SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 24: Glenn Maxwell of Victoria bats during day one of the Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and Victoria at North Sydney Oval on November 24, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

Glenn Maxwell has hit a timely century for Victoria as the first Test of the Ashes series gets underway in Brisbane.

Playing against New South Wales at North Sydney Oval in the fourth round of the Sheffield Shield, Maxwell hit a brilliant century after the Vics lost an early wicket in the seventh over of the innings.

Maxwell brought up his first 50 runs in just 66 balls, before reaching 100 in 113 balls, as he sent a reminder to national selectors what he is capable of after his axing from the Test side.

While the 29-year-old’s innings included plenty of boundaries as per usual, he rarely hit a poor, over aggressive shot, but managed to continuously tick the scoring over.

At tea, after 57 overs, Maxwell has reached 124 not out, with Victoria 2-193. Aaron Finch is the other not out batsman, on 22 from 29 balls.

Maxwell was called up to the Australian Test squad in Brisbane earlier this week with David Warner and Shaun Marsh both under injury clouds. However, with both players passed fit the for the first Test, Maxwell returned to Victoria’s Shield set-up, batting at first-drop.

Meanwhile Jackson Bird, who was named in the 13-man squad for the first two Tests, has taken figures of 5-30 with South Australia struggling at 8-125 following Tassie’s innings of 282.