Have zero knowledge of assurances given to Maxwell - Langer


Aussie cricket coach Justin Langer has apologised to a reporter for getting "grumpy" when asked about Glenn Maxwell's non-selection in the Test squad to take on Sri Lanka.

India beat Australia 2-1 to clinch the Test series creating history.

However, when Maxwell wasn't selected for that A tour, it was seen by many he was guaranteed a seat on the plane to the UAE for the two-test series against Pakistan.

On Thursday, Langer was pressed on whether a directive had been issued to Maxwell about county cricket. "I'm asking did it happen? Careless whispers, hey", he added before apologising.

Langer later apologized and said, "Sorry for getting grumpy". But when he was left out of the Australia squad again, reports were rife that his continued omission had got to do with much more than just cricket. "I didn't mean to get grumpy, but the truth is a handsome thing", Langer apologized. He has been out of favour since then, leading to murmurs in the cricketing circles. "Are you certain that's what happened?" a frosty Langer said when asked about Maxwell getting told not to play country cricket. Apparently, the India tour was considered to be an audition for the tour of UAE later in the year.

The ESPN Cricinfo article states: "a spokesperson denied that the planning email, a common part of discussions between CA and the players, was tantamount to a guarantee of selection".

Justin Langer had a temporary role earlier in West Indies.

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"I can't wait to get up there and in amongst it."Burns, who has played 14 Tests, has been knocking on the door this season with Queensland, while Renshaw has been unlucky not to get another call-up until now, since his last appearance at Johannesburg in 2018".

National selector Trevor Hohns insists there is no personality clash between Maxwell and selectors, while revealing they wanted the maligned star's focus to be on white-ball cricket ahead of the World Cup. "There have been some reports about personality".

"Ultimately Aaron, Peter, Shaun and Mitch have not produced the performances expected of them with the bat at the Test level", he said."They have been given a good opportunity, but have not produced the scores we need".

"It's not true. All the conjecture about it - that's all part of the noise".

"I'm not sure what the instruction was or who it came from but players are free to make up their own decisions on what they go and play", Hohns said on Wednesday.

Maxwell had to fulfil his commitments in shorter formats, which meant that he could play only two first-class matches.

He believes that all these are clear signs of him wanting to play Test cricket for Australia.