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Why Glenn Maxwell deserves Test selection

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    With the new captain, coach and some introspection of teams culture and attitude, Australian cricket is making waves for all the right reasons.

    But Allan Border added Glenn Maxwell’s name in the Test line up, calling him good enough to be successful in the longest format of the game.

    After being called into the test squad last year against India, Maxwell has scored 259 runs in eight innings at 37, spreading across Tests in India and Bangladesh.

    Before 2017 he played three of his Tests in India and the UAE, which stretches way back to 2014. His dry run in the first-class arena, where he couldn’t get a hundred for the three years before 2017, was perhaps his undoing, and getting into loggerheads with the coach and not being in the good books of captain Steve Smith didn’t help.

    But since then he has had a most productive season in first-class cricket, scoring his best 278 runs in the 2017-18 season and capping off his most productive season to date with 707 runs at 50.50.

    Glenn Maxwell

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    He also gave a standout performance in Australia’s T20 tri-series tournament against New Zealand and England in February, with scores of 40 not out, 103 not out, 39, 31 and 20 not out.

    There is no question about his talent and skills in shorter formats, but Maxwell’s ability to contribute with the ball and his live-wire fielding, resulting in some stunning catches and tight runouts, help his case.

    Mitch Marsh’s medium pace piped him for a place in the Test line-up for the Ashes and South African series, but with Australia’s next assignment in the UAE, where spin will play a major role, Australia A’s upcoming tour of India will be an important opportunity for Maxwell in the consideration of spots up for grabs after David Warner and Steven Smith were suspended.

    Should Maxwell perform well in the given opportunity, there is no doubt his name will not be missed on tour to UAE. The backing of captain Tim Paine and coach Justin Langer will do him a world of good.

    State of Origin 2 is here, with the Blues looking to wrap the 2018 series up and the Maroons hoping to keep it alive and force a decider. Follow along with our NSW vs QLD Origin 2 live scores and blog.

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    • Roar Guru

      May 21st 2018 @ 8:54am
      JamesH said | May 21st 2018 @ 8:54am | ! Report

      Yes.

      • Roar Rookie

        May 21st 2018 @ 9:05am
        Pedro The Fisherman said | May 21st 2018 @ 9:05am | ! Report

        No.

        • May 21st 2018 @ 9:19am
          jameswm said | May 21st 2018 @ 9:19am | ! Report

          Yes. Ahead of Handscomb, or ahead of Mitch marsh if not fit.

          1. Renshaw
          2. Burns
          3. Khawaja
          4. SMarsh
          5. Maxwell
          6. MMarsh

    • May 21st 2018 @ 9:10am
      bazza said | May 21st 2018 @ 9:10am | ! Report

      Yes

    • May 21st 2018 @ 9:16am
      Paul said | May 21st 2018 @ 9:16am | ! Report

      “All we are saying, is give him a chance”. Yes

    • Roar Rookie

      May 21st 2018 @ 9:45am
      Pedro The Fisherman said | May 21st 2018 @ 9:45am | ! Report

      There are plenty of players that have performed equally as well or better at Shield level over the past year and surely they should be given a chance as well.
      It seems that only the past year counts and all past indiscretions and performances must be forgotten because it suits your argument.

      • Roar Guru

        May 21st 2018 @ 2:28pm
        JamesH said | May 21st 2018 @ 2:28pm | ! Report

        The past year tends to be the most relevant, Pedro. Besides, he has a first class average over 40 (from 59 matches) and a test century in India. Not many other players can boast that.

        Throw in the fact he is an electric fielder and a handy part-time offie, as well as the fact he was just about next in line at the start of last summer when Warner and Smith were in the side, and it’s a no-brainer. Unless, of course, you just have an irrational dislike of the bloke.

        • Roar Rookie

          May 21st 2018 @ 7:21pm
          Pedro The Fisherman said | May 21st 2018 @ 7:21pm | ! Report

          His stats do not stack up over the past year to someone like Callum Ferguson or George Bailey?
          Over the past few years then he doesn’t stack up to Travis Head at First Class level (and he can bowl a few overs as well if needed).
          Pick him in the T20 by all means but surely you can see that he has had his chance at Test level and it is time for others to be given a go … unless you are running with the irrational suggestion that he has been hard done by with a Test batting average of 26 and a bowling average of 42 across his 7 tests!

          • Roar Pro

            May 21st 2018 @ 9:40pm
            Saurabh Gandle said | May 21st 2018 @ 9:40pm | ! Report

            Does he bat at No,3 or No.4 no? He would be batting at no.6.Moreover, if you really mean to have a look at his average better look at since 2017, not before that. He has made changes in technique to adapt to test format and its shown the result.

            George Bailey and Fergusson does deserve the shot.But perhaps the selectors are blinded sided and to be honest they are suited to bat in above Maxwell, not below that.

            • Roar Rookie

              May 22nd 2018 @ 12:25pm
              Pedro The Fisherman said | May 22nd 2018 @ 12:25pm | ! Report

              Being selective with statistics could throw up some unexpected outcomes and can backfire pretty quickly. I prefer more than 1 year as an indicator of change – perhaps 3. How does Travis Head line up over the past 3 years compared to say … Maxwell? Maxwell has changed his game at age 29. Head has matured his game to become more consistent at age 24!
              Also, has Maxwell made those runs in 2017/18 Shield that you seem so enamored with at number 6? No? Didn’t think so! Were those runs made on the flat road that is the MCG? Yes? I thought so! Is Maxwell a future candidate for Australian skipper? Certainly not! …
              One player represents the future. The other is Maxwell!

              • May 22nd 2018 @ 1:36pm
                BurgyGreen said | May 22nd 2018 @ 1:36pm | ! Report

                “How does Travis Head line up over the past 3 years compared to say … Maxwell?”

                Glad you asked. Maxwell has 1228 runs at 47 (often away with Australian limited overs squad so not heaps of runs, great average though).

                Head: 2104 runs at 41, playing just about every game.

                So Maxwell has a comfortably better record over the past three Shield seasons despite not having a consistent run at it.

                Also, not sure what your point is regarding Maxwell not batting at 6. For one thing, Head doesn’t bat there either, and for another thing, 3 is a much harder position than 6 and hence runs are more valuable there.

                Head is younger. Yes. But our current batting lineup is woefully inexperienced. We certainly don’t need an injection of youth.

              • Roar Rookie

                May 22nd 2018 @ 5:45pm
                Pedro The Fisherman said | May 22nd 2018 @ 5:45pm | ! Report

                As you have pointed out, Head brings plenty of Shield experience. He has been playing since he was 18, and captaining since he was 21.
                I am a little surprised that you have missed the fact that Travis Head has also been Shield Player of the Year and was a Also named Player of the Championship in the National Under-19 Championships … twice.
                Thanks for the Stats. I would contend that Maxwell makes his runs on the road that is the MCG.
                He has also playing in many of those internationals that Maxwell has been playing in and is pretty much entrenched in that side (often playing as the swingman).
                PS: It was Saurabh that suggested Maxwell does not bat at 3 or 4 and will bat at 6. I merely suggested that Maxwell hasn’t been batting at No 6.
                I guess we will have to agree to disagree (and time will tell where the selectors turn).

              • Roar Pro

                May 23rd 2018 @ 6:53pm
                Barry & Zac said | May 23rd 2018 @ 6:53pm | ! Report

                You obviously like Travis Head as a player but… Maxwell is just that bit extra overall whether it be batting bowling or fielding. He has been absolutely robbed as of late but if given the chance I am sure he will perform well for Australia and will likely add to his sole test century.

    • May 21st 2018 @ 11:21am
      Bob Sims said | May 21st 2018 @ 11:21am | ! Report

      Yes! He undoubtedly has the talent and has proven in the past that he can be a game-changer, both with the bat and in the field. He is thankfully now not fighting the lack of support from the previous coach and total disinterest from the previous captain, and may well prosper.

    • May 21st 2018 @ 12:02pm
      Tanmoy Kar said | May 21st 2018 @ 12:02pm | ! Report

      He is mostly preferred in the shorter formats, but his failure in the recently concluded IPL gives a lot of doubt about his abilities.

      • Roar Pro

        May 21st 2018 @ 4:29pm
        Saurabh Gandle said | May 21st 2018 @ 4:29pm | ! Report

        Honestly IPL should be no criteria to judge a player definitely not experienced campaigner like Glenn Maxwell.He is a confidence player after all.

        • Roar Pro

          May 23rd 2018 @ 6:55pm
          Barry & Zac said | May 23rd 2018 @ 6:55pm | ! Report

          Well said mate. You cannot justify a selection for test cricket on T20 form which is pretty much a game of luck (Jos Buttler exempt but that is due to a lack of options on the English part).

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