Ricky Ponting and Darren Lehmann have questioned Australian selectors over their new-look Test squad to take on Pakistan.
The former Australian Test captain and coach were left particularly stumped by the omission of Glenn Maxwell.
The Victorian was controversially left out of new coach Justin Langer’s first two-Test 15-man squad to face Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates next month.
The 29-year-old was jumped in the queue after being told he didn’t need to audition as part of the recent Australia A tour in India.
“If I was Maxi I’d be thinking, ‘why didn’t you give me the chance to actually go there (to India) and push my case to get myself into the team?'” Ponting told cricket.com.au.
“That’s all a bit bizarre to me. If I was Maxi and I hadn’t been given the chance to play for Australia A, I’d be ropeable.”
Lehmann, too, was stumped by the logic.
“You know obviously a couple of surprises. Maxwell being one of them,” he told Macquarie Sports Radio.
“If they weren’t going to pick him, at least give him the opportunity for the Australia A side to see what he can do before they announce that Test squad.”
Lehmann noted Maxwell also has runs on the board to thrive in sub-continent conditions.
“He played very well in India a couple of years ago and got his first Test hundred so Maxi … will be disappointed he missed out,” he said.
Lehmann, who during his time at the helm copped flak for leaving out Maxwell, hinted the selectors’ decision was made with the future in mind.
“They see (Travis) Head and young Marnus (Labuschagne) from Queensland as real long-term prospects,” he said.
But Lehmann echoed Langer’s words that more domestic hundreds from Maxwell’s willow would go a long way to earning a Test recall.
“For Glenn, he’s now got to get runs in the JLT (domestic one-day cup) and the Sheffield Shield to start with,” he said.
SQUAD: Tim Paine (capt), Ashton Agar, Brendan Doggett, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Jon Holland, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Michael Neser, Matthew Renshaw, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc.