All-rounder Glenn Maxwell has insisted he is ready to continue playing for Australia past this year's World Cup in India. Maxwell turns 35 during this year's cricket World Cup in October, but continues to play a huge role in the Australian line-up.
Returning from a broken leg late last year, Maxwell has once again put himself in the frame to star for Australia in the middle order. While Maxwell was in the picture to captain Australia in both short-formats of the game, teammate Mitchell Marsh got the nod.
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However, with a number of players' white-ball careers potentially coming to an end in the near future - Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis and Mitch Marsh are all in their 30s - Maxwell can see himself playing on for years to come.
"I'll keep playing as long as people will have me, until they think that someone is more deserving of my spot, which is fine," he said at the launch of Kayo's World Cup coverage on Monday. "Until then, I'll keep plugging along.
"I still feel fit, I still feel young, especially with the role I play. I still try to hit it to hotspots on the field, I'm not hiding at all."
Glenn Maxwell's rollercoaster ride for Australia
Maxwell has experienced it all playing for Australia. The dynamic middle-order batter starred for his country in the 2015 World Cup, which included a scintillating unbeaten 145 run knock against Sri Lanka. But his form has also dipped.
In 2019, Maxwell was dropped from the One-Day International team after a lacklustre World Cup. However, Maxwell has always come back stronger and is counting on his return from his injury to propel his career forward.
"I've got a lot of scar tissue that's been built up from the mistakes I've made in that role," he said. "It's a hard thing for a young player to come in and do that role.
"When you have those young guys that come in, they might have success with their first game but a couple of games of failure, it's really hard to come back from. Sometimes you just get used to failure as an older person and you can sort of have the resilience to come back from it."
Maxwell said he could also follow the likes of Chris Lynn and Tim David in making money in the more lucrative leagues around the world when stepping down from national duty. However, he said this wouldn't come at the expense of missing events back at home.
"It certainly looks better as far as time-wise, even just missing birthdays, weddings, life events. I think that appeals to me," he added of a potential career shift.
"But in saying that, I've still got a fair way to go in my cricket career. There's still some things I really want to tick off in my career. I think if I retired early, I probably wouldn't be doing justice to my younger self, who had all these goals and aspirations. There's still a few things I want to tick off."
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