounder in the top six for Tests on home soil, his spot is far from secure.

“I’d love to say that I’d be a good chance, but I have absolutely no idea,” Maxwell was quoted as saying by

“I don’t know which way they’re thinking. We’ve seen in the past that they like to have a medium-pace all-rounder at No.6 and if they were to go that way in the first Test, I think that’d be fine. “But if I was to get an opportunity to play a Test at home, I’d love to take it the same way I did in Ranchi and make the most of it. But I’m not trying to get my hopes up too much. If it happens, it happens,” he added.

He further said he would not take undue pressure on himself to get back to the side.”I’ll train and work as hard as I can to play, but I’m not putting pressure on myself as I did in previous years,” he said.