Rob Quiney says Glenn Maxwell’s continued snubbing from the Test side must be because of a personal issue.
Maxwell was again overlooked when selectors announced a new-look squad to take on Sri Lanka, with many left wondering what the Victorian batsman has to do to get a recall.
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Maxwell’s teammate at Victoria reckons the selection panel – Trevor Hohns, Justin Langer and Greg Chappell – must have a personal issue with the much-maligned star.
“To be honest mate, they say it’s got nothing to do with his personality, but I do,” Quiney told SEN Radio on Thursday.
“There’s something there they don’t like about Maxy because he’s ticked enough boxes runs-wise.
“They talk about him needing more hundreds, but no one’s making hundreds. If that’s the case, everyone gets dropped from the four Tests against India.
“The message keeps changing with him.”
Quiney says Maxwell deserves another chance at Test level.
“I just disagree with how they’re going, we want him to focus on white-ball cricket for the World Cup, why is he all of a sudden being plucked and told to focus on white-ball cricket only?” Quiney said.
“It just seems weird and that’s why I reckon it’s got to be something personal.
“To his credit, he’s been just getting on with what he needs to do and he’s doing it really maturely at the moment.”
‘No issue there whatsoever’
On Wednesday, Hohns insisted Maxwell’s omission was solely based on his form,
“When we look at teams now we obviously take into account players’ character, but I can assure you there’s no issue there whatsoever,” Hohns told reporters.
“Glenn hasn’t played Test cricket for us for a while and, I guess, right here and now, we are wanting him to focus on white ball cricket with the World Cup coming up.
“Obviously, when a position becomes available in the batting line-up it depends where that position is and the type of player we require.
“We’ve had several conversations with Glenn about all this and right now he’s just content to focus on one-day cricket and white ball cricket.
“However, he makes it very clear he would like to play Test cricket for Australia — there’s no doubt about that.”