Ricky Ponting finds Glenn Maxwell’s exclusion from Australia Test squad bizarre

first_imgFormer Australia captain Ricky Ponting was surprised at Glenn Maxwell’s exclusion from the Test squad for the two-match Test series against Pakistan in in the United Arab Emirates.Not only that, he was also shocked with the fact that Maxwell was not selected in the Australia ‘A’ squad for their matches against India ‘A’ 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,” he added.Uncapped pair of Marnus Labuschagne and Travis Head were both picked ahead of Maxwell.The Austalian team is already without the suspended trio of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft and Maxwell’s experience would have been a crucial addition in the midlle-order.But, the Australian selectors definitely doesn’t think so as the uncapped pair of Marnus Labuschagne and Travis Head were both picked ahead of Maxwell.”They didn’t pick him on that Australia A tour and they’ve said they’ve seen him play enough in those conditions and knew what he could do,” Ponting said.”But if you think about it now, that must have actually meant they weren’t going to pick him at all. He didn’t even come into calculations for that Test tour.”With Marnus and Travis Head going on that A tour, they gave them the opportunity to play in those conditions, they’ve done well and then they picked them (for the Test squad),” Ponting added.advertisement”I’m not sure what the message is, but it’s a bit confusing to me,” said Ponting who coached him in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and national limited-overs sides this year.Labuschagne and Head were a part of the Australia ‘A’ squad for their matches against India ‘A’ and the managed to score 97 and 206 runs from two matches respectively.last_img