Loved being a part of Test Cricket, and loved the thought of playing again – Glenn Maxwell


Star Australia National Cricket Team, all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, who is one of the Australian team’s most valuable players in limited passing cricket, is still looking to make a comeback to test and succeed in cricket.

The 33-year-old has made just 7 Tests for the Australian national cricket team, scoring 339 runs at an average of 26.07, including a century. He last played a test match in 2017 against Bangladesh and his last first-class match was in 2019.

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Glenn Maxwell recently received a surprise call up for the series test against Sri Lanka to cover up the injured Travis Head after he was initially not picked up. However, he didn’t get a chance to play in the first Test after Head recovered in time and played the match.

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Also, prior to the second Test match, Australian skipper Pat Cummins had said Glenn Maxwell would line up to play the match at number 8 instead of left arm pacer Mitchell Starc if the pitch was the same as the first Test, but the pitch was different and Maxwell also missed the second game.

Meanwhile, Glenn Maxwell has said that he was shattered when he was informed that he would not be playing the second match of the Test series against Sri Lanka. He added that he was “genuinely disappointed”.

“I was devastated when I was told that,” Maxwell said by The Bharat Express News of his exclusion from the second test. “It wasn’t that I thought they made the wrong decision, I was just genuinely disappointed. I really wanted to play. I loved being a part of it [Test cricket]and I loved the thought of playing again.

“Even if I didn’t think about Test cricket for a few years, I felt like I was ready again. I loved working with the coaches and coming up with new tactics to deal with difficult spin bowling and exploding balls. to go.

“I’m glad Heady passed his fitness test as I wouldn’t have liked to be there because of an injury to one of your players. Unfortunately they have changed the terms and conditions. If it were the same conditions for both tests, I probably would have played. But they made a slightly better wicket and the selectors made the right call.

“I’ve tried not to get too excited or have too much hope because I know that after being in that situation so many times and being on the wrong side of it, I’ve experienced the ups and downs of the roster and the 50-50 calls… but yeah, I allowed myself to get a little too excited.”

It sure is nice to have support – Glenn Maxwell

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Glenn Maxwell. Credit: Twitter

Glenn Maxwell, 33, went on to say that he was pleased to receive support from team management, which he did not get in the early days of his Test career.

“It’s definitely nice to have support where I feel like I probably didn’t have that in the early days of my testing career,” said Maxwell.

“It was probably the other way around, where it was just, no, I can’t have this guy on the team. So it’s nice to see it changing. When I got back on the sidelines in 2017, it felt like a real shift of positivity was coming my way, which was rare.

“For so long, whenever I played a reverse sweep, it was frowned upon and it’s become a staple of test cricket wherever you play in the world. Everyone plays it.

“So it’s like, where was this six years ago? It would have been nice if I was playing, if people had looked at me and gone, oh visionary [laughs]. Uzzie [Usman Khawaja] plays 300, and he’s a superstar, [he] get 150 and please, [we] bow to him.”

Travis Head, who had a stellar Ashes run earlier this year, underperformed on the Pakistan and Sri Lanka tour, taking his highest score of 26 in five Tests. Head’s battle for runs in Asia could see Maxwell take his spot on the test team for the 2023 tour of India.

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Meanwhile, Glenn Maxwell also revealed that the Cricket Australia (CA) selectors have asked him about a specific preparation that would be best for him ahead of the 2023 tour of India.

“They just asked what you need to prepare and would Shield cricket make a difference? I said no, it won’t,” said Maxwell.

“Because the conditions are so different there. It sure is hard to prepare to run circuits in Australia during our top-notch games.

“I think in Melbourne we can still set up nets that can spin and do different things. Last year I had a pre-season at Junction Oval where we would use the same fields, maybe four or five net sessions in a row and by the fifth net session they were basically India. And it was great. They were the best internet sessions I had. Since I was leaving, I think, at that stage, the next subcontinent tour, maybe it was the IPL and it was great. It was the perfect preparation and I had no excuses, I guess, to go into the next series.”

Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell (Image Credit: Twitter)

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