Ashes 2017-18: Craig McDermott Believes Unimpressed Glenn Maxwell Not Fit for Number Six Spot
Former Australia coach Craig McDermott is not convinced with the struggling batting all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, who is one of the contenders to fill the vacant number six spot for Australia in the impending Ashes series which will be beginning from November 23 at Gabba in Brisbane.
“I’m not sure whether Maxwell is the man for the job,” McDermott was quoted as saying by Omnisport.
The former Australian fast bowler McDermott revealed the hosts should further look beyond Maxwell – to solve the long-standing number six problem in the national fold, before taking on England in the series Down Under.
“Number six is going to be a difficult one. I don’t know if Test cricket is his game really,” McDermott maintained.
Unconvinced with the Test credential of Maxwell, the 52-year-old McDermott hinted the latter is not the man to look out for when the team has already been facing the daunting challenge.
While reflecting on 29-year-old’s career, the Queensland-born McDermott remarked Maxwell does not seem a fit to Test fold after observing his game recently.
“Whilst he is a very talented batsman, he’s not really fired in Test cricket when he’s had a chance and sometimes you just don’t know what you’re going to get with him,” McDermott added.
Interestingly, shedding the X-factor, Maxwell is subsequently battling for his place while featuring in the ongoing JLT Sheffield Shield competition.
Maxwell struck a solitary hundred against India earlier this year when he was making a comeback in Test fold.
The Melbourne-based cricketer Maxwell played seven Tests to score 339 runs at the average of 26.07.
With Ashes around the corner, Maxwell’s fate to feature in the home series would be decided by Cricket Australia (CA) selectors when third-round of the six-team four-day domestic competition will culminate next week.
“I think they are going to go with the three pacemen and a spinner, so there is what you’ve got and if you’ve got a batsman who can bowl a bit, that helps out. “ McDermott said.
However, the red-ball competition will kick off on November 13 which would further be observed by selectors closely before the all-important meeting would disclose the Ashes squad.
Recently, the all-rounder Maxwell registered two fifties while facing South Australia, as he represented his state-based side Victoria, before failing to score runs against Queensland.
On the other side, McDermot threw his support behind all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, who is highly-likely unexpected to bowl after undergoing major shoulder reconstruction back home.
McDermott has further lavished praise on Marsh, who led Western Australia to lift the JLT One-day Cup following his significant contribution with the bat.
“I’m a pretty big fan of Mitchell Marsh, he is the ideal guy you would want at number six,” McDermott concluded.
McDermott himself played 71 Tests for Australia in which he bagged 291 wickets at an average of 28.63.
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In 138 ODIs, McDermott claimed 203 wickets at an average of 24.71 after his international debut in 1984 against Windies at Melbourne.
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