Maxwell clings to hopes of Australia's Test team recall

The 35-year-old acknowledged his standing within Australia's cricket landscape

By Web Desk
December 05, 2023
Maxwell expressed his aspiration to rejoin the Test squad - AFP

Three-time World Cup winner Glenn Maxwell hasn't completely dismissed the possibility of a Test team recall. Renowned for his aggressive batting in white-ball cricket, notably in T20s, Maxwell is convinced that he still has a chance to make a mark in Test matches.

After his pivotal role in Australia's recent World Cup triumph in India, where he emerged as a crucial factor for the victorious squad, Maxwell acknowledges his standing within Australia's cricket landscape.

In an interview with the radio station SEN, Maxwell expressed his aspiration to rejoin the Test squad, recognising that this opportunity may only arise when Australia plays matches away from home, particularly in subcontinental conditions.

“I’m quite understanding the circumstances of the current side. They’re playing some really good cricket, they’re World Test champions,” Maxwell said on Australian radio station SEN on Tuesday.

“There’s not a lot of spots up for grabs as far as Tests at home, but I know that when it does come to a sub-continent tour, I can be a real viable option to hopefully fill a role in that side,” he added.

In the ongoing World Test Championship (WTC) cycle, Australia's sole visit to the sub-continent is their forthcoming series against Sri Lanka in 2025. Maxwell expressed his aspiration to hold on until then, aiming for a spot in the Test squad.

“I don’t think there’s another sub-continent tour until early 2025. So, I’ll keep trying to plug away and hopefully get an opportunity at that stage,” Maxwell added.

Meanwhile, Maxwell is out of contention from the Pakistan Test series, starting on December 14 in Perth. The Australian selectors named a strong 14-man squad for the first Test, with Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh and Cameron Green picked as all-rounders.

Despite all the noise surrounding David Warner’s farewell series, with his former teammate Mitchell Johnson slamming him over being given leverage to decide when he would retire, Maxwell has a different take on this.

Without making any headline-worthy remarks, Maxwell said, “I’m not going to throw my name into some headlines about this.

“But Davey’s been an absolute champion of Australian cricket for a long period of time, and the selectors were pretty clear on what they thought of it (selecting him). I’m looking forward to seeing Davey in that first Test and him making a lot of runs this summer,” Maxwell added.