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Glenn Maxwell "crystal clear" about inclusion in Test team, asserts Justin Langer

12 January 2019

When questioned on Wednesday whether information given to Maxwell by selectors thwarted his chances of taking up the county deal, Chairman of Selectors Trevor Hohns said: "I'm not sure what the instruction was or who it came from but players are free to make up their own decisions on what they go and play".

"There have been some reports about personality - it is literally false".

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

Named in Australia's squad for the two Tests against Sri Lanka which begin later in the month, Pucovski, along with fellow Test squad members Marnus Labuschagne, Matt Renshaw and Joe Burns will play for the CA XI against the same opposition in Hobart. Langer claimed he had "no knowledge" about Maxwell being advised by Cricket Australia to skip the county cricket in 2018 on assurances that he will be selected for Australia A tour of India.

Selectors also kept faith with their pace attack of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins, with veteran Peter Siddle also included.National selector Trevor Hohns said "there is no doubt the India series produced some disappointing results" and change was needed, after four Tests characterised by the failure of any Australian batsmen to score a century.

Some saw it as a sign selectors already knew enough about his ability to perform on the subcontinent - having scored his maiden test ton in India in 2017 - and he didn't need to prove anything else to win a spot on the UAE tour.

Maxwell detailed in a radio interview previous year how he turned down offers to play domestic cricket in England. "But obviously, that wasn't the case". "I feel like there were other guys who were able to get a full off-season of cricket into them and hit the A series up and running or be able to put their names forward".

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Miscommunication between Trevor Hohns and Glenn Maxwell seemed to have created some problem. Image Courtesy Getty

Pressed again if he was aware of it happening, Langer slammed the suggestions "careless whispers" before offering an apology after getting riled up.

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. "He is crystal clear", Langer said.

"I just disagree with how they're going, we want him to focus on white-ball cricket for the World Cup, why is he all of a sudden being plucked and told to focus on white-ball cricket only?" Langer asked on two occasions.

"I've got zero knowledge of that ... careless whispers, eh?"

Langer later apologised, saying: "Sorry for getting grumpy".

"Sorry, sorry everyone for getting grumpy, I didn't mean to get grumpy".

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