In the absence of Steve Smith, David Warner and Bancroft, Australia are struggling at the moment at UAE in the first Test against Australia and former Australia batsman Mark Waugh believes Glenn Maxwell should have been included in the squad.
Maxwell, who is a good player of spin would have been a crucial addition to the squad as the visitors lost too many wickets against the Pakistan spinners.
Waugh told reporters:
“It’s tough because we’ve lost our two best batsmen, haven’t we? And three counting [Cameron] Bancroft, so there’s only a certain pool of players that are good enough to play Test cricket. It’s not the time to panic, I don’t think there are many players there that would make a big difference – the only player I would have picked is Glenn Maxwell, that’s not there.”
When asked the reason behind picking Maxwell, he said:
“I think he’s a guy with ability, can change the game, he’s a good player of spin, he can actually take the attack to the bowling side. So that’s the only guy I would have that’s not there, and maybe you can bring back Matt Renshaw for the second Test. But all the other guys? That’s about the best we’ve got at the moment.”
Maxwell himself was disappointed to be not included in the UAE tour.
“I had a few offers to play county cricket in England and they were initially knocked back with an opportunity to go and play in India in the A series. To get told not to play in the A series and have a rest, and I was understanding of that and their reasoning behind that… I was hoping that was a positive note to go to Dubai [to play Pakistan]. But obviously that wasn’t the case.”
After the end of day 4, Australia are currently not in a good position as they need another 326 runs to win with 7 wickets in hand.