Australia in India 2012-13 February 2, 2013

Maxwell will be 'more reserved' in Test cricket


Glenn Maxwell might be the very model of the modern cricketer, raised on Twenty20 and thriving on the short format's fast pace, but he insists he has the patience to make it as a Test cricketer as well. On Thursday, Maxwell was named as the main spinning allrounder in Australia's Test squad to tour India, meaning he is likely to earn a baggy green on the trip, and the following day he crunched an unbeaten 51 from 35 balls in Australia's one-day annihilation of West Indies.

Promoted to open the batting Maxwell scored nearly three-quarters of Australia's runs in their tiny chase of 71, racing to the target within the first ten overs. Maxwell's brisk scoring is nothing new to those who have watched him at domestic level over the past few seasons, but he has also managed to average 42 at first-class level and believes his technique can stand up to the challenges of the five-day game.

"I feel like I'm definitely a genuine batsman," Maxwell said in Perth ahead of Sunday's second ODI. "I've done a lot of work on my technique over the last few years. [Victoria coach] Greg Shipperd has been a big believer in my technique and I feel that's shone through in Shield cricket.

"I've played some good Shield innings where I've played technically really good cricket. I'm hoping I can showcase that when the opportunity arises, but yesterday wasn't really the time to do it. I'm sure if I get the chance to play Test cricket I'll probably be a bit more reserved."

Maxwell has spent some time in India in the past, visiting the country in 2010 for a training camp as part of the Centre of Excellence intake, and enjoying a short stint with the Delhi Daredevils in last year's IPL. He said his plan, if he was given the opportunity in Test cricket on the upcoming tour, would be straightforward.

"I've thought about how I'm going to be playing spinners over there," he said. "I've been lucky enough to play over there a little bit, I had the Academy a couple of years ago and had the IPL experience last year. I know my game plan over there is going to be pretty simple, using my feet against the spinners and hopefully that will hold me in good stead."

Although Maxwell is considered a batting allrounder, his offspin has developed over the past few months and the selectors would expect significant overs from him if he was slotting into the Test outfit. Maxwell said he had worked with Shane Warne this summer on the mental side of spin bowling, as well as Ray Bright and Shawn Flegler, and he was confident that the sharp turn expected on the Indian pitches would allow him greater margin for error.

"With the wickets and the way they spin, you can bowl a lot faster over there and really use your pace variations to your advantage," Maxwell said. "In Australia you've got to be a lot more accurate, a lot more consistent in a certain area, where India allows you a lot more margin for error just because of the way it spins."

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Sean on February 3, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    Is it April 1st already?

    Glenn Maxwell? So Glen Maxwell will save australia?

  • Ritvik on February 3, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    Say hello to the future of Australian cricket. Aggression, exuberance of youth, versatality in the field... And, most importantly, can SPIN the ball coming from there!

  • Kelum on February 3, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    Maxwell is a good cricketer but is a long way from playing in tests. In-fact apart from Clarke all the other batsman have technical faults that can be easily exploited by a good bowling lineup or a testing wicket. SA showed it this summer and the coming India and Ashes tours will show how capable these batsman really are.

  • Philip on February 3, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    Did Maxwell have a reserved seat in the pavillion while batting in the first two ODIs, for it seemed that he couldn't wait to get back there. First game it worked when it hardly mattered, the second - well, it did matter and the less said about it, the better. That about sums up where Maxwell is curently at. One record-breakingly quick half-century does not a Test batting career make. He remains very much a work-in-progress and there are far too many of those already around the national team.

  • Guy on February 3, 2013, 3:39 GMT

    @MrArmchairCricket, no, I have never seen Maxwell bat in the Shield. Don't need to. Rule 1: if you're not batting in the top 4 for your state, you're almost certainly not a Test class batsman. Rule 2: if you have to tell people you're a genuine batsman, you're not a genuine batsman. Maxwell's first-class numbers look OK, but the sample size is far too small. His numbers are similar to Steve Smith's, but over less innings, and when Smith was picked for Tests he was clearly not Test class. If we pick Maxwell for a Test we need to accept that we are consciously weakening our batting in exchange for whatever his bowling brings (like when we picked Smith). As in Smith's case, the 'whatever his bowling brings' is... 'not much'.

  • Dan on February 3, 2013, 1:42 GMT

    Thanks MrArmchairCricket. I haven't seen him play "proper" cricket but it is good to know he can bat as a batsman should. His knock on Friday showed only that he had a reasonable eye and can slog in bizarre fashion. He's worth a risk cause he has attitude. Here's hoping he's our next Andrew Symonds.

  • Patrick on February 3, 2013, 1:26 GMT

    I can see the temptation with Maxwell, more so than Smith anyway... A bit harsh Essex man, walking in and tapping 2 boundaries in 2 balls to almost steal the T20, knocking the Windies around with disdain for the conditions to genuinely back up his 'take more risks' comments (for which many here belted him as a big mouth), you must have an awesome 2nd XI, half Sth African are they ;-)

  • Lewis on February 3, 2013, 0:51 GMT

    Don't think he belongs at test level but we will find out in India. My opinion is that he is a good T20 player but he needs more time in shield before being bought into test level. A real shame that Mcdonald and Mitch Marsh are not fit enough.

  • Hyo on February 3, 2013, 0:41 GMT

    I cannot see maxwell do any better than what he just did in the last match. Test match is a different breed of cricket. There is no technic in has batting. He just swings and hope for the best.