Other than Smith, Maxwell is actually Australia’s most recent Test centurion against India. He is also a more impactful part-time bowler than either Wade or Head, and a more dynamic fielder than both combined.
Numbers can’t be generated to explain his many ancillary weapons, nor the uncertainty they create in opponents.
Put simply, Maxwell has been the victim of unevenly applied standards.
Since his last Test axing, for instance, he’s averaged considerably more runs in the Sheffield Shield than Marnus Labuschagne had when selected for the Sydney Test two summers ago.
Among the batsmen with inferior first-class records who have leapfrogged him since 2015 are the emblematic figures of various Australian debacles: Cameron Bancroft, Joe Burns, Mitchell Marsh, Aaron Finch and Marcus Harris. In Maxwell’s time, even Hilton Cartwright has played a home Test.
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