Glenn Maxwell still confident of his Test future for Australia

Maxwell is not part of Australia's Test squad for the series against Pakistan in UAE.

Glenn Maxwell | Getty

Despite not finding a place in the Test squad for the upcoming series against Pakistan in UAE, Glenn Maxwell is confident of his ability and future as a first-class and Test cricketer for Australia. 

Maxwell, who has done very well domestically and amassed his maiden Test ton on the tour of India last year before scoring runs in Bangladesh, was surprisingly not selected for the next Asian tour in UAE.  It again reiterated that Australian Cricket seems to not see him as potent a red-ball game force as they find him when playing limited overs cricket. 

Maxwell has always clear that he wants to play all three formats for the country but has failed to find the right people backing him. 

One of the reasons cited for Maxwell's non-selection by head coach Justin Langer is his lack of big hundreds and slightly unorthodox technique. 

Maxwell talking to SEN Radio said, "Trevor Hohns, the chairman of selectors, explained the fact that my numbers at Test level don't stand up over the last few years when I've been included,"

Well aware, now, of where he needs to work on, the explosive batsman further said, "Now, I just need to make more runs. Hopefully, I can pile on enough runs this summer to keep pushing my case forward. I had a pretty good year last year, so now I've just got to have another good year this year and hope selections go my way at some stage,"

Maxwell also feels that if he was selected for the two unofficial Australia A Tests in India, he would've been in a much better position to stake a claim in the Test side. 

"I suppose the disappointment from my side is I didn't get an opportunity to play any cricket over the last couple of months," he said and added, "I had a few offers to play county cricket in England and they were initially knocked back with an opportunity to go and play in India in the A series."

"To get told not to play in the A series and have a rest, and I was understanding of that and their reasoning behind that... I was hoping that was a positive note to go to Dubai (to play Pakistan). But obviously, that wasn't the case," 

In conclusion, Maxwell reiterated his goal is now to put big runs on the board for Victoria and earn back the faith of the selectors. 

He said,  "I feel like I've still got some really good cricket years ahead of me, If I continue to play the way I have been in the last 12 months, the selections will eventually go my way. I feel like I'm getting better and better." 

"Hopefully, this is another year where I can prove people wrong and put a lot of runs on the board," he added. 

(Inputs from Cricbuzz)


By Kashish Chadha - 14 Sep, 2018

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