Australia’s Maxwell fined for ‘disrespectful’ teammate comments
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