Former Australia stalwart Simon Katich believes that allrounder Glenn Maxwell is too good to be left out of the ODI XI and just needs guidance.
Maxwell was slapped with a team fine and left out of the team for the first ODI against New Zealand after he made remarks in the media deemed disrespectful to Matthew Wade.
The former Australia opener told ABC radio: “My point is someone like him who is mercurial [at] times when he’s going, he’s going to frustrate but there’s times when he’s a match winner. He just needs guidance around him.
“He had issues leading into the summer thinking about a transfer to NSW but it didn’t eventuate.
“It’s a shame when a player of his ability can’t get on the field for disciplinary reasons. Cricket Australia have to sort it out. He should be out there playing this one-dayer for Australia.”
Katich believes the Australian team leadership will be able to put out this fire and smooth things over between Maxwell and Wade.
“I think Steve Smith’s prerogative as captain is to deal with these situations. But I think from Glenn Maxwell’s point of view and a lot of people have commented on it they’ve been impressed with the fact he was giving honest opinion and that’s what people want to hear more from players.
“He’s had to pay for it financially but you’d hope Steve Smith and Darren Lehmann can sort it out behind closed doors. He’s too influential a player to not be playing for Australia at the moment.”
Wade smacked 38 off just 22 balls for Australia in the opening ODI of the series against New Zealand.