Glenn Maxwell has said that he is pretty much determined to earn back a place in the Test team despite being left out of the squad for the ongoing two-match series against Pakistan and feels that the value of runs in the white-ball domestic game must not be underestimated in fulfilling this ambition.
Maxwell, who is currently busy playing for Victoria in the domestic list A tournament and will be traveling to UAE for the three-match T20I series which follows the Test series, was quoted saying on cricket.com.au as, "I'd like to be able to put as many runs forward and hopefully get an opportunity," he added, "I'm not sure what role they're looking at for me for the T20s. We've seen with (Aaron) Finch that with a weight of runs in any format you're a chance to get selected."
Maxwell further reiterated, "But if I can show I'm batting well, moving well, and doing a job with the ball … and that's been the key thing this (JLT Cup) tournament, I feel like I've been bowling as well as I ever have. Getting the opportunity to bowl more overs has been really good for me here, and hopefully, that holds me in good stead when I get over there."
"I'm excited to get over there (UAE). Watching the boys sweat it out in the training videos has been good to see, I know what it's like over there at this time of year," he expressed.
One of the things which haven't helped Maxwell's case at all is the lack of good amount of Sheffield Shield games that he has played, because of his commitments with the limited overs team.
Even this year, he'll be busy featuring against South Africa and India at home and might not get to play enough first-class games, but the right-hand batsman has given himself the option of featuring in county cricket during summers in England from next year onwards, to make up for it.
He said, "It's something that's happened a lot throughout my career, I think if you look at the number of Shield games I reckon I would've played the lowest out of a lot of players that I'm probably vying for a (Test) spot against."
"Whether or not that's hurt me or not? I'm not really sure. I do miss a lot of first-class cricket and probably need to try and get to England to play a bit more," and signed off.
(Inputs from Cricket Next)