Maxwell ‘shocked’ by match-fixing claims
GLENN Maxwell has launched a scathing attack on documentary makers who barely disguised his identity when airing unfounded match-fixing allegations against two Australian players.
Maxwell decided to speak out on Tuesday and reveal his devastation at having one of the fondest memories of his career tarnished by farcical and incorrect claims that haven't even prompted an investigation by the International Cricket Council.
The Al Jazeera documentary aired sensational boasting from Indian criminals claiming that they had corrupted an Australia v India Test match in 2017.
No players were named under the threat of legal action by Cricket Australia but Al Jazeera was so specific about the period of the match which was at the centre of the claims and made so little effort to distort the image of an Australian depicted batting in the match that it left little doubt Maxwell was one of the players inferred.
Maxwell made his maiden Test century in the match which also happened to be his first appearance in the baggy green in nearly three years.
Al Jazeera's claims against the Australians centred on slowing run-rates before session breaks despite the fact this is common practice in Test matches, particularly in the sub-continent where conditions for batting can be trying.
The 29-year-old didn't need to publicly out himself, but decided to dispel any lingering innuendo around the documentary by opening up about his hurt on Gerard Whateley's morning show on radio SEN in Melbourne.
Maxwell says he shares a strong relationship with anti-corruption investigators because he has reported several suspicious incidents he's witnessed in the Indian Premier League.
"I was shocked and a bit hurt by it as well. To have these allegations about your involvement in a game where you have only got happy memories about, and great memories," Maxwell said.
"I still remember hugging Steve Smith after making my maiden Test hundred, so to have that tarnished by these allegations was pretty devastating and there's obviously no truth to it whatsoever.
"It was one hundred per cent unfair. To tarnish one of the best moments of my career was pretty brutal.
"To say I had done anything untoward in that game when I'd just finally got back into the Test side and I'd worked my backside off … is ridiculous."
Maxwell says he feels Al Jazeera outed him despite not naming him.
"You could see from the gear I was wearing that there wasn't anyone else using that gear in that game and that was certainly very hard to take," he said.
However, Maxwell is not for a second claiming that corruption doesn't exist in cricket.
The superstar batsman says he has reported several curious things he has witnessed during his years in the IPL - although there's no indication that any of his reports have resulted in prosecution by authorities.
"I have been honest with them the whole way through with the IPL. If I have ever seen anything untoward I always sat down with them and had a long coffee and just talked about everything to make sure that nothing ever, ever comes back to me," said Maxwell.
"If there's anything that's slightly amiss I always seem to give them a call and make sure that they have every bit of evidence they can possibly have.
"There's some things that you see in a game of cricket where you are always just a little bit unsure."
Perhaps the most damning reflection of the allegations Al Jazeera made about Australian players is the fact the ICC haven't been felt it necessary to investigate.
Initially the governing body's anti-corruption unit indicated it would interview all players referenced by the documentary - but Maxwell hasn't heard a thing.
"They actually didn't. They just said, 'this is what's coming out'", said Maxwell.