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Glenn Maxwell has admitted that he needs to improve his off-spin if he is to be considered a true all-rounder and have a chance of regaining his spot in Australia’s Test squad.
Maxwell, known as one of Australia’s limited overs superstars, has struggled in the longest format of the game as he has scored 80 runs in three matches at a dismal average of 13.33. He has also taken seven wickets at an average of 38.71.
Maxwell knows that he must work on both aspects of his game, especially his bowling, if he is to feature in a Test match again.
“I don’t think I can rest on just being a batsman,” Maxwell told AAP. “I know Steve Smith went that way when he lost his Test spot, not really bowling much at all. But I don’t think I can go that direction. I have to keep working on both parts of my game and make sure they’re good enough.
“I’ve decided not to play in England for the first time in four years. It might be a good chance to get a pre-season under my belt and spend a bit of time working on my game.”
Maxwell was not part of Australia’s Test squad for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka in July as all-rounder Moises Henriques took his place in the side.
Furthermore, with Australia having selected Stephen O’Keefe as the second spinner behind Nathan Lyon, Maxwell acknowledged that his work is cut out for him as it will be tough to take O’Keefe’s spot since the 31-year-old is a left-arm spinner, while he bowls off-spin, which is the same as Lyon.
“Competing with Nathan Lyon is always going to be tough,” Maxwell said. “I’ve just got to improve my batting to the point where they can’t resist having me as an allrounder and a back-up to him.”
Maxwell is now looking to make his presence felt during the ODI tri-series in the Caribbean next month and the limited overs series in Sri Lanka.
“If I can make some runs then and also hopefully in Sri Lanka for the one-day series, it still puts pressure on those guys in the squad,” Maxwell said. “I was obviously a bit disappointed initially but having a look at the squad they’ve picked for Sri Lanka, I can understand. They’ve got all bases covered. I think it’s a squad that is going to win the series. It’s a really strong squad and I fully understand why I’m not in it.”