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“Glenn is crystal clear from me, and the selectors, what he needs to do to get back in the Test team.” © Getty
Australia coach Justin Langer has said that he’s had “zero knowledge” of Glenn Maxwell being advised by Cricket Australia to skip the county cricket last year on assurances that he will be selected for the Australia A tour of India. He further went on to call the conjectures around Maxwell’s non-selection in Tests as “careless whispers.”
This comes a day after Trevor Hohns, the chairman of selectors, clarified that he wasn’t sure “what the instruction was or who it came from” to Maxwell and that the players are free to make up their own mind.
“Glenn is crystal clear from me, and the selectors, what he needs to do to get back in the Test team. He is crystal clear,” Langer said on the raging debate around Maxwell. “He has shown he is brilliant around the group in white-ball cricket. There have been some reports about personality – it is literally false. It’s not true.
“He is crystal clear what he has to do, and that’s important that he knows that and that I know that as the coach and one of the selectors, and all the conjecture about it, that’s all part of the noise.”
Maxwell last played a Test against Bangladesh in 2017, after he had compiled a maiden Test hundred against India in Ranchi. He has been out of favour since then, leading to murmurs in the cricketing circles. 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. He’s also set to feature in a good number of white-ball games in the lead up to the World Cup in England.
Maxwell had earlier said that he had offers from counties last year too but let go of them because of the message that was seemingly conveyed to him by the board. When he wasn’t selected for the A tour of India, it was assumed that Maxwell would be considered for the tour of UAE. But when he was left out of the Australia squad again, reports were rife that his continued omission had got to do with much more than just cricket.
Langer, when prodded about the matter, fired back shots. “Are you certain that’s what happened? Did it happen? Well you’re telling me it did happen, I’m asking did it happen?” Langer told the journalist. “No, I’ve got zero knowledge of that. Careless whispers, hey,” he added before apologizing. “So sorry everyone for getting grumpy, I didn’t mean to get grumpy, but the truth is a beautiful thing.”