After cementing his place in the Australian one-day team, all rounder Glenn Maxwell has turned his attention to the Test team now.
Maxwell said that after having played for 3 years for the Aussies, he finally feels comfortable in Australian team. Maxwell starred in the 2015 Cricket World Cup held in February and March, and also scored a flamboyant maiden one-day international century against Sri Lanka and therefore was named in the official team of the tournament as Australia went on to win their fifth world cup. When he is at his best, the audacious and brilliant all rounder is unstoppable, but when the big hits failed to come off, Maxwell was called irresponsible.
But in the World Cup Maxwell delivered and proved his critics wrong with his consistent performances. And because of his purple patch with bat and ball, Maxwell is now considered a dependable and trustworthy member of Australia’s limited-overs middle order, and the Australian team can now bank on him to get them out from sticky situations.
“I’m happy with my role in the Australian team at the moment.It suits both the team and myself. I’ve got to keep trying to do as well as possible. It’s a nice feeling to feel comfortable in that team now. Twelve months ago I was still a bit iffy about where my position was in that team. To finally feel (secure) after that World Cup it’s a comfortable feeling for me. It’s a nice feeling.” Maxwell said
Now, he has shifted his focus to the Australian Test team. The last time Maxwell donned the Baggy Green and the white kit was in Abu Dhabi last October on Australia’s tour to the United Arab Emirates that they lost 2-0 against Pakistan .
In the three matches of his small Test career, he has been the subject of many experiments– sometimes opening the batting and bowling, slotting in at first, second and sixth-drop, and bowling to attack, defend and increase the over rate.
After a successful summer with Yorkshire, Maxwell believes he’s ready to make a comeback to the Test team and don the baggy green cap again and replace the illustrious ageing members of the middle order.
Maxwell, who scored a magnificent 140 for Yorkshire said “I feel like my batting has improved enough now to be picked as an all-rounder, If you look at the way as I was picked in the Indian tour (in 2013), the first Test I was predominantly a bowling all-rounder and that probably showed in my results. I was bowling really well but wasn’t making a whole lot of runs. I got to Dubai and didn’t bowl a lot and batted in the top order. Hopefully this time I can be picked as a genuine all-rounder and bat at five or six and fill the gap that some of the experienced players will leave after they retire. It’s something I want to make my permanent position and hopefully hold it for a long time. I feel like my game is peaking at the right time. I feel like I’ve got a really good understanding about it at the moment, so it would be nice to be picked while I’m in form and hopefully carry that form.”
Maxwell fans have their fingers crossed do that they can see their favourite player playing for the Australian test team.