Maxwell: I’m at my peak for Test cricket


Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell is happy to be playing a lot of white ball cricket for his country, but hopes he'll be able to convince selectors to see him as a genuine Test player too.

With a few of the senior players retiring, or on the brink of it, after the Ashes, Maxwell hopes that his efforts at the World Cup, which solidified his ODI place, will convert to a place in whites.

Maxwell, having been picked for the ODIs against England, told "I'm happy with my role in the Australian team at the moment.

"It suits both the team and myself. I've got to keep trying to do as well as possible.

"It’s a nice feeling to feel comfortable in that team now. Twelve months ago I was still a bit iffy about where my position was in that team.

"To finally feel (secure) after that World Cup it’s a comfortable feeling for me. It’s a nice feeling."

He has been playing for Yorkshire this season, while his countrymen have been playing in the Ashes, and feels he's worked hard of all aspects of his game, and that a Test XI could see his value with bat and ball equally.

Maxwell said of his recent performances: "I feel like my batting has improved enough now to be picked as an allrounder.

"If you look at the way as I was picked in the Indian tour (in 2013), the first Test I was predominantly a bowling allrounder and that probably showed in my results.

"I was bowling really well but wasn't making a whole lot of runs. I got to Dubai and didn't bowl a lot and batted in the top order.

"Hopefully this time I can be picked as a genuine allrounder and bat at five or six and fill the gap that some of the experienced players will leave after they retire.

"It’s something I want to make my permanent position and hopefully hold it for a long time. I feel like my game is peaking at the right time.

"I feel like I've got a really good understanding about it at the moment, so it would be nice to be picked while I'm in form and hopefully carry that form through this one-day series into that Test series."