Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has been fined by his team on Saturday for his “disrespectful” comment on his teammate and the state team captain Matthew Wade on the day before the ODI series against New Zealand kicks off.
The scintillating Oz all-rounder who is famous for his blistering batting style said on Thursday that he lamented batting below Wade, his state team captain and ODI teammate, at No.6 for Victoria in the domestic Sheffield Shield cricket tournament and thinks it hindered his selection chances for the national side in the third Test against South Africa in Adelaide last week.
He said, and we are quoting, “I think probably batting below the wicketkeeper is also a bit painful as well. The wicketkeeper should be batting at seven unless you’re trying to squeeze an extra bowler into your line-up.” Australia’s leadership party, including the skipper Steve Smith, fined Maxwell for this comment which they termed as “disrespectful” and fined him.
While the head coach Darren Lehmann said in a media conference that Maxwell’s words are “disappointing”, Captain Smith told the reporters, “Everyone was disappointed in his comments. I’ve expressed that to him myself and spoke to the team. One of our values is respect and having respect for your teammates, opposition, the fans, the media. I thought what he said was very disrespectful to a teammate and his Victorian captain. The leadership group got together, and we decided to fine Glenn. We thought that was a sufficient punishment.”
Later Smith added that Mad Max is ashamed for his words and felt “shattered” after hearing his punishment. He said, “I don’t think he (Maxwell) thought the words came out the way they actually did. We’ve moved on from that now.”
Although the all-rounder has been fined for his words, Maxwell is very much in contention for selection for the opening match in the three-game Chappell-Hadlee Trophy ODI series, which is going to be played on Sunday at the Sydney Cricket Ground.