Glenn Maxwell believes the decision to have Matthew Wade batting ahead of him for Victoria has been "painful", and says it could be a reason as to why he hasn't been recalled into the Test squad so far this summer.
The Bushrangers allrounder will play in Australia's three-match ODI series against New Zealand starting this Sunday, but Maxwell was hoping for a spot in the day-night Test in Adelaide last week after the hosts made six changes to their squad for their final meeting with South Africa.
In the two Sheffield Shield matches that Wade have Maxwell have played together, the Victorian captain has placed himself above Maxwell in the batting order both times, which is something that doesn't sit well with the 28-year-old.
"That's probably a little bit painful at times," Maxwell said when asked about the Victorian batting order.
"I think probably batting below the wicketkeeper is also a bit painful as well. I think the wicketkeeper should be batting at seven unless you're trying to squeeze an extra bowler into your line-up.
"I've been just trying to bat wherever I can and trying to make as many runs as I can. I got a hundred from No.8 for Victoria so there is always opportunities to get runs wherever you are in the order but the way the Vics have been going you're generally coming in trying to set a total up or trying to win the game with not many runs to get."
When asked why Wade was above him in the order, Maxwell simply replied: "I think because he's captain and he chooses the batting order. That's my view on it."
Despite not being selected for the opening series of the summer Maxwell isn't disheartened, but he was a little disappointed when he found out he was missing out.
"To not get picked was a little bit disappointing," Maxwell said.
"But as I said there are plenty of Tests on the radar. They've made it quite clear the direction they're going to try and go.
"In saying that they picked an absolute gem in Pete Handscomb and he played absolutely beautifully. Unfortunately for Maddo he came out at probably the toughest time to bat which was against (Kagiso) Rabada bowling 145kmh and above under lights and swinging the ball. I felt a bit stiff for Maddo at that stage, and to only get one hit in your first Test match, hopefully he gets another chance.
"I'm looking more to the India series (in February) now having missed the boat for this Australian home summer. Whether that comes from white-ball cricket or any sort of cricket I'm playing, whether (the selectors) come down and watch me at Fitzroy-Doncaster and see how I'm going in club cricket it doesn't matter."