Glenn Maxwell is one of the world’s best all-rounders in white-ball cricket, but he has not played Test cricket for Australia since 2017. The long wait to see Maxwell donning the whites again for Australia has ended as the selectors have named him in the squad for their upcoming ICC World Test Championship series against the Sri Lankan cricket team.
The Australian cricket team is currently on a tour of Sri Lanka, where the visitors won the three-match T20I series by 2-1. However, they are trailing in the five-match ODI series by a scoreline of 1-3. The Aussies will be keen to win the ICC World Test Championship series because they have a solid chance of qualifying for next year’s WTC Final.
Australia narrowly missed out on a spot in the ICC World Test Championship final last year, but they are among the top contenders to win the trophy this year. The series against Sri Lanka is crucial, but unfortunately, the team’s batter Travis Head has a minor hamstring strain.
As a result, the selectors named Maxwell as a back-up for him. If Maxwell does make it to the playing XI of the Australian Test cricket team, it will be the first time he plays Test cricket since 2017. Last year, Maxwell had said that his Test career is all but over, but now he is back in the squad.
“I don’t think I stand anywhere near it, to be honest. They’ve got their idea of what they want. They’ve got guys in there at the moment who are very, very good first-class players. Cameron Green we can see is going to be an absolute superstar, Puck (Will Pucovski), Travis Head’s on the bench averaging 40 in Test cricket,” Maxwell had said.
Fans react as Glenn Maxwell is back in Australian squad
Fans were ecstatic to see Maxwell back in the Australian squad. Here are some of the top Twitter reactions:
Glenn Maxwell returns to Australia's Test squad for the first time in 5 years.— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) June 23, 2022
2nd test 100 soon https://t.co/zTPSOnG2Xg— z (@vengeancxe) June 23, 2022
Simply brilliant move ,just play him as an x factor and it is always worth it 👌 https://t.co/T1Z4BY0G61— Ustaad (@UstaadAdmi) June 23, 2022
Maxiii Is Back In Red Ball Cricket .— Waheed 🦁 (@Wah33dKhann) June 23, 2022
Wohooooo! Whatte news. https://t.co/oPCGrvnfVv— TheRandomCricketPhotosGuy (@RandomCricketP1) June 23, 2022
Deserved! One of their best batters against spin right now! https://t.co/5L0u5Uei1W— Anirudh (@OffDrive_) June 23, 2022
Cricket Australia getting inspiration from Pant and Bairstow, might turn out to be a backup for Nathan Lyon https://t.co/ra9QlVF1Xj— Vikram 🏏⚽ (@shortarmpull) June 23, 2022