Australia news December 2, 2016

Maxwell was never in contention for Adelaide Test, says Lehmann


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'Pick a bloke who has not made a hundred in two years?' - Lehmann

Australia's coach Darren Lehmann has said Glenn Maxwell was never in contention for the Adelaide Test against South Africa because he had not made enough big scores in recent seasons. On Thursday, Maxwell expressed his disappointment that he had been overlooked for the Adelaide Test, and also that he had been stuck batting behind wicketkeeper and captain Matthew Wade in Victoria's Sheffield Shield side this year.

His comments have drawn the ire of Victoria team-mate Rob Quiney, who said Maxwell had displayed "not the greatest attitude" and needed to "lip it and just make some runs". And Lehmann, who has the task of coaching Maxwell and Wade during the upcoming ODI series against New Zealand, said Maxwell needed more runs in order to push for Test selection.

"No. Because he hasn't made 100 for the last two years. You need to make 100," Lehmann said in Sydney on Friday when asked if Maxwell had been close to a call-up in Adelaide. "Are you going to pick a bloke that hasn't made 100 for two years?"

It is true that Maxwell has not made a Sheffield Shield century since February 2014, when he struck two in succession, although his limited-overs commitments for Australia mean he has played in only nine completed Shield games since then. He also posted a first-class 140 for Yorkshire in the County Championship in August last year.

Lehmann said that while it was disappointing that Maxwell had chosen a public forum for his comments on batting below Wade, he was confident the Australian camp could put the problem behind them.

"We're obviously disappointed but we'll work through those issues," Lehmann said. "We're confident they can work together."

Meanwhile Quiney, who has not played a Sheffield Shield match this summer, pulled no punches when asked about Maxwell's comments on Wade and the batting order.

"I think he needs to lip it and just make some runs," Quiney said on EON Sports radio on Friday. "Victoria are flying at the moment, but he's not setting the world on fire himself. He's actually only batted at six twice so I don't know where this has come from. It's good that he's honest, unfortunately it's probably not the greatest attitude to have, I reckon."

Former Victoria captain Darren Berry also slammed Maxwell's decision to make such comments in public, telling SEN radio: "That's 'me, me, me' stuff isn't it? It's a team sport and he's batting at six. Cameron White's batting behind him at seven. Cameron White didn't come out and criticise Matthew Wade [...] you just don't do it."

It has been a fraught year for Maxwell, who has not been part of Australia's ODI XI since June in the West Indies, despite being named the team's ODI Cricketer of the Year in January. He also asked for a transfer to New South Wales during the off-season but was blocked by Victoria, who then left him out of their XI for the first Shield match of the summer.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @brydoncoverdale

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  • Mark on December 5, 2016, 1:32 GMT

    In fairness to Wade if Maxwell got out cheaply it would have lowered his average, so by protecting Maxwells average Wade may have done Maxwell a favour. It's hard to score quick runs at the back end of an innings without getting dismissed! Glass half full?

  • Richard on December 3, 2016, 13:44 GMT

    LOVEMYBHARATH - Played in the most successful period in cricket history. Averaged 45 at 3rd and 4th drop. A selfless cricketer. The answer is not long enough, unfortunately.

  • David on December 3, 2016, 4:16 GMT

    Lehmann has a 1-5 record and he talks about Maxwell needing hundreds, but picks a second class WK for the national team because he might score runs. Whiteman, Head, Bancroft, etc might all score runs too and Head can also bowl and can win a match on his own. Out of form players were kept in the team who were playing no better than Maxwell, but were worse fielders and could not bowl, and saying that Smith and Warner can bowl is nonsense because they rarely ever bowl even though Smith is the captain. They finally won a test by making changes and Maddinson got picked on form no better than Maxwell's form. If available my team would be Warner, Maxwell, Khawaja, Bancroft, Smith, Head, Faulkner, Starc, O'Keefe, Cummins, Pattinson. With one of the young batsmen like Renshaw as 12th man. With Khawaja on notice to improve his fitness and fielding skills and Maxwell told to enjoy his cricket but zip his lip. What say you good peoples!?!

  • sanjoy on December 3, 2016, 2:57 GMT

    Lehmann and Maxwell comments were uncalled for,in first place the coach should be shacked and captain replaced with Warner.

  • Craig on December 3, 2016, 2:50 GMT

    Maxwell could have blown any small chance he had of touring India with this dummy spit and subsequent spat hehas now created with Wade, skipper Steve Smith and most of the senior Aussie players.

  • Alex on December 3, 2016, 2:41 GMT

    Aussie selection criteria is plain stupid now. It almost like they do not have control over maxwell when he is in the team. It shows weak leadership. Fine Maxwell? wow. That has to be stupidest move. People make mistakes and say wrong thing wrong time. You don't go fining players. Defending useless wade? Aussies are going south. Almost like mickey arthur episode. Atleast with mickey it happened within aussie team. In maxwell case its domestic team. I side with maxwell in this case. Not every player going to have same stat. Player like maxwell need different scale.

  • Seby on December 3, 2016, 2:08 GMT

    @VNOTT - completely agree with you. Find it somewhat contradictory that they pick Wade for being feisty - and then slam Maxwell for showing 'disrespect'. What's easier to do - make unctuous noises or set a high bar and try and achieve it ?

  • Xiong on December 3, 2016, 1:40 GMT

    @lovemybharath Well he actually only played 27 tests for Australia so... not that long?

  • venkataramana rao on December 2, 2016, 23:32 GMT

    one needs to look at what maxwell is saying. i am sad that i am not picked. i come too low down due to which i am not able to stitch big knocks. i am in form guys. pls pick me. i know i will do well. sometimes people as talented as maxwell need to be given the assurance that all is well. u will get picked. these r blokes who will be more on the edge than a smith kind of personality. the captain, coach and others ought to know that.

  • Graham on December 2, 2016, 22:52 GMT

    Maxwell speech was out of line but I think Lehmanns thinkingvos flawed. We should go on averages Maxwell av 50 Maddiinson low 30s last season. I know who i would prefer if Maddinson scored a couplr of tons it means the rest is very poor.

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