Ponting can't understand Maxwell snub

12 September 2018 06:32:18 EST

Former captain Ricky Ponting feels Glenn Maxwell would have good reason to be angry at missing out on Australia's Test squad.

Maxwell's absence from the touring party for the two-Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates has puzzled Ponting.

Selectors have picked uncapped pair Marnus Labuschagne and Travis Head ahead of him.

The decision to omit Maxwell is something of a surprise, though it comes after he was left out of the Australia A tour of India.

It was generally thought selectors had kept him back from the A squad because they had faith in his ability in the subcontinent.

That was the theory the player was working on, having said in July that he'd received "a lot of positive reinforcement" after selectors discussed his A squad omission with him.

Australia are without suspended batsmen Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft against Pakistan.

Ponting said the Victorian, who he has coached both in the Indian Premier League and national limited-overs sides this year, has lost out by not being given the chance to go to India.

"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 added.

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

"They didn't pick him on that Australia A tour and they've said they've seen him play enough in those conditions and knew what he could do.

"But if you think about it now, that must have actually meant they weren't going to pick him at all. He didn't even come into calculations for that Test tour."

Coach Justin Langer has called on Maxwell to score more centuries, while selection chief Trevor Hohns says the 29-year-old remains on the "radar for Test cricket."

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