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Maxwell not thinking India tour selection

AAP logoAAP 7/09/2016 Scott Bailey

Glenn Maxwell says his T20 heroics in Sri Lanka should count for nothing when Australia's squad is chosen for the next subcontinent assignment, the Test tour to India.

Nor is he interested in pigeon-holed as a sub-continent specialist.

Friday's second T20 international against Sri Lanka in Colombo is Australia's last match in Asia before next February's tour.

Coach Darren Lehmann and high performance manager Pat Howard have already mooted selecting players proven in sub-continental, spin-friendly conditions for the trip to India, after Australia crashed to their ninth consecutive Test loss in the region as they went down to Sri Lanka 3-0 last month.

But even after he smashed 145 off just 65 balls in Australia's 85-run win in the first T20 on Wednesday, Maxwell won't have next February on his mind when he again opens the batting on Friday.

"To score runs in one-day cricket against a white ball in the sub-continent is totally different to when you've got three guys around the bat, five blokes on the fence and they're able to just plug away all day," he said.

"It doesn't matter how many reverse sweeps for four you hit, they're still going to be around the bat, as soon as you try and defend one, one will blow up off the wicket and take your gloves and you're out."

Maxwell has played three Tests since his debut in 2013, all having come on the sub-continent in either India or against Pakistan in the UAE.

He also averages 40.75 in one-day international matches in Asia, well above what he has in any other continent including Australia.

And while he also provides a spinning variation with his off-spinners with the ball, he doesn't believe he should be restricted to the sub-continental wickets in the longer form of the game.

"I wouldn't like to be pigeon-holed as a sub-continent specialist," he said.

"I'd like to think on the back of my four-day form in Australia, it doesn't matter where my Test are played.

"All my runs in the red-ball form has been made in either England or Australia, so on the back of that I would like to be picked in Australia."

Australia will also be without George Bailey for the second and final match of the Twenty20 series after he returned home as planned.

Bailey was another player to have impressed in Sri Lanka, pushing his credentials for the India Test series after he scored 270 runs at 67.5 in the one-day series.

The Aussies have the chance to take a very minor victory home with them in the Colombo fixture, aiming to claim both the T20 and ODI series victories after the Test disappointment.

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