Former Australia leg-spinner Shane Warne said Glenn Maxwell’s punishment for his remarks on wicketkeeper Matthew Wade should not have been made public.
“I saw what Maxi said. I think some of that stuff should have been private,” Warne told Melbourne radio station SEN.
“I don’t think that stuff should be public. (Maxwell) is obviously just venting a bit of frustration. The way Steve Smith handled it in-house, I thought that was good. To me, Maxwell is a super talent and for me I’d like to see him in Australian colours in all forms of the game. But some of that stuff should be kept in-house,” he added.
Maxwell was fined by the Australian leadership team after he questioned Victoria captain Wade’s decision to bat above him in the Sheffield Shield match.
Maxwell said on Thursday he felt as though batting below Wade at No.6 for Victoria hurt his selection chances for Australia’s third Test against South Africa in Adelaide last week.
“I think probably batting below the wicketkeeper is also a bit painful as well,” Maxwell said. “The wicketkeeper should be batting at seven unless you’re trying to squeeze an extra bowler into your line-up,” the Big Show had said.
After the first ODI against New Zealand where skipper Steve Smith hit a match-winning 164, he told cricket.com.au: “Everyone was disappointed in his comments.”
“I’ve expressed that to him myself and spoke to the team. One of our values is respect and having respect for your team-mates, opposition, the fans, the media. I thought what he said was very disrespectful to a teammate and his Victorian captain,” Smith added.
Head Coach Darren Lehmann also said Maxwell’s words in a media conference were “disappointing” leading to Smith and Australia’s senior members to impose a fine on the 28-year-old.
Smith said Maxwell was “shattered” when he heard his punishment. “I don’t think he (Maxwell) thought the words came out the way they actually did,” Smith said. “We’ve moved on from that now.”