Aus­tralia coach looks to defuse Max­well-Wade row

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Aus­tralia coach Dar­ren Lehmann is to hold clearthe-air talks ahead of the one-day se­ries against New Zealand af­ter re­called all-rounder Glenn Max­well crit­i­cised wick­et­keeper Matt Wade. Max­well said on Thurs­day that he had been dis­ap­pointed at some of the de­ci­sions by Wade, his cap­tain in the Vic­to­ria state side, to bat ahead of him in matches this year. “I think the wick­et­keeper should be bat­ting at seven un­less you’re try­ing to squeeze an ex­tra bowler into your lineup,” Max­well said on Thurs­day.

When asked why Wade had bat­ted ahead of him, Max­well replied: “Be­cause he’s cap­tain, and he chooses the bat­ting or­der.” Lehmann said he would speak to power-hit­ting Max­well to try and re­solve the is­sue.

“Yeah, we will (speak about it),” Lehmann told re­porters at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Fri­day. “Ob­vi­ously dis­ap­pointed but we’ll work through those is­sues. It’s dif­fi­cult but again we’ll work through it be­hind the scenes.

“We’re con­fi­dent they can work to­gether.” Max­well, who was dropped from the Aus­tralian team af­ter fail­ing to post any sub­stan­tial scores in the pre­vi­ous 12 months, has said he would like to push for a re­call to the test side for next year’s tour of In­dia. His bat­ting, how­ever, had not even made him an op­tion for the just com­pleted third test against South Africa, where Aus­tralia over­hauled their side in an ef­fort to shake them out of a slump, the coach said.

“(He) hasn’t made a hun­dred for two years,” Lehmann added. “Are you go­ing to pick a bloke who hasn’t made a hun­dred in two years?” Vic­to­ria bats­man Rob Quiney had some blunt ad­vice for his team mate Max­well. “I think he just needs to lip it and just make some runs,” Quiney told EON Sports ra­dio on Fri­day.

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