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Ponting, Lehmann baffled by 'bizarre' Maxwell Test snub

AFP  |  Sydney 

Batting all-rounder Glenn Maxwell's "bizarre" failure to make the squad for their tour against left former and ex-baffled Wednesday.

Selectors named five uncapped players ahead of Maxwell for the two-tour in the next month, despite the Victorian being one of the fastest scorers in world with a handy off-spin option.

said the 29-year-old needed regular big scores to be in contention, but Ponting questioned why he was not given the opportunity to do just that on the ongoing A tour of

"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?" he 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."

In contrast, uncapped batsmen and were taken to and rewarded with a spot in the 15-man squad.

While Head is Australia's leading run-scorer on that tour, Labuschagne hasn't faired so well with an average of barely 24.

"I'm not sure what the message is, but it's a bit confusing to me," added Ponting.

Lehmann, who Langer replaced after their scandal-plagued tour of earlier this year, was also baffled at Maxwell's treatment, noting that he had performed well in sub-continental conditions before.

"I would have picked him," he told Radio.

"It was a tough one with Glenn, he made a ton the last time they toured and he made a lot of runs in He plays spin quite well and it was an interesting decision."

Lehmann suggested selectors were looking to the future as they work to turn a corner after the ball-tampering row in that saw Steve Smith, and suspended.

"They see (Travis) Head and young Marnus (Labuschagne) from as real long-term prospects," he said.

Despite missing out -- along with middle order batsmen and -- national selector said the door was not completely closed.

"All three remain on our radar for Test cricket, but we want them to perform for their states and continue to push their case ahead of what is going to be a big Australian summer," he said.

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First Published: Wed, September 12 2018. 09:25 IST