“He definitely can (become Australia’s long-term No.6), there’s no doubt he has the talent. He’s got a great opportunity to try and make a spot in the Test team his own,” Hussey said.
Maxwell faces competition for the position from allrounder Hilton Cartwright, who made his Test debut in January this year against Pakistan. Considering Bangladesh conditions are expected to be conducive for spinners, Maxwell might just edge Cartwright. To enhance his chances, Maxwell has even tweaked his bowling action, and his captain expects the swashbuckling batsman to give him an additional option with the ball.
If Maxwell is afforded the opportunities ahead of Cartwright, the aggressive batsman will have the chance to impress the selectors and put himself in the reckoning ahead of Ashes towards the end of the year. According to Hussey, a ‘mountain of runs’ in the Bangladesh series will strengthen Maxwell’s case for a longer run in white flannels.
“It looks like he and Cartwright are fighting it out for the No.6 spot in Bangladesh. If he piles on a mountain of runs then it’s going to be pretty hard to leave him out for the Ashes,” Hussey opined.