The Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has admitted that he wants to have the first crack at the no six spot of the Australian Ashes squad but has no clue what national selectors will do ahead of the Fridays’ team selection for the first two Test matches. Maxwell didn’t have any contact with selector Mark Waugh, who was at Melbourne Cricket Ground but didn’t see Maxwell bat before flying off to Brisbane to pick the squad.
After spending hours in the field watching Alex Doolan score and brilliant double hundred, Maxwell got cheaply for four runs in the innings for Victoria. However, he got last chance to prove his worth late in the day and 20 not out at the end of the days play.
“I have absolutely no idea. We’ve all seen how many names have been thrown up over the last three Shield games. We’ll see what happens. I have no idea what direction they are going to go. We’ve seen Cameron Bancroft perform well in the west. I think that’s what (selectors) asked for. But who knows what they are going to do,” a hesitated Maxwell said when asked about his chances of retaining the spot.
The 29-year-old Maxwell notched up two 60 plus scores in Victoria’s last match against South Australia in a Sheffield Shield game as his best performance besides his Test average of 33 in the Bangladesh tour. Maxwell seemed disappointed that he couldn’t able to turn those starts into big hundreds.
“If you look at the way I got out (against SA), it wasn’t a technical flaw or a wide knick. They were just strange dismissals. First, a ball got caught in my jumper, and trickled back on to my stumps, and an LBW that for all the replays we saw could have been missing leg. I’m not overly disappointed in the way I got out, but I am disappointed they were not big hundreds,” the right-handed batsman further added.
“I think I have seen about 30 different teams listed. It’s great to have that support but it’s such a big series, everyone is going to have their say on who should be playing,” he concluded.