Despite missed out on selection for for the Pakistan Test series, Australia Glenn Maxwell is hopeful that he can continue to push his case for a recall by piling up more runs.
Despite missed out on selection for for the Pakistan Test series, Australia Glenn Maxwell is hopeful that he can continue to push his case for a recall by piling up more runs.

Despite missed out on selection for the Pakistan Test series, Australia‘s Glenn Maxwell is hopeful that he can continue to push his case for a recall by piling up more runs.

“Now, I just need to make more runs,” Maxwell told SEN Radio, adding, “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.”

While Australia added five uncapped players — Aaron Finch, Brendan Doggett, Michael Neser, Travis Head, and Marnus Labuschagne — and recalled Peter Siddle for the upcoming two-Test series against Pakistan in UAE, the management they chose to leave Maxwell out.

Maxwell’s omission surprised the likes of former captain Ricky Ponting (who assisted coach Justin Langer in the England tour this summer) and Darren Lehmann (who stood down as Australian coach earlier this year).

However, Maxwell conceded that whenever he was given an opportunity in the longer format he has been found wanting.

“The fact that my numbers at Test level don’t stand up over the last few years when I’ve been included,” he said. Maxwell, has played seven Tests for Australia scoring 339 runs at an average of 26.07 while he has picked eight wickets at 46.62.

However, what has been disappointing for Maxwell is that he was not given the opportunity to prove his worth after not travelling to India with the Australia A team. Head, Doggett, Neser and Labuschagne had been part of that tour which concluded just before Australia announced the squad.

“I suppose the disappointment from my side is I didn’t get an opportunity to play any cricket over the last couple of months,” he said.

“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 (to play Pakistan). But obviously, that wasn’t the case,” Maxwell added.