GLENN Maxwell says he still has time to prove he should be Australia's No.6 in the Ashes despite struggling for runs on the one-day tour of India.
The Victorian has come under pressure to keep the spot he had for the Test series in Bangladesh where he averaged 33 in the two matches.
Maxwell was also dropped during the one-day series in India before returning for the first of the T20 internationals in Ranchi on Sunday.
The 28-year-old struggled for 17 from 16 balls in another loss for the tourists but said there was still time to impress selectors ahead of the first Ashes game in Brisbane on November 23.
"There's still a fair bit of time to go," Maxwell said.
"I'd like to get the opportunity if I do play well in those three Shield games. To play in the Ashes would be an absolute dream."
Australia's poor performances in India have been highlighted by a number of middle-order collapses of which Maxwell has been a part of.
He will get another chance to prove his worth in Tuesday morning's (AEST) second T20 international in Guwahati and he says he's not the only one who needs to improve.
"I'm not sure any one in that middle order's made runs consistently during this tour," Maxwell said.
"I think all of us have probably got to stand up."
Maxwell believes it is unlikely losing both the ODI and T20 series in India will impact Australia's momentum heading into the Ashes.
But making sure losing doesn't become a habit is vital in the tour's final two matches.
"As a group I think we need to be winning games of cricket," Maxwell said.
The series wraps up on Friday in Hyderabad, a little less than two weeks from the first Shield games.
Ahead of a crucial six weeks, Maxwell says he isn't short of confidence but admits the pressure has amplified.
"Hopefully there's runs around the corner," he said.
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