- Glenn Maxwell is poised for a shock Test recall
- Follows the 35-year-old’s World Cup heroics in India
- His all-rounder status could be invaluable on subcontinent
Glenn Maxwell’s World Cup heroics may see the ‘Big Show’ given a priceless opportunity to force his way back into the Australian Test team.
The 35-year-old, who has played seven Tests across his career, is tipped to be in the selection mix for the next tour of Sri Lanka come January of 2025.
While his blistering century from 40 balls against the Netherlands and his incredible unbeaten 201 versus Afghanistan showcased his obvious quality with the bat, it is Maxwell’s off-spin which has the reportedly caught the eye.
By the time Australia do pick their squad to tour the subcontinent, Maxwell will be 36, but his passion for Test cricket is said to be as strong as ever.
What could work against Maxwell is the International Cricket Council (ICC) – cricket’s governing body – throwing Sri Lanka out of the world game this week, citing ‘political interference.’
Glenn Maxwell’s World Cup heroics may see the ‘Big Show’ given a priceless opportunity to force his way back into the Australian Test team
The 35-year-old has played seven Tests across his career – all in Asia – a statistic Maxwell is keen to change
Sri Lanka were suspended by the ICC for being ‘in serious breach of their obligations as a member’ after the puzzling decision from their government to sack the SLC board.
An interim committee was hastily put in place to instead run the country’s cricket programs, led by former captain Arjuna Ranatunga.
The move has angered the ICC and follows Sri Lanka’s underwhelming World Cup campaign, which saw them win just two of their nine games.
Meanwhile, what path Maxwell chooses to follow will intrigue many fans.
If as widely expected, T20 cricket look to establish a new world order, led by the riches on offer for players in the Indian Premier League, the traditional form of the game may suffer.
Maxwell will be in high demand thanks to his prowess at the crease, and given he will be at the twilight of his career in 2025, the money could be too good to refuse.
But Maxwell has previously stated he feels he has unfinished business at Test level, with all seven of his Tests played in Asia.
He missed the tour of India earlier this year after breaking his leg at a friend’s 50th birthday celebrations and was overlooked for the 2022 trip to Sri Lanka.
The last time Maxwell wore his baggy green was in 2017 against Bangladesh.
In August last year, he told cricket.com.au he craves another opportunity at first class level.
‘Having that taste of just being in the Test squad [against Sri Lanka in 2022] was so exciting and reinvigorated and reminded myself of where I want to be,’ he said at the time.
‘It’s something that I’ve made no secret about, that I really want to play Test cricket again.’