Australia news September 15, 2016

Maxwell's NSW move blocked by Victoria


Glenn Maxwell sought to switch states to address the issues that hindered his inclusion in Australia's ODI and Test squad © AFP

A last-minute bid by Glenn Maxwell to move from Victoria to New South Wales for the 2016-17 season has been blocked by the Bushrangers, who chose to enforce the terms of his Cricket Australia contract.

ESPNcricinfo has learned that Maxwell expressed interest in leaving Victoria for New South Wales during the recent Sri Lanka tour. The approach followed his dumping from the ODI team and the accompanying message from the selectors that he had to become a more consistent batsman to regain his place in 50-over matches and also to challenge for a Test berth.

By way of addressing this, Maxwell sought a move to New South Wales for a change of scene and a chance to advance his maturation as a batsman. New South Wales are believed to have been open to the offer at first, but not pursued further once it became clear Victoria would enforce Maxwell's contract.

All CA-contracted players have a six-week window from the time their deal kicks in on July 1 of each year to state which domestic team they will be playing for in the forthcoming season. However, after that point they are bound to the state they had played for the previous season - Maxwell's request to move states was effectively delivered six weeks too late.

"Glenn is an integral member of the Bushrangers squad," a Cricket Victoria spokesman said. "We'll be working closely with Glenn this season to help him achieve his targets and ensure he is operating at a level to be consistently in contention for Australian selection."

The failed bid to depart creates a conundrum for the newly-appointed Victoria coach Andrew McDonald in terms of working with an unsettled member of his state squad in the forthcoming Matador Cup and then the Shield matches to follow.

In Sri Lanka, Maxwell's star regained some of its former lustre with a pair of explosive Twenty20 innings, taking advantage of the chance to open alongside David Warner. Following his outstanding 145 not out in the first match, he spoke with typical energy about playing Test cricket in the future.

"West Indies was pretty disappointing," Maxwell said. "I felt like I was a bit out of luck there. I just couldn't get a break through that. To not be on the Sri Lanka Test tour probably hurt more than anything. I understood why they dropped me. I had no issues with that. And my scores were quite pitiful, by my standards, for the Australia A team. I think I scored more in this innings than in all my A team innings put together.

"I'd like to think, on the back of my four-day form in Australia, I don't think it should matter where my Tests are played. I wouldn't want to be pigeonholed as a subcontinent specialist, because I know how difficult it is here. All my red-ball runs have been made in either England or Australia. On the back of that I'd like to be picked in Australia."

Numerous players have lifted their Australian prospects by changing states in recent times. Their number has included Ryan Harris (South Australia to Queensland), Chris Rogers (Western Australia to Victoria), Peter Nevill (Victoria to NSW) and Usman Khawaja (NSW to Queensland).

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @danbrettig

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  • Mashuq on September 17, 2016, 16:02 GMT

    Instead of looking for that rare species capable of being picked for either suit the national selectors should be looking for a 6 batsman who bowls decently. Perhaps this is the advice given to Maxwell. Sure his FC average is high, but his few test innings were not good. Still, the sample was too small. How would he do against SAf? Who knows? But I hope he gets given a fair go (imho MM was given inordinate opportunities when the team was crying out for a steadier batsman), not necessarily Maxie because of fears about his temperament. But how will one know whether he's addressed these if not given more opportunities? Where I differ from your comment, @JOHNTHEKIWI, is your reference to Stokes as a "bits and pieces player"Otherwise you're right about Maxi. He'll probably be a much better bat than Ali, and who knows whether Cartwright will fulfill his promise. Just don't ever expect him to live up to the all-rounder moniker. Leave that to Stokes, who definitely won't see out the next Ashes

  • Jonathan on September 17, 2016, 9:32 GMT

    @Baggygreenmania, ok, got you now, I thought you were talking about getting a test cap! I'm not sure about Gibson but obviously it would be good to see Larkin and Hughes get a good run in the shield, I think Hughes would be a starter for the opening game in any case. Looking forward to seeing how Arjun Nair goes more than anyone else and hoping Sandhu can come back strong this season too.

  • Craig on September 17, 2016, 2:18 GMT

    JONO M. Confused. I am referring to being on the cusp of selection in the Blues side. Patterson is already an established member of the Blues who is , I agree, ready now for a Baggy Green. A couple of names hovering on the fringes of a Blues cap are Ryan Gibson, Dan Hughes and Nick Larkin. Not to mention the teenage sensation Jason Sangha.

  • Garry on September 16, 2016, 14:28 GMT

    JOHNTHEKIWI - I agree with your statement that Australian selectors do pigeon hole some players as just white ball specialists. Maxi has a better FC average than most of his competetors and Faulkner is ignored for the all-rounder slot despite averaging pretty much the same as Marsh and Henriques with the bat and having a much better bowling average at FC level.

  • Jonathan on September 16, 2016, 7:48 GMT

    @Threeheadedmonkey, don't confuse the shield wickets with the test wickets, in my opinion the shield wickets aren't particularly flat, up until two seasons ago they were mostly very seamer friendly, now they seem to be pretty well balanced. Just look at the scores.

  • Jonathan on September 16, 2016, 6:19 GMT

    @Aussie_Nate, Chris Lynn has a record quite a bit better than most of them, but he's the only one as you rightly point out.

    @Baggygreenmania, I'm not really sure which blues players you think are on the cusp of higher honors but looking in from the outside I don't really see any with the possible exception of Patterson, even he is a very big shield season away from being considered I would suggest.

    @Annoyedofit, I'm not sure when averages started to become important for our current selectors! This is the primary reason why I'm ignoring Handscomb, for a guy with several years of shield cricket behind him his numbers are pretty average, pretty fifties aren't going to cut it!

  • Craig on September 16, 2016, 2:24 GMT

    Gotta say I am pleased Maxwell missed the boat. as a Sydney born and bred native I believe having someone like Maxie in the Blues side is a retrograde step. We have a host of young talent on the cusp of promotion to the top side.. without the need for an international, and an inconsistent one, come in and muddy the waters.

  • annoyed on September 16, 2016, 2:14 GMT

    Yeah he averages more than Burns. Averages more than Bancroft, Khawaja, the Marsh brothers, Nevill...

  • David on September 15, 2016, 22:47 GMT

    averaging well on the current shield wickets isn't always a direct indication that a player is a test batsman imo.

  • Steve on September 15, 2016, 16:24 GMT

    With the success Max had in the T20s, I hope the squabbles will stop and he can continue to play for his current state.

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