Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell (AFP Photo)

On Tuesday, Australia named their 15-man squad for the Pakistan Test series in the UAE in which Glenn Maxwell failed to find a spot. Bizarrely, Maxwell was wearing Test whites and Baggy Green when he received the call of him being ignored from the squad which includes five uncapped players.

“It may sound extremely funny but when I got the phone call yesterday I was actually wearing the Baggy Green, as extraordinary as it might sound,” Maxwell told Melbourne radio station SEN on Wednesday. “I was doing a shoot for one of the sponsors and we were fully in our whites. And I had the Baggy Green on and got the call while it was on top of my head.”

Maxwell revealed he snubbed offers to play county cricket in England and was asked to not travel with Australia A team to India for the an unofficial two-Test series.

The 29-year-old expressed disappointment at missing out on the chance to play cricket in the recent months. “I suppose the disappointment from my side is I didn’t get an opportunity to play any cricket over the last couple of months. I had a few offers to play county cricket in England and they were initially knocked back with an opportunity to go and play in India in the A series.

“To get told not to play in the A series and have a rest, and I was understanding of that and their reasoning behind that … I was hoping that was a positive note to go to Dubai. But obviously that wasn’t the case,” he said.

Since making his debut in 2013, Maxwell has played in just seven Tests, scored 339 runs including a century and taken eight wickets. However, he still harbours hopes of representing Australia in the longest format.

“I feel like I’ve still got some really good cricket years ahead of me. I think if I continue to play the way I have been in the last 12 months, the selections will eventually go my way.

“I feel like I’m getting better and better. Hopefully this is another year where I can prove people wrong and put a lot of runs on the board.”

He has been told his selection didn’t come through because of his failure to capitalise on the opportunities he has received in the past. “The fact that my numbers at Test level don’t stand up over the last few years when I’ve been included. Now I just need to make more runs. Hopefully I can pile on enough runs this summer to keep pushing my case forward.

“I had a pretty good year last year so now I’ve just got to have another good year this year and hope selections go my way at some stage.

“The drive to wear that cap again for my country is still burning deep within me and I can’t wait to hopefully wear it again one day. If it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen but I’ll be doing everything within my power to get back out there and represent my country,” Maxwell explained.