Maxwell fined for Wade criticism


Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has been fined for his criticism of team-mate Matthew Wade, national team captain Steve Smith revealed on Saturday.

Maxwell sparked controversy on Thursday when he hit out at wicketkeeper Wade - his captain in the Victoria state side - for batting ahead of him in the order this year.

The comments, Maxwell also claiming Wade should be batting below him at seven, made for an awkward situation heading into the first of three one-day internationals against New Zealand, with the pair involved in the ODI squad.

Less than impressed with Maxwell - who is determined to regain his place in the Australia Test team after more than two years in the wilderness - Smith and Co. opted to impose an undisclosed fine on the outspoken 28-year-old.

"Everyone was disappointed in his comments," Smith said on Saturday. "I've expressed that with him myself.

"One of our values is respect and having respect for your teammates, opposition, fans and media. 

"I thought what he said was very disrespectful to a teammate and his Victorian captain.

"The leadership group got together and decided to fine Glenn. We thought that was a sufficient punishment.

"We've gone down that path and I was disappointed with the comments that he made.

"Wadey was pretty disappointed as well, like all the other players. 

"As I said I talk about a respect thing for your teammates and particularly the captain of your state. He was disappointed but we've moved on from that now."

Despite the fine, Maxwell remains in consideration for the opening ODI against the Black Caps at the SCG on Sunday.

"I don't think he [Maxwell] thought the words came out the way they actually did," Smith added.

"We've moved on from that now. We've fined him and expressed our disappointment towards what he said and moving on and trying to focus on this game tomorrow."