Aus­tralia’s Maxwell fined for ‘dis­re­spect­ful’ team­mate com­ments

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Aus­tralia all­rounder Glenn Maxwell was yes­ter­day fined by his team for his “dis­re­spect­ful” com­ments about team­mate Matthew Wade on the eve of their open­ing one-day in­ter­na­tional with New Zealand in Syd­ney.

Maxwell said on Thurs­day he felt as though bat­ting be­low Wade at No.6 for Vic­to­ria in the do­mes­tic Sh­effield Shield cricket hurt his se­lec­tion chances for Aus­tralia’s third Test against South Africa in Ade­laide last week.

Cap­tain Steve Smith and Aus­tralia’s lead­er­ship party fined Maxwell for what they termed his “dis­re­spect­ful” com­ments to­wards his state skip­per and ODI team­mate Wade.

Head Coach Dar­ren Lehmann said Maxwell’s words in a me­dia con­fer­ence were “dis­ap­point­ing” lead­ing to Smith and Aus­tralia’s se­nior mem­bers to im­pose a fine on the 28-year-old.

“Ev­ery­one was dis­ap­pointed in his com­ments,” Smith told re­porters yes­ter­day. “I’ve ex­pressed that to him my­self and spoke to the team.

“One of our val­ues is re­spect and hav­ing re­spect for your team­mates, op­po­si­tion, the fans, the me­dia.

“I thought what he said was very dis­re­spect­ful to a team­mate and his Vic­to­rian cap­tain. “The lead­er­ship group got to­gether and we de­cided to fine Glenn. We thought that was a suf­fi­cient pun­ish­ment.” Although Maxwell was fined he is avail­able for se­lec­tion for Sun­day’s open­ing match in the three-game Chap­pell-Hadlee Tro­phy ODI se­ries at the Syd­ney Cricket Ground.

Smith said Maxwell was “shattered” when he heard his

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