Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Langer in tense exchange with reporter amid Maxwell questions

Langer in tense exchange with reporter amid Maxwell questions

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 previous year on assurances that he will be selected for the Australia A tour of India. Later, when he got neglected for India A tour, Maxwell thought he would get picked for the Pakistan Tests in the UAE.

The journalist who also asked Langer, if there were any issues between the two and that it may have led to his non-selection, the coach replied saying, "Do you really think it happened? Careless whispers, hey", he added before apologising. "So sorry everyone for getting grumpy, I didn't mean to get grumpy, but the truth is a lovely thing". 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. "The truth is a handsome thing".

Maxwell's absence from the team sheet read out by chief selector Trevor Hohns on Wednesday has been a major talking point in the 24 hours since.

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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".

Langer was appointed the new Australian coach in May, which was after Maxwell was reportedly told to abandon his country plans, so he may not be aware of every detail of the 30-year-old's situation. Langer repeated. "No, I've got zero knowledge of that", he then said, before calling it "careless whispers".

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. There's been some reports about personality. "It is literally false", the former Test opener said.

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

"Glenn is crystal clear from me and the selectors, what he needs to do to get back in the Test team", he said.

Pucovski, 20, has played relatively little cricket this season, having taken a break for mental health reasons after his mammoth 243 against Western Australia for Victoria in the opening round of the Sheffield Shield season.

"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".

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