Last Update on: June 25th, 2022 at 05:35 pm
Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell is confident of tackling the spin challenge on his possible return to Test cricket in the upcoming two-match Test series against Sri Lanka.
On Thursday, Maxwell was drafted into Australia’s Test squad on the Sri Lanka tour as a replacement for all-rounder Travis Head.
Head was called as the replacement for Marcus Stoinis in the ODI series but after playing the three ODIs in the series, the former sustained a minor hamstring injury.
It’s something I pride myself on: Glenn Maxwell on the spin challenge in Sri Lanka
It seems uncertain for the South Australian player to play for the Pat Cummins-led side in the first Test. Head’s unavailability could allow Maxwell to play his first Test match since 2017.
Maxwell was part of Australia’s team in both T20Is and ODI series, he cruised his side to a two-wicket victory in the first ODI with a splendorous 51-ball 80.
“I think I bring a lot of experience in these sorts of conditions and being able to tackle good spin bowling in tough conditions,” Maxwell was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.
“It’s something I pride myself on, having quick feet and being able to find a way through adversity in tough conditions,” he added.
My game plan probably isn’t going to change a whole lot: Glenn Maxwell
Maxwell has played just seven Tests for Australia and scored his only hundred in the format against India in the third Test in Ranchi in 2017.
“Looking back to 2017, being able to get a Test hundred in India is something I’m extremely proud of and to be one of only a couple of people in the last decade to do that is something I’m hoping holds me in good stead for this as well,” Maxwell mentioned.
“My game plan probably isn’t going to change a whole lot, probably just going to be a little more time consuming, being able to spend more time at the wicket, without any run-rate pressure on and I’m certainly looking forward to that opportunity to bat long periods of time,” he added.
Australia will play Sri Lanka in the two-match Test series with the first Test scheduled to begin on June 29 at the Galle International Stadium.