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Maxwell targets Test bow

11 December 2012 01:31

Australian Test hopeful Glenn Maxwell says Shane Warne's support has been 'incredible' as he eyes a place on the tour of India in February.

Maxwell has quickly emerged as a back-up option to first-choice spinner Nathan Lyon following the season-ending shoulder injury to fellow Victorian Jon Holland.

The all-rounder, who linked up with Melbourne Stars after representing the Chairman's XI against Sri Lanka last week, said he was working closely with retired Test great and Stars captain Warne.

"That exposure is just invaluable. You can't put a price on it, it's ridiculous," the 24-year-old said on Tuesday.

"He's been great to chat to and just work with as well. Having him as a captain, it's just incredible.

"It's amazing to be around him, he's got such a great knowledge of the game."

Maxwell, more known for his hard-hitting exploits than his right-arm off-spin, is strongly being considered by selectors for the four-Test series in India.

"Hopefully they're going to go with two spinners," he added.

"You look at the way the Test sides are lining up over there now, England are playing (Monty) Panesar and (Graeme) Swann and India are basically playing three specialist spinners.

"So it might be a good opportunity for me to get over there and hopefully play a few Test matches as a dominant spinner and a lower-order bat.

"That's a realistic goal for me and if I keep working hard hopefully over the last few Shield games of the year I can really push my claims for Test selection."

Maxwell missed the Stars' opening Big Bash League loss to cross-town rivals Melbourne Renegades but is expected to feature in Wednesday's clash with Perth Scorchers at the WACA.

"We're looking forward to starting off our tournament again and hopefully win every game from now on in," he said.

"We're still pretty hopeful that we can finish top and really dominate the rest of this tournament."

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