Maxwell deserves first crack at No. 6 in Ashes opener

Glenn Maxwell on his wasy to scoring 60 against South Australia at the MCG on Sunday.
Glenn Maxwell on his wasy to scoring 60 against South Australia at the MCG on Sunday.

THE naming of the Australian Ashes team for the first Test at the Gabba is imminent which means, yet again, Glenn Maxwell's immediate future looms large on the horizon.

After making his maiden Test hundred for Australia in difficult conditions in India surely he must be given the first chance at number six for Brisbane.

His first Test hundred displayed new found maturity and patience.

Maxwell followed it up in the next Test with a gutsy 45 in the second innings as Australia fought hard to stay in the match.

Maxwell has only played seven Tests and has never been given an extended run to prove his worth at the highest level.

He has never even played a Test in Australia.

Compare that to Mitch Marsh who has had over 20 Tests to prove himself but for some reason Maxwell has not been afforded the same luxury.

Maxwell must be itching to prove what he can do in his home conditions where the ball comes onto the bat.

Maxwell striding to the crease late in the day to face a tired, hot and struggling English attack could be worth the price of admission.

But it's not as if anyone could accuse the selectors of consistency in recent seasons and if Maxwell is overlooked, the Australian coach's son Jake Lehman has made a late bid for a call-up with a stunning century at the MCG last Saturday.

The younger, hairier Lehmann strode to the crease with South Australia reeling at 3/18 and then free wheeled to an almost run-a-ball ton.

Lehmann averages over 40 in first class cricket with six centuries and has the aggressive style Australia might be looking for.

If he is selected it puts his dad Darren in an awkward position.

Speaking on the Australian cricket podcast last year Lehmann Snr. said if his son Jake "got there (the Australian team) he might have to do something else".

England may hold the Ashes but English fans will be alarmed to know that their team is at the top of an unwanted list.

In the last four years England have lost more test matches than every other team, except the struggling West Indies, who they are level with. Since October 2013 England have lost a whopping 23 of the 50 tests they have played.

Australia has only lost 14 of the 44 Tests they played in the same period.


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