Maxwell in spin over Test spot
SPIN looks certain to play a key part in Australia's coming two-Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, but all-rounder Glenn Maxwell doesn't think he will be given the nod by selectors.
That's despite the Victorian proving a match-winner for Australia in the recent 3-0 clean sweep of the one-day series against Pakistan. He finished with 117 runs at 39 and took four wickets, including two in the final over in game three to give the Aussies a one-run win.
"It would be nice to get a call-up, but I don't think I've quite done enough in the one-day series - to warrant a call-up to the Test side," Maxwell told PakPassion.net.
"I think I've missed a couple of opportunities to make a big score and push my name forward for selection, but you never know. The conditions will suit an off-spinning all-rounder and hopefully I can find my way into the starting XI."
Consistency has been the biggest problem for the 26-year-old who has often been criticised for throwing his wicket away with rash shots.
The Victorian played the last of his two Tests against India in Hyderabad on Australia's ill-fated tour of the sub-continent in 2013.
In that match he and fellow off-spinner Nathan Lyon played together, with the pair opening the bowling. Lyon, Maxwell and New South Wales spinner Steve O'Keefe are all playing in the four-day match between Australia and Pakistan A, presently underway in Sharjah.
Lyon and O'Keefe did the lion's share of the bowling in Pakistan A's first innings, Lyon finishing with 0-68 off 19 overs, while O'Keefe did his chances of selection no harm by taking 3-76 off 23 overs.
Maxwell was given just three overs.