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Bangladesh tour postponement affected Glenn Maxwell's form

Bangladesh tour postponement affected Glenn Maxwell's form
Glenn Maxwell is desperate to return back to the Australian Test squad.
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Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell revealed that the postponement of the Bangladesh tour earlier this year left him disappointed and affected his form.

Maxwell was named in the Test squad for Australia’s tour of Bangladesh which was postponed in October this year due to security concerns.

Following the tour postponement Maxwell went back to play domestic cricket for Victoria and was overlooked for the home series against New Zealand.

In the Matador BBQs One-Day Cup, Maxwell struggled for form after scoring just 78 runs from six games at an average of 15.60.

Despite the setback Maxwell began to do well once the Sheffield Shield started as he scored 224 runs from five matches at an average of 56.00 including two fifties for Victoria thus far.

Admitting that the postponement of the Bangladesh tour mentally affected him, Maxwell said that he is now looking to work his way back into the Test team.

“(The Bangladesh postponement) probably affected me more mentally than anything else,” Maxwell told Fairfax.

“I was pretty upset I was missing out on an opportunity to play for my country and really put a good step forward.

“After playing so well in the one-dayers in England I was really looking forward to taking that into the Tests, to have that series ripped away from me and the squad to change when we got back to Australia was pretty upsetting.

“It probably affected me too much, because it affected the way I played the game and the way I went about it.

“It didn’t reflect too well on myself ... and it showed in my results as well.

“Since the Shield stuff has started I’ve tried to put that all behind me ... almost start from the bottom rung and work my way back up.” 

Australia currently have stuck to the formula of three fast bowlers, an off-spinner and a fast-bowling all-rounder for their bowling attack. 

With Nathan Lyon as the main spinner in the team and Mitchell Marsh as the all-rounder, Maxwell knows that it will not be easy for him to make a comeback to the Test side.

The 27-year-old also understands that he will need to put up an impressive all-round performance in domestic cricket to impress the selectors.

“I’m pretty understanding of where I sit in the Test rankings.

“I’ve probably got to bowl some medium pace for a start, and probably spin the ball the other way to Nathan Lyon.

“I know if I come in and spin the ball the same way as Nathan Lyon it’s ... more likely I’ll be used to get through some handy overs, rather than be a key bowler.

“I’m understanding that I need to have a weight of runs and consistent wicket-taking, as a partnership- breaker type of bowler.” 

Having made his Test debut in 2013, Maxwell has so far played three Test matches with the game against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi in 2014 being his last appearance.

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