Australia’s selection chairman Rod Marsh has issued a blunt message to axed one-day allrounder Glenn Maxwell – if you can show us you’re capable of consistently making runs and taking wickets there is a place for you in our best white ball XI. Maxwell, Australian cricket’s reigning ODI Player of the Year, was the headline omission from the 15-man squad named today for the five one-day internationals that will follow the current three-Test series as part of the Qantas Tour of Sri Lanka.
Australia ODI squad for the Qantas Tour of Sri Lanka: Steve Smith (c), David Warner (vc), George Bailey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa “Obviously I’m disappointed to miss out on the squad but I’ve had some good chats to (selectors) Rod (Marsh) and Trevor (Hohns),” Maxwell told cricket.com.au. “I got some really honest feedback which was good to hear but there are also things I need to work on. “It is hard; I’m going to be watching on TV and seeing Australia play in coloured clothing and I’m not going to be there, but it’s one of those things where it’ll probably only drive me to train harder and make sure I’m there for the next tour. “There’s plenty of positives. Lots of players miss out on squads and get dropped at different times, and you see their character shine through – I’m hoping I can show mine and get back in that squad and show that I deserve to be there.”
The 27-year-old will instead spend the next few weeks searching for form with the Australia A team in its current series of four-day matches against A teams from South Africa and India as well as a quadrangular limited-overs tournament that will also feature the National Performance Squad. A quest that began poorly yesterday when Maxwell, added to the Australia A team a day earlier after left-arm spinner Jon Holland was drafted into the Test squad as a replacement for injured Steve O’Keefe, was dismissed for a duck by uncapped South Africa A seamer Sisanda Magala, though his caught-and-bowled effort on day two of the ‘A’ contest in Brisbane was a rather spectacular consolation.
Since scoring 96 from 83 balls to steer Australia to victory over India in an ODI at the MCG last January, Maxwell has compiled just 59 runs from 54 balls faced in seven innings (including one unbeaten) at an average of 9.83. He was dropped from the starting XI during the recent ODI tri-series featuring the West Indies and South Africa in the Caribbean, but returned to the team to steer Australia home with an unbeaten 46 in the penultimate game to earn them a place in the final. (cricket.com.au)