'Grumpy' Australian cricket coach Justin Langer snaps at media - and then apologises

Glenn Maxwell

Maxwell last played a Test against Bangladesh in 2017, after he had compiled a maiden Test hundred against India in Ranchi.

Miscommunication between Trevor Hohns and Glenn Maxwell seemed to have created some problem.

Glenn Maxwell has responded to his latest Test snub as former Australian player Rob Quiney unloaded on the selectors for their treatment of him, saying there must be an ulterior motive to keeping him out of the team than just form. Also, Hohns said the players are free to make up their mind.

"Glenn is crystal clear from me and the selectors, what he needs to do to get back in the Test team". "There have been some reports about personality".

"He is crystal clear what he has to do, and that's important that he knows that and that I know that as the coach and one of the selectors, and all the conjecture about it, that's all part of the noise".

Langer says he has no knowledge of Maxwell getting any board from the top bosses.

Maxwell has a better average in the limited-overs format.

But Maxwell, who has previously expressed his disappointment at being restricted in how much first-class cricket he can play each home summer due to white-ball commitments, will take a new path this year in a bid to enhance his Ashes claims.

Selectors also kept faith with their pace attack of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins, with veteran Peter Siddle also included.National selector Trevor Hohns said "there is no doubt the India series produced some disappointing results" and change was needed, after four Tests characterised by the failure of any Australian batsmen to score a century.

Justin Langer, who was sitting and listening to all such talks from the reporter, reacted fumingly.

Langer, arguably showing the strain of a taxing month in which he and his team copped widespread criticism amid a 2-1 series loss to India, asked the reporter twice "are you certain that's what happened?" then three times "did it happen?" regarding the county directive.

"I think when there was a lot of the "good bloke" chat ... being in the group that wasn't picked to go over to the UAE and I wasn't in the Australia A stuff I suppose people start to ask why that certain player is (overlooked)", Maxwell told cricket.com.au's The Unplayable Podcast. Langer told the journalist.

"I've got zero knowledge of that ... careless whispers, eh?"

Pressed again if he was aware of it happening, Langer slammed the suggestions "careless whispers" before offering an apology after getting riled up.

Langer, appointed head coach in May, and Maxwell, keen to stay out of the headlines, both want to move on from the saga and focus on Saturday's ODI series opener against India.



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