Maxwell had hoped to make earlier return from broken leg
Glenn Maxwell says his broken leg has not healed as fast as he had hoped as he prepares to make his Australia comeback.
The all-rounder missed the T20 World Cup on home soil after suffering a fractured left tibia last November.
Maxwell, who sustained the damage at a 50th birthday party, was back in action for Victoria against South Australia in a Sheffield Shield match this week, making only five runs in two innings.
The 34-year-old will be back in international action next month after being named in the Australia squad to face India in an ODI series that starts in Mumbai on March 17.
Maxwell would like to have been out in the middle earlier but is ready to make up for lost time.
He said: "It probably hasn't happened as fast as I would have liked. I would have liked to be playing cricket a little bit earlier.
"But I think the fact that I knew the timeline for the one-day side – and that was probably the realistic goal – I was able to manipulate my rehab programme to fit the timeline that I was racing against.
"Having not played for three-and-a-half months, I made a conscious decision to make sure I filled up my calendar with cricket to lead into that World Cup at the back end of the year.
"Obviously there's the one-day series which is going to be a big series, especially with the World Cup in India at the back end of the year.
"It will be a good opportunity for us to try and work out some things and get our game plan ready for the back end of the year, as well as having the IPL straight after it.
"[It is about] getting used to the Indian conditions again and spending a lot of time working on my game over there, which will then lead into to the Blast and the Hundred."
Maxwell is looking forward to spending more time at the crease after failing twice at number six for Victoria this week.
"Probably, mentally, batting in that position, I wasn't quite there," he said. "In the nets, you can do all the hard work, but to try and get that mental application back in a game is obviously a different thing.
"So that's probably something I'm working on over the next few games – club cricket on Saturday and the Shield game as well. A few more hits out there, and just try and build up that match intensity."