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Ponting surprised at Maxwell exclusion from Australia squad

IANS  |  Melbourne 

Former is shocked over the omission of from not only Australia's Test squad but also the preceding 'A' tour of

Maxwell was left out for the forthcoming two-Test series against in the

"If I was Maxi I'd be thinking, 'why didn't you give me the chance to actually go there (to India) and push my case to get myself into the team?'" told

"That's all a bit bizarre to me. If I was Maxi and I hadn't been given the chance to play for A, I'd be ropeable," he added.

The Aussie team is without suspended batsmen Steve Smith, and and uncapped pair of Marnus Labuschagne and were both picked ahead of Maxwell.

"They didn't pick him on that A tour and they've said they've seen him play enough in those conditions and knew what he could do," the 43-year-old said.

"But if you think about it now, that must have actually meant they weren't going to pick him at all. He didn't even come into calculations for that Test tour.

"With Marnus and going on that A tour, they gave them the opportunity to play in those conditions, they've done well and then they picked them (for the Test squad)," added.

"I'm not sure what the message is, but it's a bit confusing to me," said Ponting who coached him in the (IPL) and national limited-overs sides this year.



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First Published: Wed, September 12 2018. 20:52 IST