Justin Langer looks on after Australia lost the their recent test series to India. When he wasn't selected for the A tour of India, it was assumed that Maxwell would be considered for the tour of UAE.
On Thursday, Langer was pressed on whether a directive had been issued to Maxwell about county cricket. "Did that happen? You're telling me it happened so I'm asking you", Langer responded. "Careless whispers, hey", he added before apologizing.
Langer then went on to apologise a final time before taking another question that was cut off part of the way through, saying: "Sorry, what are we talking about?" But when he was left out of the Australia squad again, reports were rife that his continued omission had got to do with much more than just cricket. "I didn't mean to get grumpy, but the truth is a attractive thing", Langer apologized.
Speculation has been swirling that Maxwell was overlooked because of personal differences with senior Cricket Australia officials.
Maxwell last played a Test against Bangladesh in 2017, after he had compiled a maiden Test hundred against India in Ranchi.
Such emails were a common part of discussions with players, according to CA, but in no way inferred guarantee of selection.
Quiney, who played two Tests for Australia and was a long-time teammate of Maxwell's at Victoria, believes there's a personality clash between the talented all-rounder and influential people at the selection table.
Justin Langer had a temporary role earlier in West Indies.
When Langer was quizzed by a reporter about the sequence of events and reports regarding the alleged advice given to Maxwell, the Australia boss reacted angrily. "I've got zero knowledge of that". "He has shown he is brilliant around the group in white-ball cricket". There have been some reports about personality - it is literally false.
"It's not true. All the conjecture about it - that's all part of the noise".
While Hohns was adamant that it was purely down to form that Maxwell, who averages 41.10 in first class cricket, remains on the outer with selectors, a former teammate was not so sure.
Maxwell detailed in a radio interview a year ago how he turned down offers to play domestic cricket in England.
"I've certainly made it clear that I wouldn't have gone to England this year if I wasn't still trying to play test cricket", Maxwell said on The Unplayable Podcast.
Pucovski, 20, has played relatively little cricket this season, having taken a break for mental health reasons after his mammoth 243 against Western Australia for Victoria in the opening round of the Sheffield Shield season.