Australia coach Justin Langer was visibly peeved on Thursday when a journalist prodded about Glenn Maxwell s surprising omission from red-ball cricket. Maxwell, who last played a Test against Bangladesh in 2017, was reportedly asked to skip county cricket last year by Cricket Australia and was guaranteed a place in the Australian A squad that will tour India. (ALSO READ: Australia to tour India for 2 T20Is, 5 ODIs starting February 24)

Langer termed murmurs about Maxwell s omission as careless whispers as he lashed out at the journalist and then immediately apologised. Are you certain that s what happened? Did it happen? Well you re telling me it did happen, I m asking did it happen? Langer told the journalist. (ALSO READ: Throwback: Australia to wear 80s retro jersey for India ODIs)

No, I ve got zero knowledge of that. Careless whispers, hey, he added before apologising. So sorry everyone for getting grumpy, I didn t mean to get grumpy, but the truth is a beautiful thing.