Dynamic Australian middle order batsman Glenn Maxwell is targeting a stint in the UK county circuit in order to don the baggy green for Australia again. The fiery batsman had a great 2015 World Cup and his ton against Sri Lanka at the SCG was the evidence of his rise in maturity.
Maxwell, though, was snubbed from the Test squads for the West Indies tour and the Ashes. The selectors preferred the uncapped 35 year old Adam Voges over Maxwell. His 324 runs in the World Cup at a remarkable average of 64.80 were not good enough to cement his place in the test side.
Maxwell has played a handful of tests for Australia in India and UAE, but looked ordinary and failed to make it count. The talented batsman said, “I was hoping my performances against international attacks would hold me in good stead.”
“I thought I played quite well in the World Cup and a couple of games before that. I felt like I was in a good headspace in as far as international cricket goes. I knew I hadn’t played a whole lot of red ball (test) cricket, so I was hoping the fact that I’d been playing international cricket for Australia and that was the reason I was missing Shield cricket would hold me in good stead. But obviously not, and I’ve just got to keep finding a way to try and play some red ball cricket.”
Maxwell has an ideal opportunity in store for him as his teammate; Aaron Finch who was supposed to play for Yorkshire injured his hamstring and might not be fit in time. Maxwell can surely grab this opportunity and play for Yorkshire if things work out well.
Maxwell said the following regarding the county circuit, I’ve always wanted to play county cricket and test my skills over there.””I feel like it’s something that would really suit me and a place I can learn a lot. My experiences with Hampshire playing in the twos (second XI) and the one Championship game I got I learnt a lot over there and really enjoyed the way the game was played.”