Maxwell determined to prove all-round worth


Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell says he has no plans to focus on only one aspect of his game, and that he'll only get a Test place if he proves his value with bat and ball.

Maxwell was not picked for the Test tour to Sri Lanka next month, with Moises Henriques getting a surprising call to be the back up all-rounder, while Steve O'Keefe was picked as the second spinner.

Maxwell knows that as long as Nathan Lyon is around, no-one else will be the premier spinner, but he says he cannot afford to give up bowling and focus on batting alone, even though that worked for skipper Steve Smith.

Maxwell said to AAP: "Competing with Nathan Lyon is always going to be tough. 

"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.

"I don't think I can rest on just being a batsman. 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."

He also took a mature approach to his omission from the Sri Lanka touring party, adding: "If I can make some runs (in the West Indies) then and also hopefully in Sri Lanka for the one-day series, it still puts pressure on those guys in the squad. 

"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."