Glenn Maxwell last featured for Australia in Tests in 2017 against Bangladesh.
The latest omission of Maxwell for Australia's series against Sri Lanka has re-ignited debate about his treatment, with the focus centred around the all-rounder's decision not to pursue an England county contract a year ago in the belief he would be chosen for an Australia A tour of India. Langer became incredibly terse when quizzed on why the player was discouraged from signing a county contract past year.
"Glenn has chosen to go and play county cricket again this year and a lot of that is one-day cricket leading up to the World Cup".
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Langer, arguably showing the strain of a taxing month in which he and his team had received widespread criticism on a range of issues, asked the reporter twice "are you certain that's what happened?" regarding the county directive.
"Did it happen? You're telling me it did happen - did it happen? I've got zero knowledge of that". Sorry for getting grumpy. "So sorry everyone for getting grumpy, I didn't mean to get grumpy, but the truth is a attractive thing". "I didn't mean to get grumpy, but the truth is a lovely thing", Langer apologized. There's been some reports about (his) personality. that is literally false.
"It's not true. All the conjecture about it - that's all part of the noise".
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".
National selector Trevor Hohns insists there is no personality clash between Maxwell and selectors, while revealing they wanted the maligned star's focus to be on white-ball cricket ahead of the World Cup.More news: Radio Signals From A Galaxy Light Years Away Have Been Reported
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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.
"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 - I'm only going to play two Shield games for the whole season".
"He's crystal clear what he has to do and that's important that he knows that and I know that as the coach and one of the selectors".More news: Rep. Ocasio-Cortez's campaign paid $1,500 fine to NY state