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Test cricket on Glenn Maxwell’s mind

Glenn Maxwell still upbeat about test spot

Glenn Maxwell has been a source of strength for the Australians in the shorter forms of the game. Maxwell was simply at his best during Australia’s victorious ICC World Cup 2015 campaign and stole the show with his big hits. In the IPL as well, Maxwell has been a standout performer for the Kings XI Punjab and the Victorian was the Man of the Series in the 2014 edition of the league.

However, Maxwell has not been able to convert that success into test cricket despite playing a few matches. His batting was below par during his maiden test series against India and in UAE as well against Pakistan, Maxwell failed to cope up. As he prepares for another grueling IPL, he is also focused on test matches.

With Australia bound to tour Sri Lanka for a test series, Maxwell is eager to find a place in the ranks. “I’d love to be on that tour. It’s one that I’ve looked at with a lot of interest,” Maxwell said. “I was ready for the postponed tour of Bangladesh last year and I certainly feel as ready I can be for Sri Lanka. “I feel like my bowling at international level has improved. I feel like I had a really good Sheffield Shield season with the bat. I was pretty consistent, averaged around 55 and hit the ball really well.”

Maxwell also added that he was working a lot on his spin bowling so that he could offer a lot more variety as a member of the test side. “Definitely. It’s always (spin bowling) in the back of my mind,” Maxwell said. “The ball might be white but in my mind, I’m thinking about how the deliveries would look in the longer format. The lines I have to bowl and that sort of thing. “Bowling genuine offspring in the nets is probably going to be more helpful than just trying to dart them in.”

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