IND vs AUS: Glenn Maxwell Plans To Make An Unexpected Return To The Sheffield Shield

Glenn Maxwell. PC- Getty
Glenn Maxwell. PC- Getty

Glenn Maxwell’s participation in the upcoming Shield round, which begins on Thursday, is viewed by Victorian cricket administrators as a realistic goal, although his fitness will be keenly watched following his horrific accident, which he said required him to relearn how to walk.

Maxwell has begun batting in the nets, but whether he can slide and dive with assurance in the field will determine when he can play top-flight cricket once again.

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Maxwell, who hasn’t played in a first-class match since October 2019, has a very little chance of being called up for the series in India, despite the fact that head selector George Bailey has stated that changes can be made mid-tour if necessary.

To be considered for a call-up, he would need to experience a severe drop in form or an injury to a middle-order player in addition to performing admirably for the Vics with the bat and the ball.

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Glenn Maxwell. (Photo: Twitter)

Prior to being on the team, Peter Handscomb and Matthew Renshaw both have the benefit of match preparation and have already scored runs in India. Maxwell has not received any hint from selectors that he is on standby for India, unlike spinners Adam Zampa and Matthew Kuhnemann.

“It probably will nag at me for the rest of my life”: Glenn Maxwell

Maxwell’s greatest opportunity to increase his total of seven appearances has probably already passed him since Australia won’t be touring the subcontinent for Test matches until early in 2025. It explains why the 34-year-old is devastated by his lost chance.

“[It] probably will nag at me for the rest of my life,” Maxwell said during a Big Bash League commentary stint for Fox Cricket this week.

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Glenn Maxwell. Image Credits: Twitter

Maxwell has stated that he is using the disappointment of his injury to prepare for the final few years of his career.

“I started looking forward, thinking I will make the best recovery possible – I’ll come back early, and be stronger than ever, I started using it as a motivation factor rather than “oh no, why has this happened to me?” Maxwell said.

“I tried to turn it around and think “how can I finish the back end of my career, be the fittest and healthiest and most motivated I have been?” Glenn Maxwell Added.

When Maxwell replaced Mitchell Marsh at No. 6 during the 2017 tour of India, he scored his lone Test century.

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