Glenn Maxwell is hoping to knock the doors of selectors with his all-round performance © Getty Images
Glenn Maxwell is hoping to knock the doors of selectors with his all-round performance © Getty Images

Glenn Maxwell who carries the tag of an all-rounder for his skills with bat and ball, is hoping to get a call up for Test cricket with his performance doing the talking for him. If it might have gone unnoticed, Maxwell was left out from the 15-man squad for Tests series against Sri Lanka. In fact left arm spinner Steve O’Keefe has been the pick for Australia while Moises Henriques will be the backup all-rounder. Maxwell could have been upset after his being included once in the Test team while playing against Bangladesh that was called off due to security reasons. Since then, Maxwell has averaged 56 with bat from nine first-class knocks he has squeezed in around various ODI and T20 commitments. Maxwell somewhere realises Australia has set top six batsmen after regaining No.1 Test rank earlier this year. ALSO READ: David Warner and the Australian domination in IPL

One person he considers to be tough competition is Nathan Lyon. Maxwell spoke to AAP exclusively and said, “Competing with Nathan Lyon is always going to be tough. I’ve just got to improve my batting to the point where they can’t resist having me as an all-rounder and a back-up to him.” Maxwell, who has played three Tests since debuting in 2013, won’t go down the same path. ALSO READ: IPL 2016: Glenn Maxwell is not the go-to-man for Kings XI Punjab anymore

The 27-year-old further added, “I don’t think I can rest on just being a batsman. I know Steven Smith went that way when he lost his Test spot, not really bowling much at all. But I don’t think I can go that direction. I have to keep working on both parts of my game and make sure they’re good enough. I’ve decided not to play in England for the first time in four years. It might be a good chance to get a pre-season under my belt and spend a bit of time working on my game.”

Maxwell is clearly upset on his non-selection in Test squad for Sri Lanka series. But with test tour against India in pipeline at 2017, he expects to impress the selectors with his skill by then. He further added, “If I can make some runs then and also hopefully in Sri Lanka for the one-day series, it still puts pressure on those guys in the squad. I was obviously a bit disappointed initially but having a look at the squad they’ve picked for Sri Lanka, I can understand. They’ve got all bases covered. I think it’s a squad that is going to win the series. It’s a really strong squad and I fully understand why I’m not in it.”