Maxwell pleased by ICC action crackdown

Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell is not worried about being reported for chucking, and actually feels pleased that the ICC are taking a tough stance on illegal bowling actions.

Maxwell echoed comments made by former umpire Darrell Hair, who had said earlier in the week that the crackdown had come too late, and the young spinner hoped the stricter application of the rules would ensure fair play.

Maxwell told “I’m actually quite happy that they’ve started doing it. I think it’s actually started to happen a bit too late.

“It seems to have been going on for too long and it’s something that’s been talked about a lot in quite a few changing rooms and in the media as well.

“Now we are going to see a lot more conventional offspinners doing the job in international cricket which I think is good for the game and it levels the playing field again and hopefully it stays that way.”

As for the upcoming Test series, Maxwell is in the squad but isn’t holding his breath about getting into the starting XI, saying he hadn’t done enough in the ODI series to warrant being picked.

He could get a chance though, if Mitchell Marsh is declared unfit, and if the Aussies opt for an extra spinner. When asked if he was keen for a third Test cap, he predictably said: “Yes.

“It would be nice to get a call-up but I don’t think I’ve quite done enough in the one-day series against Pakistan to warrant a call-up to the Test side.

“I think I’ve missed a couple of opportunities to make a big score and push my name forward for selection, but you never know as the conditions will suit an off-spinning allrounder and hopefully I can find my way into the starting XI.

“It’s an extremely strong line-up though, but fingers crossed.”