Glenn Maxwell says there are no issues between him and his Victorian teammates after the allrounder attempted a last-minute state-switch on the eve of the domestic summer.
Maxwell sought a move from Victoria to NSW last month just weeks before the start of the start of the ongoing Matador’s BBQ One-Day Cup, but the voyage north of the Murray River was scuppered by the Cricket Australia - Australian Cricketers' Association Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU).
Quick Single: Maxwell sought a move to NSW
According to the MOU, a player wishing to move interstate has 13 days from when the CA Contracted Player List is announced, which happened on April 1 this year.
Maxwell, who celebrates his 28th birthday today, says there is no ill feeling in the Bushrangers’ camp about the failed switch and that player movement is part and parcel of professional cricket.
"I sent a text message to the (Victoria) group saying it was purely me wanting a change and it was purely a cricket decision. No one cared," Maxwell said when asked if he had to clear anything up with his Victorian comrades.
"It was just ‘Yeah, we understand. No hard feelings'.
"We’re all professional. I think everyone knows ... players move states, players move on.
"Dan Christian is into his third state right now and no-one’s really batted an eyelid. It’s just the way things happen in this day and age. There was nothing more to it than that."
In February, Maxwell was named Australia’s ODI Player of the Year at the Allan Border Medal ceremony, but a poor run of form saw him dropped from Australia’s 50-over outfit less than five months later.
Feeling that he needed a shake-up, Maxwell looked to move interstate, and says NSW was the only option he considered to help improve his game and force his way back to into Australia's ODI XI.
"I thought (of going to NSW) for the development of my game, as far as I didn’t want to go to Tasmania because of the wicket down there," Maxwell said.
"I didn’t want to the Gabba because I didn’t think I’d bowl much up there.
"I didn’t want to go to Perth because it was too far away from my family.
"I didn’t want to go to Adelaide because the wicket is flat and I would’ve thought it was a soft option.
"I thought the SCG would have been the best for my bowling development, and as far as my batting (goes) I thought I could really prosper there.
"Pretty simple. Or I could go to New Zealand and really Test myself out!"
While the Australians suffered their heaviest ODI defeat ever in a bilateral series this month in South Africa, Maxwell has been playing with freedom for the second-placed Bushrangers in the Matador Cup.
Maxwell’s performances with bat and ball haven’t met his lofty standards, but in the field there’s been none better during the competition, taking three catches against the Cricket Australia XI and playing his part in perhaps the most spectacular catch of 2016 – the boundary-line effort against Western Australia.
With Australia’s next assignment the first Test against South Africa in Perth starting November 3, Maxwell says all he’s focusing on at the moment is playing, and winning, with his state team.
"(I’m) not really thinking about it (returning to Australia’s ODI team), I’ve just been concentrating on my own game, trying to forget about the past and what’s been going on with my career for Australia," Maxwell said.
"I’ve just been concentrating on scoring as many runs and taking as many wickets as I can for Victoria.
"I think that’s all I can do at the moment.
"If you start dwelling on what’s gone by you start to think you deserve things and no cricketer deserves anything.
"I’m just going to keep scoring runs and keep taking wickets and let the rest take care of itself."