Victoria hoping for Maxi stay

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Australian state team Victoria are eager to see Baggy Green allrounder Glenn Maxwell remain in their setup next season despite rumours that he is keen on a move to New South Wales.

Maxwell endured a difficult season with the Bushrangers frustratingly finding himself sidelined for Sheffield Shield games and batting below wicketkeeper batsman Matthew Wade at times.

The allrounder tried to engineer a move to Sydney at the start of the season but missed the cut-off date for such a deal and as a result spent the campaign in Melbourne.

Cricket Victoria CEO Tony Dodemaide told Fairfax media: “From everything I have heard it’s all good.

“Glenn had those contemplations at the start of last year but, as far as I am aware, he is happily moving forward with us.

“Obviously, that’s what we want.

“He is a terrific young player and he has taken some great steps forward, making his first Test hundred, and hundreds in all three forms of the game, and we hope that he is an Australian player for a long period to come, and a Victorian in the meantime.”

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Maxwell was fined by senior Australia players after speaking out against being batted below Wade in the Sheffield Shield and head coach Darren Lehmann slammed his suggestion that he should be given an opportunity in the Test team.

In early December 2016 Lehmann said: “No. Because he hasn’t made 100 for the last two years. You need to make 100.

“Are you going to pick a bloke that hasn’t made 100 for two years?”

Maxwell did end up getting an opportunity in the Test team and became the first Aussie number six in more than two years to register a Test century when he cracked a ton against India.

Much of Maxwell’s frustration at Victoria was down to the Wade issue as well as a perception that another allrounder Marcus Stoinis was ahead of him in the pecking order.

These may fade away now with Wade set to move back to Tasmania while Stoinis is reportedly considering a move to his native Western Australia.

 

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