Australia’s selection chairman Rod Marsh has announced ODI squad for Sri Lanka tour with the notable omission of Glenn Maxwell as Marsh clearly had a message for the allrounder.
“If you want to play cricket for Australia, you should be consistent,” Marsh said today.
“If you are a batsman, you should get consistent runs. If you are a bowler, you should get consistent wickets, or bowl well. Glenn has too many games where he doesn’t contribute with the bat.
“He is averaging less than 10 runs in Australia’s last 10 one-day internationals so the numbers speak for themselves. As far as I am concerned, he has had a lot of chances. It got to that stage – we couldn’t go on any longer.
“He is a hell of a good fieldsman, as we know, he is a handy bowler, and, at his best, he is one of our first picked in a one-day team. But if he is not making runs, then we have got to find a solution to it.
However, Marsh has given a chance for the young Glenn Maxwell to make his way back to the national team as he is going to be featuring in Australia A team in the coming days.
“The solution we have come up with is to put him back a step or two and see if he can get some runs there (for the Australia A team) on a consistent basis.
“When you have got as much talent as that, you should be able to play all forms.”
Maxwell, who has managed only 57 runs in 54 balls in his last seven innings at an average of less than 10, feels that he is disappointed to miss out. However, the reigning Australia’s ODI player of the year is keen to work on and get back to the national team soon.
“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.”
Australia ODI squad for Sri Lanka tour: 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