Justin Langer hits back at a journalist while talking about Glenn Maxwell’s non-selection in the Test squad
Maxwell has constantly been overlooked for a spot in the Test team and his non-selection has remained a matter of debate and discussion.
Updated - Jan 10, 2019 4:25 pm
Glenn Maxwell is an important part of Australian set up in limited-overs formats. The Australian batting all-rounder is one of the most destructive batsmen in the world. While he is still a part of the Australian ODI team but he has been constantly overlooked for Test selection. After not being picked for the series against Pakistan in UAE, Maxwell was asked to prove himself in the first-class cricket.
Maxwell had to fulfil his commitments in shorter formats, which meant that he could play only two first-class matches. After being overlooked for the Test series against Sri Lanka, the ‘Big Show’ seems to have lost hopes of getting selected again for Test matches. He was once again not a part of the four-match series against India despite the fact that the batting order struggled and they were looking for alternatives.
“I think the way they look at it, they think that I’ve got enough opportunities to have shown what I’ve got in the Test arena and they weren’t happy with what they saw,” Maxwell said
There were rumours that the 30-year-old has been mistreated or misadvised by someone in Cricket Australia which has hampered his chances. In a press conference, reporters asked head coach Justin Langer if the all-rounder was advised to skip the County Championship. The right-handed batsman has not played a Test match since featuring against Sri Lanka in 2017, so a run in County cricket might have helped him.
Langer has zero knowledge about Glenn Maxwell situation
A reporter pressed Langer and asked if Maxwell was misadvised. “Are you certain that’s what happened,” Langer asked of the instructions given to Maxwell, with the journalist responding, “I’m asking”. After two rounds of this, Langer was asked who gave the directive to which he replied: “Did it happen?”.
The former Australian batsman lost his cool and admitted that he had zero knowledge about the situation. He clarified that even he is trying to understand if Maxwell was given wrong bits of advice. “Well you’re telling me it did happen, I’m asking did it happen?” Langer repeated. “No, I’ve got zero knowledge of that,” he then said, before calling it “careless whispers”.
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Langer did realize that he lost his cool so he apologized for getting grumpy. He claimed that he doesn’t like to be grumpy but he did not like the fact that so many rumours are floating around. “Sorry for getting grumpy,” he said. “I don’t like getting grumpy but there are so many stories that go around about so much stuff. Sorry everyone for getting grumpy. I didn’t mean to get grumpy, but the truth is a beautiful thing,” Langer apologized.