Glenn Maxwell isn’t in the selectors’ good books.
Glenn Maxwell isn’t in the selectors’ good books.

‘It’s personal’: Seething Maxi accusation

Glenn Maxwell has responded to his latest Test snub as former Australian player Rob Quiney unloaded on the selectors for their treatment of him, saying there must be an ulterior motive to keeping him out of the team than just form.

Maxwell was overlooked for the upcoming two-match series against Sri Lanka when a new-look squad was announced Wednesday.

Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh and Peter Handscomb were all dumped while Queensland openers Matthew Renshaw and Joe Burns were included, along with 20-year-old Victorian prodigy Will Pucovski.

International duties with the white ball have prevented Maxwell from putting forward a strong case in Sheffield Shield cricket and while chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns denied the 30-year-old's personality was a factor in his repeated snubbing, Quiney wasn't buying it.

"To be honest, mate, they say it's got nothing to do with his personality, but I do," Quiney, a former teammate of Maxwell's at Victoria, said on SEN Breakfast.

"There's something there they don't like about Maxi because he's ticked enough boxes runs-wise.

"They talk about him needing more hundreds, but no one's making hundreds. If that's the case, everyone gets dropped from the four Tests against India.

"The message keeps changing with him."

Hohns said selectors wanted Maxwell to focus on his limited-overs cricket ahead of this year's World Cup in England and while the all-rounder has accepted that, he still has a burning desire to add to his seven Test matches.

"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?" Quiney said.

"It just seems weird and that's why I reckon it's got to be something personal.

"To his credit, he's been just getting on with what he needs to do and he's doing it really maturely at the moment."

Maxwell has been plugging away in the Big Bash.
Maxwell has been plugging away in the Big Bash.

Maxwell addressed suggestions there was more to his Test exile than just form, but he poured cold water on the notion there was something sinister behind his exclusion from the squad that travelled to the UAE to play Pakistan last year.

"I think when there was a lot of the 'good bloke' chat … being in the group that wasn't picked to go over to the UAE and I wasn't in the Australia A stuff I suppose people start to ask why that certain player is (overlooked)," Maxwell told cricket.com.au's The Unplayable Podcast.

"They (the selectors) just had other ideas, they wanted to try new people and that's the way things went.

"I'm certainly not sulking about it. I'm pretty happy with where I'm at, at the moment."

Maxwell's T20I and ODI responsibilities have limited him to just two Shield matches for Victoria this summer where he's scored 0, 35, 57 and 34 not out.

He averages 41.10 in first class cricket with seven centuries from 61 matches and scored a maiden Test hundred in India in 2017, but averages just 26.07 from his seven appearances in the baggy green.

Maxwell knows for someone who's been around as long as he has, he hasn't played nearly enough first class cricket. It's why he signed a deal to play with English county side Lancashire ahead of the World Cup and Ashes.

Under the terms of the deal he'll play one four-day game and six one-day matches, and he hopes making the effort to get acclimatised to English conditions will count in his favour at the selection table.

Opportunities to face the red ball have been few and far between for Maxwell.
Opportunities to face the red ball have been few and far between for Maxwell.

"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 - I'm only going to play two Shield games for the whole season," Maxwell said.

"And when you play more white ball trying to get ready for that World Cup it's going to hurt your chances of pushing forward your Test selections.

"So, I've taken it out of their hands and signed with a county early so at least I can give myself some sort of red-ball cricket and some sort of longer-form experience, because for a player who's played as long as I have I certainly haven't played the amount of first class cricket as everyone else has.

"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."

Maxwell is fully committed to winning a Test recall but he knows that's difficult when coming in down the order in ODI fixtures because he doesn't always get the time to show he's capable of building an innings and staying at the crease for long periods.

The right-hander is in a tough spot but acknowledges consistency in all formats is the key to realising his Test ambitions.

"It's a bit of a double-edged sword. If you are playing Shield cricket you're not playing for Australia and if you're playing for Australia you're not playing Shield cricket," Maxwell said.

"You just miss out on those opportunities.

"But what they (the selectors) have always said is that runs in any format is always going to be currency."

Maxwell is a staple in Australia’s limited overs sides but it’s a different story in the whites.
Maxwell is a staple in Australia’s limited overs sides but it’s a different story in the whites.
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