Glenn Maxwell    Getty Images (File Photo)
Glenn Maxwell Getty Images (File Photo)

Glenn Maxwell labelled it as “extremely disappointing” after missing out on the Australian squad to lock horns against England. Australia went ahead with Chris Lynn, who has been in rollicking form off late, but his calf injury has again opened the gates for Maxwell’s entry. Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting revealed that he is a Maxwell-fan, and would like to see him back in the ODI scheme of things following Lynn’s exit.

Commentating during the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL) 2017-18 in Adelaide Strikers versus Melbourne Stars’ encounter, Ponting told Cricket Australia, “I would put him back into the squad. There was a lot made when he was left out, the chairman of selectors and Steven Smith laid it on the line pretty clearly what they wanted to see from him.

That was along the lines of ‘train better and train smarter’ and I think Trevor Hohns said something about playing a bit smarter as well. So you would like to think he has listened to all that he knows what he has to do now when he goes back into that squad. I don’t think there’s a better middle-order batsman than him to take that spot.

If you think about the current team, Smith will bat at (No. 3) three, Travis Head at four, Maxwell and Mitchell Marsh or (Marcus) Stoinis in that five-six sort of area. So as long as he’s learnt his lesson and listened to what those people have had to say, absolutely I think he can go back to international cricket and dominate,” opined Ponting.

Interestingly, Ponting backed Maxwell just when the right-hander was taking Stars out of a hole against Strikers in BBL 2017-18.

Earlier, Maxwell had revealed that he got a call from Hohns following his omission. He shared, “I was extremely disappointed not to be in that one day side, but I completely understood the reasoning from Trevor Hohns that my last 20 ODIs haven t been good enough. That was the phone call I received. You can t really say too much to that.”