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Maxwell piles on the runs in Ashes reminder

Glenn Maxwell has scored 278 in a stunning Sheffield Shield knock.

The overlooked Australia batsman more than staked his claim for a recall to the Test team.

After scoring his maiden double-ton for Victoria against New South Wales on Friday, Maxwell fell 22 runs short of a remarkable triple-century at North Sydney Oval on Saturday.

Test legend Ian Chappell said he’s pleased with the improvement in Maxwell’s approach.

“The thing that always struck me about Maxwell is he’s got too many options, at times,” Chappell said.

“Rather than play each ball on its merits… there’s a bit of wanting to show off the full range.

“The way he played in India and got that Test hundred, and now that he’s got 270-odd, there are indications that, maybe, he’s coming to grips with that.”

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Maxwell was axed by Australia for the blockbuster Ashes opener with England in Brisbane, dumped in favour of recalled veteran Shaun Marsh – who celebrated his eighth Test half-century on Saturday – at number six in the batting order.

The dynamic batsman was drafted into the squad as cover for star opener David Warner – nursing a neck injury heading into day one of the opening Test on Thursday.

Back with his Victoria team-mates, Maxwell hit 278 off only 318 deliveries before he was bowled out by spinner Steve O’Keefe.

It was the seventh highest Victorian first-class score of all time as the 29-year-old smashed 36 boundaries and four sixes.

MRN CRICKET
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