Glenn Maxwell optimistic about Test comeback against Pakistan
Maxwell didn't find a place in any of the A squads, but he has no regrets surrounding the same.
Published - Jul 25, 2018 2:52 pm | Updated - Jul 25, 2018 2:53 pm
Glenn Maxwell is renowned for his unflinching style of batting and has featured consistently in the Australian limited-overs teams. However, the Victorian hasn’t quite been able to cement his place in the Test lineup. After making his debut in the format back in 2013, the 29-year-old has only featured in seven matches. His last appearance in Whites was in Australia’s tour of Bangladesh last year.
During that tour, he couldn’t manage to score big and was sidelined thereafter. Australia are now scheduled to tour the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in October for their bilateral series against Pakistan and the all-rounder sounded confident on his return to the Test team for the tour. He also mentioned that his familiarity with the conditions in the sub-continent is likely to help him out.
“I’ve been to India 16 or 17 times now so it’s not a place where they (selectors) need to see me play. They’ve seen me play over there enough. Obviously [I’ve] had a bit of success over there in the Test series in India last year, so it’s not something that’s hugely foreign to me.
Hopefully, that holds me in good stead when it comes time for selection for the Dubai trip,” Maxwell was quoted as saying in Fox Sports.
I felt confident walking away
Australia A will tour India for a quadrangular series next month followed by a couple of four-day matches against India A in Vishakhapatnam. Maxwell didn’t find a place in any of the squads, but he has no regrets surrounding the same. Rather he believes that the omission gave him an opportunity to get himself groomed for the Test series against Pakistan.
“There has been a lot of positive reinforcement that I didn’t need to go on that Aussie A tour. I felt confident walking away that they’ve given me an opportunity to prepare for that Test tour [against Pakistan], whether or not I’m picked on it, that’s another outcome.
This is going to be a big summer potentially for myself to hopefully solidify myself in all three formats. So I think to have this break before what could potentially be a really big year for me, I think is really pivotal,” he added.
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