Justin Langer takes aim at reporters over Glenn Maxwell 'careless whispers'

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Australian coach Justin Langer fires up over Glenn Maxwell questioning

Australia head coach Justin Langer lost his cool over a journalist after he was questioned on why Glenn Maxwell was not picked in the four-match Test series against India.

In September past year, Maxwell had said he felt "a little bit" misled after being overlooked for the two-Test series against Pakistan in the UAE having rejected an offer to play county cricket and missed the Australia A tour of India to remain fresh.

In the recently concluded Test matches against India, Australia lost for the first time in 71 years to an Asian team on home soil.

However, when Maxwell wasn't selected for that A tour, it was seen by many he was guaranteed a seat on the plane to the UAE for the two-test series against Pakistan. "Are you certain that's what happened?" a frosty Langer said when asked about Maxwell getting told not to play country cricket. Langer asked on two occasions.

However, at his press conference, Langer challenged the notion any of that was true, making reference to "careless whispers" when he was quizzed by a reporter.

A tense exchange between Justin Langer and a journo, before the Aussie coach later apologised. "I don't like getting grumpy but there's so many stories that go around about so much stuff", Langer said.

"But the truth is a handsome thing".

Maxwell's absence from the team sheet read out by chief selector Trevor Hohns on Wednesday has been a major talking point in the 24 hours since.

Maxwell has a better average in the limited-overs format. Marnus Labuschagne was the surprise choice to bat No. 3 in the final Test against India while Matt Renshaw, Joe Burns and Will Pucovski have been called up for the series against Sri Lanka.

Such emails were a common part of discussions with players, according to CA, but in no way inferred guarantee of selection.

Maxwell has played in seven Tests for Australia since debuting in 2013 as the Victorian continues to be left in the red-ball wilderness.

Justin Langer gets some advice from former Australia team-mate Shane Warne. "He has shown he is brilliant around the group in white-ball cricket". "There have been some reports about personality". It is literally false. All the conjecture about it - that's all part of the noise. I was hoping that was a positive note to go to Dubai.

After another series and another omission for Maxwell, Langer was prodded by a reporter for an explanation regarding an alleged directive from selectors for the all-rounder to focus on white-ball cricket and give up an opportunity to play county cricket in England.

"I've certainly made it clear that I wouldn't have gone to England this year if I wasn't still trying to play test cricket", Maxwell said on The Unplayable Podcast.

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