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The Glenn Maxwell conundrum facing Australia’s selectors

AUSTRALIA, we need to talk about Glenn Maxwell.As someone who can entertain and enrage cricket fans in equal measure, he has successfully taken over from Shane Watson as the most divisive player in Australia.

That’s not a reflection on Maxwell as a person — like Watson, he’s actually one of the most respected and well-liked players within the national set-up and his commitment to engaging with fans for the good of the game is just about unrivalled.

No, this conversation is about Maxwell the cricketer — an insanely talented batsman, brilliant fielder and handy bowler who somehow went from Australia’s best one-day player to not even inside the best 15 in the space of six months.

Dropping Maxwell due to his poor run of form seemed entirely logical at the time — he even admitted as much himself — but it now seems laughable after the 27-year-old blasted 145 off 65 balls to propel Australia to a record score in a Twenty20 against Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, his most burning desire — to hold down a regular spot in the Test side — continues to elude him despite first-class cricket being his most consistent format.

It means Australian selectors may soon reach a crossroad when they have to make a strong call on Maxwell — either decide to put up with his inconsistencies in the knowledge that eventually he will produce something magical, or banish him until he can produce the goods across all formats on a regular basis.


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