Wednesday, 16 January, 2019

Australia coach Justin Langer shoots down Glenn Maxwell 'whispers'

Glenn Maxwell during a stint in the Test side in 2014. More Glenn Maxwell during a stint in the Test side in 2014. More
Cary Erickson | 12 January, 2019, 22:51

In-form Joe Burns was recalled for the first time since the South Africa tour early past year and could open the innings with rookie Marcus Harris, who did enough against India to keep his place.

Justin Langer looks on after Australia lost the their recent test series to India. When he wasn't selected for the A tour of India, it was assumed that Maxwell would be considered for the tour of UAE.

On Thursday, Langer was pressed on whether a directive had been issued to Maxwell about county cricket.

"Are you certain that's what happened? Did that happen?" Langer barked at the journo after being asked about the claims. "Careless whispers, hey", he added before apologizing.

"Sorry for getting grumpy", he said. I don't like getting grumpy but there's so many stories that go around about so much stuff.

"But the truth is a lovely thing".

Quiney says the call for Maxwell to focus on white-ball cricket only - a demand which isn't placed on Australia's other key players who feature in the three formats, such as paceman Mitchell Starc - is unusual. "He is crystal clear", Langer said.

Later in the day, CA confirmed that before Langer's appointment as head coach in May a planning email had been sent to Maxwell about his winter schedule and that he had been encouraged to take a break between the end of a Twenty20 tri-series Zimbabwe on July 8 and the Australia A tour of India several weeks later.

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Maxwell knows for someone who's been around as long as he has, he hasn't played almost enough first class cricket.

Justin Langer gets some advice from former Australia team-mate Shane Warne.

Langer echoed the sentiment of chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns, who insisted on Wednesday it was wrong to infer that Maxwell's character or behaviour was being held against him at the selection table.

"I still desperately want to get back out there and I still think I have a lot to offer the Australian Test team", Maxwell was quoted as saying to Herald Sun.

Burns, Renshaw and Pucovski will all play for a Cricket Australia XI in a pink-ball match against Sri Lanka ahead of the Tests in preparation for the day-nighter in Brisbane from January 24.

During the media conference, Langer had addressed Maxwell's omission from the Test squad for Sri Lanka and the "false" reports about the right-hander's personality as a contributing factor to his selection chances, reinforcing the message Hohns delivered.

"Ultimately Aaron, Peter, Shaun and Mitch have not produced the performances expected of them with the bat at the Test level", he said."They have been given a good opportunity, but have not produced the scores we need".