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Maxwell accepts he didn't impress in Tests

Glenn Maxwell says he's likely not been given a chance in Australia's Test side this summer because he didn't impress selectors when picked previously.

Maxwell accepts he didn't impress in Tests

Glenn Maxwell says he's likely not been given a chance in Australia's Test side this summer because he didn't impress selectors when picked previously.

GLENN MAXWELL of Victoria bats during a Sheffield Shield match at the MCG in Melbourne, Australia.
GLENN MAXWELL of Victoria bats during a Sheffield Shield match at the MCG in Melbourne, Australia. Picture:Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Glenn Maxwell concedes he didn't impress in Test cricket when given the opportunity, and that it could be a hard road back into the Australian red-ball side even through the current upheaval.

Maxwell hasn't been sighted in Test cricket since September 2017 in Bangladesh, leaving him with a record of 339 runs in seven matches at an average of 26.07.


His name hasn't figured in any Australian Test squads this summer, even with a disjointed batting line up that is yet to produce a century in the series against India.

That snub continues despite Maxwell being one of only five players to average above 50 in last summer's Sheffield Shield.

He also averaged 42 in just two games for Victoria this season due to limited availability through Australia's white-ball commitments.

"I think the way they look at it is they think I've got enough opportunities to show what I've got in the Test arena and they weren't happy with what they saw," Maxwell told reporters in Melbourne.

"If I can pile some more runs on at the back end of the summer who knows.

"It's too hard to concentrate on anything too far ahead. They've picked their squad at the moment and I'll be watching."

Australia still have a two-Test series against Sri Lanka to play this summer, in what will be their last red-ball cricket before the Ashes tour.

Maxwell is one of several players who have previously had their chances at Test level that could consider themselves unlucky this season.

Matt Wade leads the Shield's run-scoring lists with 571 at an average of 63.44, while Joe Burns has averaged 47.2 and Matt Renshaw was last summer's top run scorer but has played just one Test since.

Meanwhile, Maxwell said he hoped axed opener Aaron Finch would get another chance in Test cricket, but next time while batting in the middle order.

"I hope that doesn't finish Aaron Finch as a Test cricketer," Maxwell said.

"He was probably a victim of his own success in the UAE, having batted so well as an opener there it probably drove selectors and coaches to put him up there which is fair enough.

"Hopefully next time he gets an opportunity he can bat in a position I think he's more accustomed to."

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