Ponting, Lehmann baf­fled by ‘bizarre’ Maxwell Test snub

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Sydney, Aus­tralia - Bat­ting all­rounder Glenn Maxwell's "bizarre" fail­ure to make the Aus­tralia Test squad for its tour against Pak­istan left for­mer cap­tain Ricky Ponting and ex-coach Dar­ren Lehmann baf­fled on Wed­nes­day.

Se­lec­tors named five un­capped play­ers ahead of Maxwell for the two-Test tour in the UAE next month, despite the Vic­to­rian be­ing one of the fastest scor­ers in world cricket with a handy off-spin op­tion.

Coach Justin Langer said the 29 year old needed reg­u­lar big scores to be in contention, but Ponting ques­tioned why he was not given the op­por­tu­nity to do just that on the on­go­ing Aus­tralia A tour of In­dia. "If I was Maxi I'd be think­ing, ' why didn't you give me the chance to ac­tu­ally go there (to In­dia) and push my case to get my­self into the team?" he told cricket.com.au.

"That's all a bit bizarre to me. If I was Maxi and I hadn't been given the chance to play for Aus­tralia A, I'd be ro­peable. I'm not sure what the mes­sage is, but it's a bit con­fus­ing to me," added Ponting.

Lehmann, who Langer re­placed af­ter Aus­tralia's scan­dal-plagued tour of South Africa ear­lier this year, was also baf­fled at Maxwell's treat­ment, not­ing that he had per­formed well in sub-con­ti­nen­tal con­di­tions be­fore. "I would have picked him," he told Mac­quarie Sports Ra­dio.

A de­jected Maxwell said he had in­ter­preted his non­s­e­lec­tion for the A tour as a good sign and had been un­der in­struc­tions from Cricket Aus­tralia to rest over the win­ter months. "To get told not to play in the A se­ries and have a rest... I was un­der­stand­ing of that and their rea­son­ing be­hind that," he said.

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