Maxwell not bothered by Lehmann’s ‘digs’


Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell came under fire from national coach Darren Lehmann recently, after playing a silly shot when his state side, Victoria, were in trouble, but has responded in the best way.

Lehmann was annoyed that Maxwell, fighting to get a Test place, didn't play a more measured innings when the Bushrangers needed him to, and instead swiped and got a top edge. Maxwell then won the game for his side in the next match.

Lehmann had said on 6PR radio: "He's exciting, but we have to see him be really hungry to make big runs. Take the example of his (Matador Cup) performance on Friday.

"He was out caught at deep third man, where the wicket was low and slow. He really could have played a technical innings, which we know he can do.

"He's been brilliant for us over the last 12 months in the one-day format. But again, it's a case of him taking his game to the next level in the longer format."

Maxwell wasn't bothered by the 'dig' from his coach, responding after his match-winning effort against the Western Warriors this week: "He’s probably going to take credit for that, which is rubbish (laughing).

"He does it a fair bit, doesn't he? I had a chat to him yesterday and it’s all good.

"He has a couple of snide remarks every now and again. He doesn't mind having a dig at me, which is fine.

"He knows I take it pretty well and I challenge him back. It’s a good relationship we have.

"He’s always driving me to be better and he wants me to be playing all three formats.

"It’s nice to be thought of that way. I've just got to make him pick me and then hopefully I can show him out in the field."

Maxwell is hoping to earn a place in the Test side to face New Zealand in three matches next month.