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No sympathy for Maxwell

AAP logoAAP 2/12/2016 Steve Larkin

Here they come, off the long run. Trying to knock Glenn Maxwell's head off again.

The big show. With the big mouth.

Isn't his career going like that bloody shot of his: reverse?

What's he on about this time? Wanting a Test spot when his Shield average this season is 25.80?

No, not this time? His batting spot for Victoria. Oh. That's all?

He's peeved about batting below Matthew Wade a couple of times. Found it "painful". Believes it harmed his Test prospects.

Maxwell isn't getting much sympathy.

Ex-Victorian captain Darren Berry : "That's me, me, me stuff isn't it?"

Veteran Rob Quiney: "He just needs to lip it and make some runs."

Ouch. Maxwell again becomes a story for his lips not his bat.

But does he need to lip it?

"It's good that he's honest. Unfortunately it's probably not the greatest attitude to have I reckon," Quiney said.

Here's the rub.

We, the sporting public and media, want characters. Then we want to decry the character.

We want sport as a soap opera. We want honesty but can't handle the truth.

We want to hear from Maxwell. Then tell him to shut up.

We want to enthral at his reverse sweep. Then bag him for getting out to it.

We want to hear him say he wants to play Test cricket. Then smirk at coach Darren Lehmann's response: "Are you going to pick a bloke that hasn't made 100 for two years?"

We want a bet both ways - on the hero and the villain.

We want, Berry says, the pimple and the pus.

"What I'm reading, what I'm hearing, is that pimple that was probably an under-surface pimple now has got a lot of pus in it and it's getting squeezed," Berry said of Maxwell-Wade relations.

The pair will be Australian teammates for the limited-overs series against New Zealand.

"I'm tipping there'll either be a Mexican stand-off or there will be a clash of the titans," Berry said.

"What I'm detecting is that Maxwell is not happy behind the scenes, clearly the Vics aren't happy with him and this has just raised the tension."

Coach Lehmann described Maxwell's comments as "disappointing", adding he'd get the allrounder and Wade to sort out their issues.

"It's difficult but again we'll work through it behind the scenes ... we'll take that offline," Lehmann said.

Maxwell was denied a clearance to NSW this season but could seek another move next year when his Victorian contract expires.

The 28-year-old, who was overlooked for Victoria's opening Sheffield Shield game, is returning to the national one-day set-up after being overlooked for recent series in Sri Lanka and South Africa.

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