Maxwell 'misled' by selectors after shock Test omission

Glenn Maxwell's hopes of making a statement and being in Test reckoning this summer will rely more upon his production in short-form cricket for Australia and Victoria than it will his first-class performances.

Maxwell, 30 next month, said on Wednesday he had felt "a little bit" misled by selectors after his shock omission from the 15-man squad which will travel to the United Arab Emirates for two Tests against Pakistan.

Glenn Maxwell said he felt a little bit misled by selectors.

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The national selectors appear to have made it clear to Maxwell that he had done enough to prove his Test case for Asian conditions when he was not sent to India this month for a series involving the Australia A squad. He had been told to rest through winter and even eschewed the opportunity to play English county cricket to further his Test case.

Where Usman Khawaja, Travis Head, Brendan Doggett and Michael Neser were among those allowed to either rubber-stamp their spot in the squad or make an impression in India, as they all did, Maxwell was not given that opportunity.

While selection chairman Trevor Hohns cited Maxwell's lack of big scores in his seven Tests, all abroad in which he averages 26.07, the India A tour would have given him the opportunity to at least make the selectors think twice.

He will now start the summer at home for Victoria in the domestic one-day series, beginning on Sunday in Townsville. He will have that tournament in full to find touch but his hopes of a strong start to the first-class summer are likely to be denied by international selection.

Maxwell is likely to be a part of Australia's three-match Twenty20 series against Pakistan in the UAE, beginning October 24, meaning he is unlikely to play in Victoria's opening Sheffield Shield clash, in Perth from October 16. He would then miss the home clash against NSW at the MCG, beginning October 25.

He is also likely to be part of Australia's one-day international campaign against South Africa, beginning November 4 in Perth, meaning he would miss the Shield clash against South Australia. It may not be until the Shield clash against Tasmania from November 17 when he could finally return to first-class cricket.

Maxwell said on Wednesday he had felt misled by the selectors, having missed the trip to India.

"Maybe a little bit. I feel like there were other guys who were able to get a full off-season of cricket into them and hit the 'A' series up and running or be able to put their names forward," he said on SEN.

"I think the way they were going with the guys they've picked, they've obviously gone in a different direction and that's fine. I feel like I've still got some really good cricket years ahead of me. I think if I continue to play the way I have been in the last 12 months, the selections will eventually go my way."

Maxwell had previously said he had not been guaranteed a spot for the Pakistan series but had been given a lot of "positive reinforcement" as to why he had not needed to go on the Australia A tour.

He had been on a promotional shoot for Cricket Australia when he was informed by Hohns of his omission.

"It may sound extremely funny but when I got the phone call yesterday I was actually wearing the baggy green, as extraordinary as it might sound," Maxwell said.

"I was doing a shoot for one of the sponsors and we were fully in our whites. And I had the baggy green on and got the call while it was on top of my head."

Maxwell's omission has surprised the cricketing world, including former Australian captain Ricky Ponting, who has been mentor to Maxwell in recent times. Former Australian coach Darren Lehmann - who had issues with Maxwell when in charge of the Australian side - also said he would have selected him.

Maxwell was the eighth-highest Shield run scorer last season, producing 707 runs at 50.50, including a double century.

Former Australian batsman Cameron White, who has had his own issues with the selectors over the years, believes his Victorian teammate will emerge from this latest disappointment by crunching runs for his state.

"I think has said that now himself - he is concentrating on going out and scoring a lot of runs for Victoria, hopefully in this JLT competition and then in Shield cricket, and that is going to give him every opportunity to be picked again," he said.

"The situation about him not playing in Australia A, and Glenn said that himself, was a little confusing, no doubt for him, but I don't know full the story behind it."

White did not want to buy into questioning whether the selection procedures, in this case involving Maxwell, did not make sense - an issue he had claimed last year, sparking a heated response from Hohns.

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