Glenn Maxwell Unhappy At Missing Test Call
Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell who has been star for his side in limited overs cricket expressed disappointment at being overlooked for the longer format of the game.
Having played a key role in Australia’s World Cup win recently, Maxwell had expected his ODI performances to earn him a Test recall.
"I was hoping my performances against international attacks would hold me in good stead,” said Maxwell.
"I thought I played quite well in the World Cup and a couple of games before that.
"I felt like I was in a good headspace in as far as international cricket goes.”
Maxwell’s statements came after he failed to make it to the Australian Test squad announced for the tours of West Indies and England.
A jam-packed international schedule for Australia in the shorter formats coupled with his commitments in the domestic leagues across the globe means that Maxwell misses out on a huge chunk of Sheffield Shield.
The 26-year-old admitted that his unavailability for the Sheffield Shield season is hurting his chances of making it to the Australian Test side.
"I knew I hadn’t played a whole lot of red-ball cricket, so I was hoping the fact that I’d been playing international cricket for Australia and that was the reason I was missing Shield cricket would hold me in good stead.
"But obviously not, and I’ve just got to keep finding a way to try and play some red ball cricket."
Maxwell who played his recent Test match against Pakistan in October has only featured in a single Sheffield Shield match all season.
Performances in the Sheffield Shield are of utmost importance as shown by the likes of Adam Voges, Fawad Ahmed and Peter Nevill all of whom earned Test selection on the back of a strong domestic season.
However Maxwell does have an opportunity to showcase his skills in the longer format when he will make his move to Yorkshire next month.
The dynamic all-rounder has been picked only for the Natwest T20 Blast but the injury to fellow Australian Aaron Finch means Maxwell may get a look in for the County Championship too.
Although Yorkshire’s Director of Cricket Martyn Moxon hasn’t made any confirmation of this possibility, Maxwell has made his wish loud.
"I’ve always wanted to play county cricket and test my skills over there," Maxwell said.
"I feel like it’s something that would really suit me and a place I can learn a lot.
"My experiences with Hampshire playing in the twos (second XI) and the one Championship game I got I learnt a lot over there and really enjoyed the way the game was played.
"I really thrive on that competitive nature and playing in those conditions … I love the conditions over there."
Maxwell has represented Australia in three Tests aggregating 80 runs at a mere average of 13.33 while also snaring seven wickets at 38.71 with his off-spin.
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