Justin Langer gets fiery during his press conference.
Justin Langer gets fiery during his press conference.

Langer fires up over Maxwell question

Australia coach Justin Langer has fired up in a press conference, venting his frustration over supposed mistruths about Glenn Maxwell's omission from the latest Test squad.

Maxwell's absence from the team sheet read out by chief selector Trevor Hohns on Wednesday has been a major talking point in the 24 hours since.

Hohns was forced to deny suggestions Maxwell's snub is due to a personality clash or character flaw. Maxwell has also spoken about his latest omission, lamenting the lack of red-ball preparation afforded to him in recent months.

Langer was asked about the claim Maxwell was told not to play County cricket in England in order to focus on his white-ball form ahead of this year's World Cup.

Langer - one of three national selectors - didn't straight-up deny that message was given to Maxwell, but got fiery when it was put to him by a journalist.

"Are you certain that's what happened? What are you asking? Did that happen? You're telling me it happened so I'm asking you," Langer responded.

"I've got zero knowledge of that."

The tense exchange ended when Langer apologised to the journalist.

"Sorry for getting grumpy. I don't like getting grumpy, but there's so many stories that go around about so much stuff.

"Sorry for getting grumpy. We can talk about it after.

"The truth is a beautiful thing."

Langer also wouldn't elaborate on why Maxwell was left out of the Test squad for the two-match series against Sri Lanka starting later this month.

"Glenn is crystal clear, from me and the selectors, what he needs to do to get back in the Test team. He is crystal clear," Langer said.

"He's shown he is brilliant around the group in white-ball cricket. There's been some reports about (his) personality ... that is literally false. It's not true.

"It's important that he knows that and I know that as one of the selectors, and all the conjecture about that is all part of the noise. Glenn knows exactly what he has to do."

News Corp Australia


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