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Maxwell can be long-term No.6: Hussey

Mike Hussey tips Victorian allrounder to make middle-order spot his own on tour of Bangladesh and beyond

Glenn Maxwell has the talent to become a mainstay at No.6 in Australia's Test side, while a mountain of runs in Bangladesh will ensure he finally dons the Baggy Green at home.

That is the opinion of Mike Hussey, who scored over 6,000 Test runs and knows plenty about the tricky spot in the order that national selectors have struggled to fill in recent years.

Since Hussey's retirement in 2013 there have been only two tons scored by the 20 men to have batted at No.6 for Australia's Test team.

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Skipper Steve Smith achieved the feat against South Africa's star-studded pace attack some three and a half years ago on a paceman's paradise in Centurion.

Smith ranks it among the most memorable of his 20 Test hundreds, such was the difficulty.

The other occasion came earlier this year in India, where Maxwell celebrated his Test recall with a maiden century and 191-run stand with Smith.

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Maxwell, whose call-up in Ranchi only came as a result of Mitch Marsh's shoulder injury, is expected to edge Hilton Cartwright and play in Australia's first Test against Bangladesh that starts on August 27.

It is unclear where Maxwell sits in selectors' plans beyond that two-Test series but Hussey believes the allrounder can force their hand.

"He definitely can (become Australia's long-term No.6), there's no doubt he has the talent," Hussey said.

"It looks like he and Cartwright are fighting it out for the No.6 spot in Bangladesh.

"He's got a great opportunity to try and make a spot in the Test team his own. If he piles on a mountain of runs then it's going to be pretty hard to leave him out for the Ashes."

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Hussey scored five of his 19 Test hundreds at No.6, the only Australians with more centuries from that spot in the order are Steve Waugh, Allan Border, Ricky Ponting and Doug Walters.

Recently the position has become a revolving door of new batsmen.

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"It's actually quite a tricky role to play because it is hard to get consistency," Hussey said of No.6.

"You have to play in a variety of different situations. Sometimes you come in and the team's in trouble and you have to resurrect the innings.

"Sometimes they're about to take the second new ball, sometimes you're trying to eke out runs with the tail, sometimes you need to score quickly."

The 20 Aussies who've batted at No.6 since Mike Hussey retired in 2013: Glenn Maxwell (2 Tests), Shaun Marsh (1), Peter Handscomb (1), Mitch Marsh (20), Hilton Cartwright (1), Nic Maddinson (3), Callum Ferguson (1), Adam Voges (5), Nathan Lyon (2- nightwatchman), Peter Nevill (1), Shane Watson (5), Joe Burns (2), Brad Haddin (2), Steve Smith (10), George Bailey (5), Peter Siddle (1- nightwatchman), David Warner (1), Phillip Hughes (1), Matthew Wade (3), Michael Clarke (1).

Australia in Bangladesh 2017

Australia squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner (vc), Ashton Agar, Jackson Bird, Hilton Cartwright, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Renshaw, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade.

Bangladesh squad (preliminary): Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Mahmudullah Riyad, Liton Kumar Das, Mominul Haque, Mehedi Hasan, Taijul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Subhashish Roy, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Rubel Hossain, Nurul Hasan, Sanjamul Islam, Mosaddek Hossain Saikat, Mohammad Saifuddin, Anamul Haque, Abul Hasan Raju, Al Amin Hossain, Nasir Hossain, Muktar Ali, Tanbir Haider, Saqlain Sajib, Shafiul Islam.


11-17 August Australia pre-tour training camp, Darwin


18 August Australia arrive


22-23 August Tour match,Fatullah


27-31 August First Test, Dhaka


4-8 September Second Test, Chittagong