No eye-dea for Maxwell after bizarre setback

Glenn Maxwell isn't quite sure how he got conjunctivitis, but it didn't seem to hinder his performance.

Maxwell made 84 from 47 balls in the Melbourne Stars' loss to the Sydney Sixers at the SCG on Tuesday night despite battling a sore neck and the the eye condition, which almost stopped him from playing.

He said after the game he'd only be guessing where it came from, and the cause will likely remain a mystery. Yet even with his eye ailment, made worse by a sore neck caused by trying to switch-hit Nathan Lyon, Maxwell battled on in a breathtaking innings.

"I had to pull away a couple of times. Just trying to re-focus after blinking is difficult," he explained.

Maxwell has been axed from both the Australian Test and ODI teams this summer, although he was on Monday included in the Twenty20 squad for an upcoming tri-series against New Zealand and England.

Reflecting on an at-time turbulent season, Maxwell said his summer had been made harder by the Stars' poor form, with Tuesday night's defeat consigning them to a first wooden spoon.

"It's probably been more hard because we haven't been playing very good cricket for the Stars," he said.

"If we were successful with the Stars it would have been a lot easier."

However he agreed he was playing well, with strong BBL form complementing a Sheffield Shield campaign in which he leads all comers for runs.

"I think this is probably the most consistent I've been," Maxwell said.

"I've probably grown a little bit more as a cricketer.

"I'm hitting the ball pretty well at the moment. I'd like to keep going."

However while Test and ODI recalls remain long-term goals, he said he couldn't afford to think about those aspirations.

"I'm not going to think too far ahead. I've done really well this summer only staying in my bubble and just concentrating on making runs. That's worked for me so far this summer."

Maxwell also declined to go into the details of his recent chat with Australian captain Steve Smith, which followed Smith's comments about Maxwell needing to train smarter.

Kevin Pietersen missed the Stars' loss with a sore back, but is expected to be back for his farewell game against Hobart at the MCG on Saturday.

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