Glenn Maxwell has taken a fiery swipe at Stuart Clark over the former Aussie Test bowler's criticism of NSW young gun Ollie Davies.
Davies copped a brutal critique from Clark on Thursday during NSW's win over Tasmania in the Marsh Cup.
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Despite making 28 in NSW's successful chase, Davies' dismissal raised eyebrows as he was caught behind while backing away from a Riley Meredith thunderbolt.
Speaking in commentary for Fox Sports, Clark described Davies' dismissal as "embarrassing".
“That’s a disappointing shot by Ollie Davies,” Clark said.
“I know Ollie Davies has got a lot of potential. But if I’m a selector and I’m watching that, I just think he doesn’t care.
“I mean what’s that? That’s embarrassing. I’d be embarrassed if I was Ollie Davies.
“What’s he doing? That looks like ‘I’m genuinely scared’.”
However Clark's commentary struck a nerve within the Aussie cricket ranks.
Maxwell took to Twitter to defend Davies while also taking a swipe at Clark.
“The only thing that was embarrassing was the commentary,” Maxwell wrote.
“20yo kid in his 3rd game copping that garbage from past players is exactly what we don’t need in our domestic game.
“The kid is an excitement machine! How about we just embrace him?”
Former Test batsman Damien Martyn, T20 star D’Arcy Short and retired international James Muirhead were among the many to retweet Maxwell's post, while Marcus Stoinis 'liked' it.
David Warner century sets up NSW victory
A David Warner century steered NSW to a three-wicket victory at Bellerive Oval.
Despite losing several late wickets, the Blues reached the target of 259 with seven balls to spare to extend their lead atop the table.
Warner, playing his third state match after returning from a groin injury that derailed his international summer, struck 10 fours in his 108 from 115 deliveries.
He shared a 96-run stand with fellow veteran Moises Henriques (47 from 55), which ironed out a big chunk of the chase.
Since making his comeback, Warner has notched 87 in the one-day cup against South Australia and has Sheffield Shield scores of 24 and 69 against the same side.
The Test opener, who was dropped twice, was out in the 43rd over edging Jackson Bird to Tim Paine but his team's tail finished the job.
NSW have three wins from four games in an abbreviated tournament where each team plays five matches before the top two face off in the final.
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