Ricky Ponting has criticized the decision to remove Glenn Maxwell from the Australian team for the series of tests against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, saying that it would be "sogabilizable" if he were in the position of hitter.
Batsman Peter Handscomb was also left out of the tour, Australia's first since the ball-handling scandal in Cape Town, but it was Maxwell's omission that caused the most stir, particularly since he was not in the recently completed tour of Australia A to India, which meant he did not have a chance to win a place in the test squad. In addition, Maxwell had said that he received positive reinforcements from the selectors after his omission of the A squad, which led most to think he was ready to tour the UAE.
"If it were Maxi I'd be thinking, why not? Do you give me the opportunity to go there (to India) and push my case to join the team?" said Ponting to cricket.com.au . "That's a bit strange for me, if I were Maxi and they had not given me the chance to play for Australia A, it would be nice."
"They did not pick him on that Australia A tour and they said they had seen him play what enough in those conditions and they knew what he could do. But if you think about it now, that must have really meant that you were not going to choose it at all. He did not even enter the calculations for the test tour.
Maxwell, who made his debut in the test in 2013, has never been able to choose a place in the longer format, since he only played seven tests in the last five years. . His last test was in September of last year in Chittagong, where Australia completed a victory in the series.
Ponting was very critical of the fact that Maxwell did not have the opportunity to prove his worth on tour A. "With Marnus and Travis Head going on that A tour, they were given the opportunity to play in those conditions, they did Well then they chose them [for the Test squad]I'm not sure what the message is, but it's a bit confusing for me. "
Ponting said the coaches needed to pass on to Maxwell what he had to do to get back to the Australian Test Squad.
"He's someone who is desperate to play the Cricket test in Australia, he wants to play any cricket game he can for his country," Ponting said. "He's always going to be that kind of winning player, if he comes out every two or three or four games, that's the kind of player he always will be, he has enough time and skill to be able to play more cricket for Australia."
Fast bowler Peter Siddle, who was summoned to the test team for the injuries of Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood, also said he was surprised by Maxwell's omission. "I came home and I was close to him yesterday, I was a little sure he was going to be part of this team, so he will be very disappointed, I feel for him, you always want your teammates to be in him and around the squad and I know part of that with you, I know it will be shattered.
"But I know one thing he will do is work hard and prepare to push his case through the summer. It is difficult, it is a totally new side and many changes. And, obviously, the direction they're going in right now, with three spinners there, makes it hard to be a hitting batter in the side. So you can see where they come from. Now he has many opportunities to prepare for the summer to push his case "