Glenn Maxwell Returns To Australia’s Test Squad After 5 Years

Following his inclusion in the injury-ridden Australians squad to play against Sri Lanka, Glenn Maxwell could make a surprise comeback in Test cricket next week.

Maxwell has the chance to don his Baggy Green for the first time in five years, as Ashton Agar and Travis Head are both questionable starters for the opening test of the series in Galle on Wednesday.

Agar has suffered a side sprain and has pinned the second Test (also in Galle) as the earliest possible return date, while Head, who was voted Ashes’ men’s player of the series earlier this year, suffered a hamstring injury earlier this week in the ODI -series.

SL vs AUS: Glenn Maxwell returns to Australian test squad after 5 years

Given that Maxwell hasn’t competed in a first-class match for two years and eight months due to his extensive limited overs commitments, his recall is a sign of confidence in his ability to handle spin bowling.

Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell. Image: Twitter

The selectors are looking to keep their options open as they sign Glenn Maxwell amid injury concerns

The 33-year-old has played all four of his Test matches on the subcontinent.

Given the uncertainty surrounding Agar’s exact recovery date and if a finger spinner were to be preferred over Mitchell Swepson’s leg spin, it seems the selectors are keeping their options open.

On fields that they expect to have quick twists and turns, Australia certainly seems to be setting up two spinners. Swepson paired Nathan Lyon with Pakistan earlier this year, but if the visitors want a left arm finger spinner they could also consider Jon Holland or Matthew Kuhnemann, both of whom will remain in Sri Lanka.

Nathan Lyon, Test Cricket
Nathan Lyon (Image Credit: Twitter)

Todd Murphy is younger and less experienced than the other two at 21 and with only three first-class appearances to his name, and the fact that he spins the ball the same way as Lyon seems to push him further back in the standings.

Both Maxwell and Travis Head are effective right arm offspinners.

Australia Test Team: Pat Cummins (c), Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Usman Khawaja, Glenn Maxwell, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson , David Warner

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