Langer fires up over Maxwell question

Annette Crawford
January 12, 2019

That tour served as the key selection trial for the Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, for which Maxwell was also overlooked.

On Thursday, Langer was pressed on whether a directive had been issued to Maxwell about county cricket. "Are you certain that's what happened", Langer asked of the instructions given to Maxwell, with the journalist responding, "I'm asking". Langer asked on two occasions. "He is crystal clear" Langer was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz. "I don't like getting grumpy but there's so many stories that go around about so much stuff", Langer said. "The truth is a lovely thing".

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 were being held against him.

Speculation has been swirling that Maxwell was overlooked because of personal differences with senior Cricket Australia officials.

It's been reported Maxwell wanted to play county cricket in England during the 2018 Australian winter to gain experience against the red ball - but was allegedly blocked by Cricket Australia powerbrokers who wanted him to rest for an Australia A tour of India in August and September. Marnus Labuschagne was the surprise choice to bat No. 3 in the final Test against India while Matt Renshaw, Joe Burns and Will Pucovski have been called up for the series against Sri Lanka. However a spokesperson denied that the planning email, a common part of discussions between CA and the players, was tantamount to a guarantee of selection.

Justin Langer had a temporary role earlier in West Indies.

Justin Langer was frustrated regarding the recent turn of events in Australian cricket; and after the question got raised without any truth behind it, the "gaffer" vent it out on the reporter. Langer repeated. "No, I've got zero knowledge of that", he then said, before calling it "careless whispers". There's been some reports about personality. It is literally false.

"It's not true. All the conjecture about it - that's all part of the noise". In a bid to reclaim his Test berth, Maxwell will be turning up for Lancashire in the upcoming season in England, where he will be available to play all the three formats, including as many as five first-class matches.

Cricket Australia National Selector Trevor Hohns has defended the decision to omit Glenn Maxwell from the Test squad.

"There's a big thought from my side that I'm not getting enough first-class cricket in Australia and that's probably shown by this summer".

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