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Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell was doing a promotional photoshoot with his kit on and the Baggy Green nestled on his head, but it was during that moment that he learned he had been left out of the Test team for the upcoming series against Pakistan.
Maxwell received a phone call from national selector Trevor Hohns just 20 minutes before the official squad was announced and learned that he wouldn’t be on the plane to the United Arab Emirates.
The 29-year-old admitted that the news hit him like a punch to the gut.
“It took a while to sink in,” Maxwell told SEN as quoted by Sporting News. “It may sound extremely funny, but when I actually got the phone call yesterday, I was actually wearing the Baggy Green, as extraordinary as it might sound.
“I was doing a shoot for one of the sponsors, and we were fully in our whites and had the Baggy Green on. I got the call while it was on top of my head.”
Maxwell revealed that head coach Justin Langer phoned him on Tuesday night and explained that he needed to score more centuries.
Knowing what it will take to get back into the Test side, Maxwell is aiming to shine in the JLT Cup and Sheffield Shield.
“I’ll try and give him that during this JLT and during this (Sheffield) Shield season coming up as well,” he said. “I’ll make sure I can give him what he wants.”
While former Australia captain Ricky Ponting was less than impressed with Maxwell being overlooked, the Kew native took it in stride.
Maxwell also congratulated opening batsman Aaron Finch for being included in the squad.
Finch was one of five uncapped players in the side, with the other four being Brendan Doggett, Michael Neser, Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne.
“I couldn’t be happier for him. I know the amount of work he’s put in,” Maxwell said. “I’d love to be over there with him, I’d love to be able to share his debut with him and to be able to give him a hug after getting his Baggy Green.
“It would be pretty special, but I’ll have to wait until he gets back from Dubai or the T20 series.”