Glenn Maxwell axed, Chris Lynn included for England ODIs

Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell

Australian selectors have sidelined Glenn Maxwell for the ODI series against England to be followed by the Ashes series. Chris Lynn, who has been in an outstanding form in the Big Bash League has been recalled in the team alongside Jhye Richardson and Andrew Tye.

Glenn Maxwell despite showing good form in the longer format of the game, has been going through a rough phase in ODI cricket. He last scored a fifty in ODIs against Pakistan about 12 months ago. He was also dropped from the ODI series against India last year.

The selectors have stated that they still consider Maxwell for selection in the future but at the moment, they have decided to give Lynn a chance who has returned after the shoulder injury.

“No-one is in any doubt about Glenn’s ability or his potential to produce match-winning contributions with the bat. What we have wanted from him is more consistency but in his past 20 matches in this format he has averaged 22 and we need more than that from a player in the side’s batting engine room,” National selector Hohns said as quoted by Cricbuzz.

“Glenn is still absolutely in our thoughts but for this series we have decided to look again at Chris Lynn, who is now back playing once more after the shoulder injury that hampered him when we picked him against Pakistan in this format 12 months ago. He has been one of the most feared players at domestic level in limited-overs cricket in the past couple of years and we want to see if he can convert that domestic form to the international stage,” he added.

Tim Paine has replaced Matthew Wade as the wicketkeeper in the ODI side as well after he was picked ahead in the Ashes as well as the T20I side. With the ODI World Cup just over a year away, the selectors have started to lay the foundation of the settled side.

“Tim forced his way into the Twenty20 International squad last summer, and after coming back into the Test squad at the beginning of the Ashes series he has made a terrific contribution with bat and gloves,” Hohns said. “He deserves his opportunity in this form of the game and the challenge for Matthew (Wade) is to return to the type of form that saw him score a one-day international hundred against Pakistan last summer.”

Australia’s squad for England ODIs

Steve Smith (c), David Warner, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Chris Lynn, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa

Fixtures for the ODI series

1st ODI, January 14 in Melbourne

2nd ODI, January 19 in Brisbane

3rd ODI, January 21 in Sydney

4th ODI, January 26 in Adelaide

5th ODI, January 28 in Perth


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