Australia’s power-hitting batsman Glenn Maxwell opened up on his desire to return back in the Test team.
Maxwell is a household name when it comes to Australia’s limited-overs plans and he is very fond of taking the opposition bowlers to cleaners.
Australia is likely to tour the subcontinent to play Test matches against India and Bangladesh in 2022 as part of the World Test championship 2021/23 cycle.
Maxwell, who last played a Test against Bangladesh in 2017, said that he will vie for a spot in Australia’s Test team for the subcontinent tour.
“I’m still looking at those subcontinent tours next year to be a real possibility,” Maxwell told cricket.com.au.
“It’s going to be hard to get any red-ball cricket (this summer), but I’ve said before when switching between formats that if you’re going well for your country, you can be the right man for the job,” he added.
I feel like I’ve got the game to adapt to that these days: Glenn Maxwell
Interestingly, Maxwell has played all of his seven Test matches in the subcontinent- four in India, two in Bangladesh and one in UAE.
Maxwell scored 104 against India in the Ranchi Test in 2017 and the Victorian batsman feels that in Test cricket one has to set a mindset of batting for a longer time.
“There is obviously a stage where you need to knuckle down in red-ball cricket and bat for a longer period of time, and that’s just a mindset thing. I feel like I’ve got the game to adapt to that these days,” Maxwell said.
“There’s going to be opportunities that open up at different stages and I’ve just got to make sure that I’m playing well in whatever format to put my hand up and be ready,” he added.
It’s hard to knock back a format when there’s some World Cups on the line: Glenn Maxwell
Maxwell was drafted in Australia’s T20 World Cup squad and he will be expected to play a key role in the middle order during the showpiece event.
Maxwell stated that it will be hard for him to come back in the red-ball cricket and his current focus is getting Australia to win the T20 World Cup in UAE.
“Yes, it’d be great to play Test cricket but the best thing for Australian cricket at the moment is me being in a really good space to try and win this World Cup,” Maxwell mentioned.
“If I’m going well enough, hopefully I’ll be selected for the next World Cup and hopefully, if I play my role in that team, we can have plenty of success. It’s hard to knock back a format when there’s some World Cups on the line,” he concluded.
Maxwell has scored 339 runs from 14 innings in Test cricket at an average of 26.08.