Have zero knowledge of assurances given to Maxwell - Langer

Paola Ditto
Gennaio 12, 2019

Justin Langer has teed off at "careless whispers" about Australian cricket, tensely firing back at suggestions Glenn Maxwell has been mistreated or misadvised.

Australian cricket coach Justin Langer has strongly denied speculation selectors have an underlying issue with batting superstar Glenn Maxwell's personality and engaged in a terse exchange with a reporter on Wednesday.

Out-of-favour all-rounder Maxwell was once again snubbed by Australia selectors, this time overlooked for the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka. Langer became incredibly terse when quizzed on why the player was discouraged from signing a county contract a year ago. Maxwell opted against putting his name into the IPL auction this year, instead taking a county stint with Lancashire that will include both first-class and one-day cricket. Maxwell had earlier stated that he had offers to play the county cricket a year ago too but did not take part in them because of the message that was seemingly conveyed to him by the board. "Are you certain that's what happened", Langer asked of the instructions given to Maxwell, with the journalist responding, "I'm asking".

"Did it happen? You're telling me it did happen - did it happen?" After two rounds of this, Langer was asked who gave the directive to which he replied: "Did it happen?" I've got zero knowledge of that. careless whispers, eh? Sorry for getting grumpy. "I don't like getting grumpy but there are so many stories that go around about so much stuff".

"But the truth is a attractive thing".

Speaking on Wednesday, national selector Trevor Hohns said he did not know about any instruction to Maxwell not to spend time in county cricket past year. "It is literally false", the former Test opener said.

Such emails were a common part of discussions with players, according to CA, but in no way inferred guarantee of selection.

"All the conjecture about it, that's all part of the noise".

"Because I feel like I'm doing everything I can and I'm trying to make all the right moves off the field by getting red-ball cricket elsewhere and showing I'm 100 per cent serious", he added.

"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".

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.

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

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