IPL 2019: Glenn Maxwell says to spurn IPL in pursuit of test berth

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Melbourne | Updated: December 18, 2018 11:34:13 AM

All-rounder Glenn Maxwell has said he will turn his back on the lucrative Indian Premier League next year and play a full season of English county cricket in a bid to regain his spot in the Australian test side.

Glenn Maxwell will join up with former Australia test opener Joe Burns and his former World Cup-winning team mate James Faulkner at Lancashire, and play all three formats with the county side. (IE)

All-rounder Glenn Maxwell has said he will turn his back on the lucrative Indian Premier League next year and play a full season of English county cricket in a bid to regain his spot in the Australian test side. The hard-hitting 30-year-old played the last of his seven tests against Bangladesh in September 2017 and missed out on a spot in the squad for the ongoing four-match series against India.

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Maxwell will join up with former Australia test opener Joe Burns and his former World Cup-winning team mate James Faulkner at Lancashire, and play all three formats with the county side. “This is a pretty clear sign I still want to play test cricket,” Maxwell told Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper on Wednesday.

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“To knock back a chance to play IPL was a big decision, and a tough decision. It’s not something you make lightly, but the thought of playing test cricket again still burns deep.

“I desperately want to get back out there and I still think I have a lot to offer the Australian test team.”
Maxwell has reaped millions of dollars playing in the IPL but had a poor tournament with Delhi Daredevils this year and was released by the franchise last month.

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He was controversially overlooked for the tour squad to play Pakistan in United Arab Emirates in October, beaten out by four uncapped players.

Tim Paine’s Australia are 1-0 down in the four-test series against India after losing by 31 runs in Adelaide on Monday. The second test starts in Perth on Friday.

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