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Maxwell fined for verbal whack at Wade

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Skipper says Maxwell has been disrespectful. Photo: AAP
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Outspoken all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has been slapped with a fine for his criticism of Australia teammate Matthew Wade, but the two could still line up together on Sunday.

Australia skipper Steve Smith said Maxwell had been hit with an undisclosed fine by the team leadership group after his comments about his Victoria captain Wade.

Smith said he was disappointed in Maxwell but said that would not affect the explosive batsman’s chances of being selected for the opening game of their one-day series against New Zealand.

“I was disappointed in his comments and I’ve expressed that to him myself,” Smith said.

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Maxwell is frustrated he’s seen as a short-form specialist. Photo: ABC

“I spoke to the team and one of our values is respect — having respect for your teammates and your opposition, fans, your media.

“And I thought what he said was very disrespectful to a team-mate and his Victorian captain.

“So the leadership group got together and we decided to fine Glenn. We thought that was sufficient punishment.”

The fine was meted out by the Australian team itself, not team management or Cricket Australia.

Maxwell this week said it was “painful” to be made to twice bat below wicketkeeper Wade in the Victorian batting order during Sheffield Shield clashes with Queensland and New South Wales last month.

He said it had affected his chances of being selected for the recent Adelaide Test, but coach Darren Lehmann on Friday said he was never in contention and needed to score more runs.

Smith said Wade was disappointed by the saga but the team had vowed to move on, with their one-day world number one ranking on the line in the series against the Black Caps.

He insisted there was no lingering resentment, with the two likely to take the pitch alongside each other at the SCG on Sunday.

“(Maxwell) is available for selection so the selectors will weigh up what’s the best team for tomorrow,” Smith said.

“He was a little bit shattered with what he said. I don’t think he thought the words came out the way they actually did.”

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