Glenn Maxwell aims for Test cricket comeback, eyes subcontinent series at the end of ICC cycle | Cricket News – Times of India
NEW DELHI: Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, known for his prowess in limited-overs cricket, is determined to make a return to Test cricket and has identified the upcoming subcontinent series at the end of the current ICC cycle as his prime opportunity.
Maxwell, who has played just seven Tests, all overseas, is confident in his ability to contribute to the Test format and is eager to be considered for selection.
“I’m quite understanding the circumstances of the current side. They’re playing some really good cricket, they’re World Test champions,” acknowledged Maxwell in a statement to Australian radio station SEN on Tuesday.
Despite the competitive environment within the Australian Test side, Maxwell sees potential openings during subcontinent tours, with the next one scheduled for early 2025 when Australia will tour Sri Lanka.
“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,” Maxwell explained, expressing his strategic approach to earning a Test spot.
The 35-year-old remains focused on his goal of contributing to the team during crucial Test series.
“I don’t think there’s another subcontinent tour until early 2025. So, I’ll keep trying to plug away and hopefully get an opportunity at that stage,” Maxwell added, highlighting his commitment to continuous effort and improvement.
Maxwell, currently preparing for the domestic Big Bash League in Australia, reflects on his recent successes in white-ball cricket, having played a significant role in Australia’s T20 World Cup victory in 2021 and their triumphant Cricket World Cup campaign in India. Despite his success in limited-overs cricket, Maxwell believes he can make a valuable impact in Test matches.
“I’m not going to throw my name into some headlines about this,” Maxwell remarked, sidestepping discussions about the potential retirement of opener David Warner. Instead, he provided a positive endorsement for his teammate, stating, “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.”
(With inputs from ANI)