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Pleased with the way Maxwell has handled criticism - Lehmann

Glenn Maxwell is in contention to play the final ODI in Melbourne
Glenn Maxwell is in contention to play the final ODI in Melbourne
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Australian head coach Darren Lehmann was pleased with the way all-rounder Glenn Maxwell reacted to the criticism for his comments on team-mate Matthew Wade.

The 28-year-old recently criticised his Victorian captain and Australian team-mate Wade for his decision to bat higher than Maxwell in the state side and further added that number seven is the right position for a wicket-keeper batsman in the team.

The Australian team management came down heavily on Maxwell comments as he was handed a fine and was also not considered for the first two matches of the ongoing One-Day International series against New Zealand.

Lehmann credited Maxwell for handing things in a matured manner after he was left out of the first two games.

"He has been fantastic, full credit to him, the way he's handled it and the way he's been around the team," Lehmann told reporters in Melbourne on Thursday.

"We've named the team quite late both times ... and he's missed out last minute and he's handled that really well.

"I'm really pleased the way he's gone about it, and I know the players are (at) the way he's dealt with it."

However, the Australian coach said Maxwell has a good chance to make it to the third game in Melbourne as they are eyeing a 3-0 series whitewash.

The 46-year-old also downplayed the idea of resting Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood for the final game with a gruelling Test series against Pakistan ahead.

"I would think they would be playing ... they've got to bowl some overs and get ready for Brisbane anyway," Lehmann said.

"They've pulled up ok so unless something happens in the next 24 hours, we expect them to play."

After the completion of the final ODI against New Zealand, Australia are scheduled to play three Tests and five ODIs against Pakistan at home.

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