CRICKET: Glenn Maxwell says there is still plenty to play for, despite the Australia Day one-dayer with Pakistan being a dead rubber.
Australia leads the five-match series 3-1 ahead of the traditional clash at the Adelaide Oval today.
But even though the series was decided, Maxwell said indiviudally, players had plenty to gain.
"For a lot of people it might seem like a dead rubber but there's still a lot to play for,” he said.
"Especially individually, I think there's still a lot of Champions Trophy spots up for grabs which is obviously in the distance and there is a New Zealand series around the corner as well.
"It's a really important game to make sure not only you're winning as a team, you're keeping that winning momentum because sometimes it's an easy thing to lose.
"If you take the foot off the gas at any stage, it can be long bumpy road back.”
Maxwell showed his willingness to work hard for his spot, being the only player to turn up for am optional training session.
The all-rounder had a brief net and said it was important for him to keep training.
"It's the guys' preference ... most of the guys have been flat-chat for most of the summer,” Maxwell said.
"I have been working on a routine and trying to keep that routine as consistent as possible and hopefully that leads to consistent performances on the field as well.”
Meanwhile, Maxwell's teammate and Victorian captain Matthew Wade could be on his way back to his home state of Tasmania.
Cricket Tasmania has confirmed it is in talks with the Australian wicketkeeper, who is keen to return home for family reasons following the birth of his daughter almost a year ago.