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No Sydney shift for Maxwell

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Glenn Maxwell won’t play for NSW this year as he attempts to nail down a spot in Australia’s Test XI during the Ashes.

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Maxwell, seeking to reignite his international career after being dropped from the national ODI side, attempted to shift from Melbourne to Sydney on the eve of the 2016-17 season. Victoria opted to enforce his contract.

There was speculation earlier this year that Maxwell remained unhappy and would call the SCG home in 2017-18. Cricket NSW chief executive Andrew Jones has confirmed that won’t be the case.

“We’d never planned it. We were pleased to learn that he was thinking of coming to NSW last year,” Jones said.

“[It was] ‘OK’ and then he wasn’t; ‘OK’. And the same this year.

“We asked the question. He’s not going to come. OK.”

Maxwell remained silent after being overlooked for the Vics’ Sheffield Shield opener last year. However, the enigmatic allrounder’s discontent was laid bare when he spoke publicly of how it was “painful” to be batting below captain Matthew Wade.

Wade is set to return home to Tasmania this year. It means the Bushrangers will have a new captain and Maxwell’s hopes of batting higher up the order will be boosted.

Maxwell, who is currently captaining Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League, may even be in the mix to lead his home state. Close friend Aaron Finch and Test batsman Peter Handscomb appear the other leading contenders for Victoria’s captaincy.

Maxwell posted his maiden Test century in Ranchi earlier this year, having been called up following Mitch Marsh’s shoulder injury.

The 28-year-old is yet to play a Test on home soil but Jones believes that should change during this summer’s Ashes.

“He’s a genius. I think he’s a superb player. I thought he should’ve been picked for the first Test in India and I’m glad he was picked for the last couple,” Jones said.

“He shouldn’t be playing state cricket. He should be playing for Australia.

“It’s really about who he’s going to play two [Shield] games for rather than 10 games for, in my opinion.

“He’s batting six for Australia now and I think that’s a good spot for him. Good luck to him.”

Maxwell will link up with Australia’s Champions Trophy squad in England when Punjab’s IPL season ends.

-AAP

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