Australia’s power-hitter Glenn Maxwell has left all the hopes of his return in Test cricket. He believes that there are more deserved players than him in the longest format.
The talks of Maxwell’s return in the Test format had started after Australia‘s flaws in the batting line up in middle-order were exposed during the four-match Test series against India. After Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith, no Aussie batsman could play a big knock and put a big total on the board.
The debutant Cameron Green showed his mettle with the bat but he didn’t play a big knock which was the need of the hour. Matthew Wade also gave away his wicket cheaply while the skipper Tim Paine also didn’t produce a fruitful performance.
Australia has more than enough talents to play Test cricket: Glenn Maxwell
However, Glenn Maxwell, who has reaped many match-winning performances for Australia in the limited-over leg, believes that he is not good enough to play the traditional format of the cricket. He reckons that Australia has many players on the bench who are more deserving than him to play Test cricket.
“I don’t think I stand anywhere near it, to be honest,” the 32-year-old told Australia’s Herald Sun newspaper.
“They’ve got their idea of what they want. They’ve got guys in there at the moment who are very, very good first-class players.
“Cameron Green we can see is going to be an absolute superstar, Puck (Will Pucovski), Travis Head’s on the bench averaging 40 in test cricket. “They’ve got more than enough.”
Glenn Maxwell also believes that focusing to play in Test cricket might also cost his place in the shorter formats.
“It’s one of those things where sometimes it’s a bit of a double-edged sword,” he said.
“You’d love to put your name forward for higher honours, but at the risk of losing your spot in the one-day team it’s not worth it.”
Glenn Maxwell made his Test debut against India in the second Test at Hyderabad but was dropped later. In 2018, he was recalled to the Test squad after Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were banned for one year in the sandpaper gate scandal. Overall, he has played seven Test matches and also has one Test century to his name.