The Australian batsman has played just seven Tests so far in his career and averages a lowly 26. His last Test appearance came during Australia’s tour of Bangladesh in September last year.
On Friday, Maxwell struck a 38-ball 56 in the T20 Tri-Series clash against Zimbabwe at Harare to lead Australia to a narrow five-wicket win.
“I would love an opportunity to play in the Test team again, I have had mixed opportunities with the Test side and probably haven’t quite grabbed it with both hands every time I have had the opportunity. If I do get the opportunity I will hopefully take it with both hands this time,” Maxwell was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au after his half-century performance.
The 29-year-old is targeting a return to the Australian Test side for the two matches against Pakistan which will take place in the UAE in October this year.
The right-hander was initially supposed to be a part of the Australia ‘A’ side which will tour India later this year but has now dropped those plans.
“I was hoping to go on it (Australia A’s tour of India), but as they pointed out I have been to India 16 or 17 times so there is no real need for me to go over there and prove what I can do,” he said.
“I got a Test hundred over there (India) last year and hopefully I can get up to Brisbane (to the Bupa National Cricket Centre) if I get the chance to go up there,” Maxwell added.
Maxwell will be in action once again on Sunday when Australia lock horns with Pakistan in the final of the T20 Tri-Series at Harare.
Ahead of the first Test between Sri Lanka and South Africa which gets underway at Galle on July 12, the two skippers have sought clarity from the ICC on rules pertaining to eating candy in the wake of recent sanctions for ball-tampering.
Sri Lanka skipper Chandimal was recently fined 100 per cent of his matches fees and banned for the third Test against the West Indies after being found guilty of tampering with the ball.
The Sri Lanka captain was adjudged to have used saliva containing the residue of some other substance during the match. Currently, ICC rules permit the use of saliva and sweat to shine the red ball but using any other substance such as a sugary residue from sweets is prohibited.
“They still haven’t said what is allowed and what isn’t. Is chewing gum allowed or not? You want consistency,” du Plessis told reporters in Colombo.
“We will meet with the umpires and the match referee and ask what we can carry with us to the field. What sweets we can put in our mouths and when,” Chandimal said on his part.
Earlier this week, the ICC had unveiled tougher sanctions for ball-tampering with the offence being upgraded to Level 3 from the previous Level 2. The offence carries a maximum of 12 demerit points which could see guilty players being banned for up to six Tests matches or 12 ODIs for the offence.
The new sanctions were added in the light of the ball-tampering episode which occurred during Australia’s tour of South Africa.
Both sides come into the summit showdown off the back of three victories out of four in the round-robin stage. In the two previous matches between the two sides in the tri-series, the honours were shared equally with each side picking up a win – and comfortably easing past Zimbabwe in the other matches.
PAKISTAN LOOK TO CONSOLIDATE NO1 RANKING
Before the start of the series, Australia had the chance of leapfrogging the No1 ranked Pakistan in the ICC rankings. That opportunity vanished with Pakistan’s 45-run win over the Aussies last Thursday. With England and India currently locked at 1-1 in their three-match T20 series, it means that Sarfraz Ahmed’s men will hold on to their crown irrespective of Sunday’s outcome.
However, the men in green will want to consolidate their top-dog position and extend their current six-point lead over second-ranked India as well as their seven-point lead over the third-ranked Aussies.
SHAHEEN AFRIDI GIVES SARFRAZ SELECTION HEADACHE
Pakistan’s win over Australia in the dead-rubber clash has given Sarfraz a problem of plenty. Teenage pacer Shaheen Afridi impressed in only his second T20I outing for Pakistan by picking up a three-wicket haul which included the scalps of Aaron Finch, D’Arcy Short and Glenn Maxwell.
With plenty of pacers at his disposal, the Pakistan skipper is faced with a tough choice between playing Afridi or sticking to the experience pairing of Hasan Ali and Usman Khan. Pace spearhead Mohammad Amir sat out the side’s first two games in the series and will lead the attack in the final in all probability.
That would mean Sarfraz will need to leave out one of Hasan Ali, Afridi or Usman in the final and it will definitely not be an easy decision.
AUSTRALIA LOOK TO SEAL FIRST TROPHY OF LANGER ERA
Australia arrived in Zimbabwe following a crushing 6-0 whitewash at the hands of England in the limited-overs clashes. Finch and his men have given a much better account of themselves in the African nation although they still look far from the finished article. With the skipper rediscovering his form and Glenn Maxwell finding his touch too, the Aussies are starting to become a much more potent unit.
With pacer Billy Stanlake in devastating form with the new ball, Justin Langer’s men will fancy their chances of a first series win since the ugly aftermath of the ball-tampering scandal.