Ponting, a close confidant of Maxwell, whom he has trained in both the Indian Premier League and limited national teams this year, says that the Victoriano has been disadvantaged by not having had the opportunity to impress the coaches in the Turn to.
"If I were Maxi (Glenn Maxwell) I'd be thinking, why did not you give me the opportunity to go there (to India) and push my case to get in the team?" Ponting was quoted as saying cricket.com.au.
"That's a bit strange for me, if I was Maxi and they would not have given me the opportunity to play for Australia A, it would be easy," added Ponting.
Ponting, who has trained Maxwell in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the limited national team, said that Maxwell's omission is confusing to him.
"They did not pick him on that Australia A tour and they said they had seen him play enough in those conditions and they knew what he could do, but if you think about it now, that must have meant they really were not." "I'm not going to take the calculations for the test tour," Ponting added.
"I'm not sure what the message is, but it's a bit confusing for me," Ponting said.
Meanwhile, coach Justin Langer mentioned that Maxwell needed consistent performance to be in the fight.
"I would love to see Maxy score more and we have talked a lot about the art of concentration and looking at the ball like a hawk," he said.
"If you do it more regularly, you'll win more hundreds and you'll be much more eligible for the test cricket."
Australia: Tim Paine (capt), Ashton Agar, Brendan Doggett, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Jon Holland, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Michael Neser, Matthew Renshaw, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc.