Glen Maxwell might be included in the playing XI for the second test against SL
Batting at eight and taking the game on: Maxwell's role for Australia
According to Pat Cummins, the captain of Australia, Glenn Maxwell has a fair possibility of being included in the playing XI as a spinning all-rounder at No. 8 for the second test against Sri Lanka in Galle, depending on the pitch they prepare on match day. Australia has kept the same squad going into the second and final Test with a 1-0 advantage.
On Thursday, Cummins stated, "Same 12." (July 7). "We'll examine the wicket today and perhaps tomorrow morning as well. See what they do with it in the end. a little tougher than it did the previous week. Some grass there, however it is currently being mowed. Therefore, we'll probably wait till tomorrow morning."
Maxwell will come in place of Mitchell Starc if Australia opt to play him as an extra spinner, although he has been away from first class cricket for more than two and a half years. That said Maxwell was the pick of the bowlers in the One day series as per the skipper.
"He was excellent. All-round package that he brings in, particularly that bowling, you feel like you can easily get 15-20 overs out of him. Pretty different kind of first-class cricket here to what you might experience playing Sheffield Shield. Different pace. Wickets are so different. The role that we'll see him in is a little bit of bowling and a bit of batting at No.8 and taking the game on. It might not be grinding out a hundred but a quickfire 30 or 40."
Cummins also said that the side was assembled for the Sri Lanka series with an eye on the upcoming Test series in India next year. "Yeah potentially. I think everyone in this squad that was picked had an eye for India as the one that we're all building towards for next year. So absolutely, another one for Starcy, it's going to be hugely valuable for next year."
With regards to how Starc would take being left out of the XI to accommodate Maxwell, Cummins said his bunch of fast bowlers were team players and knew what they brought to the side.
"Yeah they're not happy with their fast-bowling captain. When I took over, they thought we're going to have 6 fast bowlers playing. No, he'll be fine. It's purely conditions based. They know their quality. I think you have to bowl a bit differently to wherever you are playing. England vastly different to even Australia at times. Another world away from somewhere like here but I think you've seen the way Starcy is taking his game to the next level. He's being a bit different, developing new balls, whether it's the wobble seam as opposed to trying to swing it. Settling into a groove where he can play a holding role. So I'd just say he's a more well-rounded bowler to wherever the conditions are for that game.
"Mitch Starc was the leading wicket-taker here last time. We have another day. We'll take a look. But they're great team players. They know their worth to the team."
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