Justin Langer has teed off at "careless whispers" about Australian cricket, tensely firing back at suggestions Glenn Maxwell has been mistreated or misadvised. The national team coach was involved in a tense exchange with a journalist in Sydney when pressed on Maxwell's Test hopes and why the allrounder was allegedly advised by Cricket Australia past year to turn down an English county gig. Maxwell, who last played a Test against Bangladesh in 2017, was reportedly asked to skip county cricket previous year by Cricket Australia and was guaranteed a place in the Australian A squad that will tour India.
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. "Are you certain that's what happened?" a frosty Langer said when asked about Maxwell getting told not to play country cricket.
You're telling me it happened so I'm asking you. "I'm asking did it happen?"
"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.
Langer did realize that he lost his cool so he apologized for getting grumpy. "So sorry everyone for getting grumpy, I didn't mean to get grumpy, but the truth is a lovely thing". "I didn't mean to get grumpy, but the truth is a attractive thing".
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. 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.
The ESPN Cricinfo article states: "a spokesperson denied that the planning email, a common part of discussions between CA and the players, was tantamount to a guarantee of selection". "He has shown he is brilliant around the group in white-ball cricket".
"All the conjecture about it, that's all part of the noise".
While Hohns was adamant that it was purely down to form that Maxwell, who averages 41.10 in first class cricket, remains on the outer with selectors, a former teammate was not so sure.
"I've certainly made it clear that I wouldn't have gone to England this year if I wasn't still trying to play test cricket", Maxwell said on The Unplayable Podcast.