Waterboy insult for out-of-favour Maxwell

WHEN Glenn Maxwell was not selected for the Australian team for the two-match Tour of the UAE against Pakistan, some eyebrows were raised.

The reason was Maxwell hasn’t converted enough half-centuries into centuries and really big scores and was told to go back to Sheffield Shield cricket to score runs.

But at the first opportunity to score red ball runs with the first round of the Sheffield Shield, Maxwell was carrying drinks in the UAE.

A couple of new faces with the Test squad this morning!

Glenn Maxwell and Adam Zampa will act as fielding subs after Matthew Renshaw, Brendan Doggett and Michael Neser flew home early for #SheffieldShield duties #PAKvAUS pic.twitter.com/7071FVlIyB

The situation was heavily discussed on ABC’s Offsiders with ABC Grandstand journalist Alister Nicholson led the criticism.

The cricket writer wasn’t happy Maxwell would miss his opportunity to do what he was told to do to play in a series of pointless T20 matches.

“We have the circumstances where he’s (Maxwell) flown out to carry the drinks essentially in a Test match when he could be playing in the Sheffield Shield,” Nicholson said.

“He’ll now go an play some meaningless T20 matches over there, when we could be playing Sheffield Shield. He’s been told he needs to produce big red ball runs and he’s not being afforded the opportunity to do it.”

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“He’s been told that he needs to produce big red ball runs and he’s not being afforded the opportunity to do it”#Offsiders #Grandstand @Gmaxi_32 pic.twitter.com/kn0N3Pk3nF

Maxwell missed Victoria’s first Sheffield Shield match against Western Australia, with 20-year-old youngster Will Pucovski scoring a huge 243 in the side’s massive score of 504 and the innings and 45 run win.

He will also miss Victoria’s second match against NSW at the MCG starting Thursday with T20 matches in the UAE on October 24, 26 and 28.

Maxwell also scored 707 runs at an average of 50.50 last season, including a top score of 278.

Langer previously pinned the Victorian’s omission from the Test side on his lack of centuries across all formats.

This is the closest Glenn Maxwell got to needing to wear his whites in the UAE.Source:Getty Images

The Offsiders panel included former Australian cricketer Mel Jones who said the move seemed to be part of an attempt to change the culture of the side.

“I’ve heard it, almost like Donald Trump gets on a role with a certain phrase, but I’m not equating (Australian coach Justin Langer) to him, but there is a word in there all the time and you think, number one he’s a good bloke and how important is it to the set-up and is there a message to a certain someone,” she said.

“It comes back to me as in, Glenn Maxwell where are you at the moment and what are you doing to get back into the side.”

“And I think the fact he didn’t go on the Australia A Tour a couple of months back certainly sent the message that he wasn’t being looked at. Now all of a sudden with

injuries they are in strife.”

Herald Sun reporter David Davutovic said there were cultural issues with the side and compared the Australian cricket team to the Socceroos.

“Culture is a big one and I think he’s inherited from what I hear,” he said. “I really liken it to Ange Postecoglou when he took over the Socceroos in 2013 from Holger Osieck where there was a lot of hard yards at the start but then it was for the greater good.

“Langer is looking for real old school gritty batsmen like what he was, rather than a quick fire 50 or 60, he wants blokes that are going to roll their sleeves up, dig in, trickle their way to 100 then go on from there.”

After a 1-0 series loss in the UAE Test series, there have been several major talking points, including questions about the domestic system and how it’s preparing the next generation of cricketers for Test conditions.

Will Pucovski put on a big show in the Sheffield Shield.Source:Getty Images

Out of Pucovski’s attention-grabbing double-century — just the ninth Australian under 21 to hit the score along with the likes of Ricky Ponting, Doug Walters and Don Bradman — has meant he has been thrown into the selection mix.

But Jones asked for patience before we get too excited, especially when comparing Australian prospects to the likes of Indian youngster Prithvi Shaw, who has burst onto the scene as an 18-year-old.

“I think because we play India and you have Shaw coming in who is a youngster from the under-19s doing so well but they’ve got a billion people to pick from,” she said.

“It’s slightly different. We are looking for the next superstar, but because of the way in which Australian cricket is at the moment, with all this turmoil going around it, I think there just need to take a deep breath and work out if we look for the Ashes in comparison to this home series.”

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