The multi-skilled player said the “loose green” hat given to Australian cricketer Glenn Maxwell on his Test debut has completely collapsed after a long spell in his wardrobe, ahead of a possible Test return in the upcoming series against Sri Lanka.
The 33-year-old, who played his last of seven Tests against Bangladesh five years ago, was added to the Australian Test squad as an injury cover for middle-class batsman Travis Head.
Australian players are offered a loose green when they debut their demo and only get one for their entire career. “I took it out last year and looked at it and it was deteriorating and I thought that was not a good sign,” Maxwell told reporters.
“My wife took it out yesterday and it just fell apart. I don’t think I can bring this one,” she said. “It looked horrible. So I’m going to need a new one here. It happened to a few boys.” Maybe I will have to put it in a glass case and leave it there I guess. I’ll see if I can fix it when I get home but for now, it’s probably a little too late for that.”
Maxwell added that he is ready to play test cricket despite his long absence from the taller form. “I’ve done some red ball practice wisely, and always try to stay ready in case there are a few from the subcontinent. The next rounds, not only this year but next year as well,” Maxwell said. “But at some point you think That you might lose hope, but it was so nice to have a tap on your shoulder.”
The first of the two exams begins in Galle on Wednesday.