Glenn Maxwell has again been snubbed by the national cricket side. Following Australia's ODI series win at Manuka Oval on Tuesday night, the all-rounder has now gone public about the lack opportunities afforded to him and slammed selectors for not taking his ambitions seriously.
In a remarkable twist, the 28-year-old is keen to prove his wicket-keeping prowess and has demanded some quality time behind the stumps, having been recently overlooked for Matthew Wade in all formats of the game. While fans have criticised the all-rounder for his selfish attitude, Maxwell has insisted he's well within his rights.
"I think keeping behind Wadey is a bit painful", the 28-year-old said. "Sure he's the specialist wicketkeeper, but if I'm getting picked as an all-rounder the least they could do is throw me a few overs with the gloves on. It's honestly bulls**t, did anyone see my catch the other night? When you've got enough natural talent, keeping at Test level has got to be pretty easy."
The latest snub comes shortly after Maxwell expressed his disappointment at having to bat in the lower order for Victoria's Sheffield Shield team, again behind Bushrangers teammate, Matthew Wade. The all-rounder was previously fined an undisclosed amount by captain, Steve Smith, and Australia’s leadership party, but it is unknown if he will face further disciplinary action.
Although Maxwell has never before played as wicketkeeper, the 28-year-old is rumoured to be practicing day and night in an attempt to live up to his nickname as The Big Show. Having provided plenty of entertainment value in the T20 arena with his innovative batting shots, the Australian cricketer is reportedly working hard on a signature catch to be known as the 'Afridi'.
The all-rounder was sighted yesterday fielding in the MCG nets, even going so far as to catch the Kookaburra ball with his mouth. Maxwell also made a surprise appearance at The Royal Melbourne Hospital's emergency dental department later on Thursday and, according to Cricket Australia, was "signing autographs for terminally-ill patients".
When asked whether the 28-year-old's latest comments will reignite the debate surrounding the Test wicketkeeping spot, coach and selector, Darren Lehmann put Maxwell back in his place. "There's absolutely no chance we'll ever give the gloves to Glenn, the kid can't even make a hundred batting against the Lankans. Who does he think he is?"
Matthew Wade also added his own thoughts from the Australian dressing rooms, simply stating "Niiiice Garyyy".
Written by Tim Alexander