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by Manuj Sharma Saturday 3 December 2016
Australian skipper Steven Smith expressed his disappointment over the comments made by all-rounder Glenn Maxwell on team-mate Matthew Wade ahead of the One-Day International series against New Zealand.
Maxwell said on Thursday that it was "painful" to bat below his skipper Matthew Wade in the Victorian side and further insisted that number seven is the right place for a wicket-keeper.
The 28-year-old has made a comeback into the Australian 50-over-squad after five months and will be sharing the same dressing room with Wade.
Australian coach Darren Lehmann said he will clear-the-air and ensure the players get along well before the series against New Zealand begins.
Speaking in a press conference on Friday, Smith expressed his disappointment on the comments made by Maxwell and further added that the team had decided to fine him.
However, he assured that Maxwell will be available for selection for the first game against New Zealand on Sunday.
"Everyone was disappointed in his comments, I've expressed that with him myself and spoke to the team," Smith told reporters.
"One of our values is respect and having respect for your team mates, opposition, fans and media.
"I thought what he said was very disrespectful to a team mate and his Victorian captain. The leadership group got together and we decided to fine Glenn. We thought that was a sufficient punishment..
"He's available for selection and obviously the selectors will weigh up what they think is the best team for tomorrow."
With Maxwell expressing his unhappiness with the Victorian side, a report from Sydney Morning Herald indicated that New South Wales is considering to provide an offer to the all-rounder.
The Australian captain also is wary of the threat the Black Caps possess in the limited over formats and urged his team to be at their best.
"We've generally played some pretty good cricket here in Australia," Smith said.
"They are a quality team so we're going to have to be at our best to beat them in this series."
The three-match ODI series between Australia and New Zealand will be played between 4th and 9th December in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.
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