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I would take Glenn Maxwell in the Australian squad against India: Ricky Ponting

By Rashmi Nanda -


Australia will tour India for a four-match Test series in February 2017 after completing their home summer and they are looking forward to once again claim the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, which they won at home in 2014-15. 

Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting reckons that all-rounder Glenn Maxwell should be picked for the Indian test series.

Ricky Ponting feels that the third spinner’s role could be performed by the all-rounder Glenn Maxwell against India in February 2017.

He added, “You need a batting spin bowler. There'll be other names mentioned, too, like Ashton Agar; I think his name will certainly come up.”

During a Big Bash League encounter, the legendary batsman said, "I think (Maxwell's bowling) is quite good, it's quite consistent. He's not an out-and-out Test first-choice spin bowler, but he is useful. Moeen Ali has developed into quite a good spinner now having played a couple of years for England. I would take him in the squad, definitely,” 

Ricky Ponting, former Australian skipper accepted that the Victorian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell had been in the news for all the wrong reasons, but added that he is a ‘class act’ and he is one of the best T20 players in the world.

The former right-hander stated, “He's been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. It's been an indifferent couple of months for him. Hasn't played a lot of cricket either but what I know about this guy is he is one of the very, very best T20 players in the world, be that with the bat or his off-spin or out in the field. He is a class act,”