Bizarre moment Maxi learned of Test snub
GLENN Maxwell was dressed in the whites of the Australian Test team, topped off with his baggy green cap, when he received a phone call from national selector Trevor Hohns on Tuesday.
The Victorian all-rounder was kitted out as a Test cricketer as part of a promotional shoot, hoping the next time he'd wear the uniform would be in the UAE, playing against Pakistan in a two-match series.
But Hohns didn't bear good news for the 29-year-old, who was told 20 minutes before the official squad announcement that he would once again not be recalled to the five-day side.
Maxwell was forced to let the disappointment wash over him as he stood there, wearing the baggy green.
"It took a while to sink in that's for sure," Maxwell told SEN's Whateley on Wednesday.
"It may sound extremely funny but when I actually got the phone call yesterday I was actually wearing the baggy green, as extraordinary as it might sound.
"I was doing a shoot for one of the sponsors and we were fully in our whites and had the baggy green on and I got the call while it was on top of my head."
The irony wasn't lost on Maxwell, who said his desire to wear the cap again while playing for his country still "burns deep within" him.
He added that he has not given up on his Test dream and will continue to do "everything in his power" to make it come back to life.
Maxwell said he appreciated a call on Tuesday night from coach Justin Langer, who explained he wants to see more centuries before handing him a Test re-call.
"I'll try and give him that during this JLT and during this [Sheffield] Shield season coming up as well. I'll make sure I can give him what he wants," Maxwell said.
Maxwell said his omission wasn't without its positives - pointing to the fact that he will be playing competitive cricket again as soon as Sunday in the JLT One-Day Cup for Victoria.
His Victorian teammate Aaron Finch is one name who is now unavailable for the tournament, earning his first Test selection at 31-years-old.
Finch earned his spot off the back of blistering T20 form - both for Australia and in England's Blast - which Maxwell said shows that runs in any form will count for Test selection.
He added: "I couldn't be happier for him. I know the amount of work he's put in.
"I'd love to be over there with him, I'd love to be able to share his debut with him and to be able to give him a hug after getting his baggy green. It would be pretty special but I'll have to wait until he gets back from Dubai or the T20 series."
Maxwell remains confident he can join Finch in the Test arena soon, telling the program he feels "in good nick".
"If I was in bad form, or wasn't fit, I'd feel far away. I feel like my game's in a really good place and I feel really confident I can get back to Test level and I can play well at Test level," he said.
FULL TEST SQUAD
Tim Paine (c), Ashton Agar, Brendan Doggett, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Jon Holland, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Michael Neser, Matt Renshaw, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc