Glenn Maxwell to join two debutants in Australian ODI side against Pakistan

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    The Australian XI to face Pakistan at the Gabba on Friday will feature two new faces, with Chris Lynn and Billy Stanlake to make their One Day International debuts.

    Lynn and Stanlake have been rewarded for their form in the Big Bash League while in-form Test batsman Usman Khawaja and 2016 ODI leading wicket-taker Adam Zampa have missed out on the side.

    Victorian Glenn Maxwell returns to the XI after missing 13 straight ODIs and will bat at six in a strong Australian line-up.

    Chris Lynn will come in at number four, and coach Darren Lehmann will be hoping he brings some of his trademark big hitting from the Big Bash to the Aussie side. Fellow batsman Travis Head said the totals Australia could score with Lynn in the side could be “scary.”

    In something of a surprise, David Warner will be partnered by Head at the top of the order, with the South Australian skipper taking the place of the recently-dropped Aaron Finch, who was left out of the squad alongside former captain George Bailey.

    Standing at a whopping 204cm, Stanlake will become Australia’s tallest ever international cricketer. He surpasses previous joint record-holders Brett Dorey, Bruce Reid and Peter George by a solitary centimetre.

    Stanlake, whose pace and bounce has attracted plenty of praise during the Big Bash, will be joined by Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and all-rounder James Faulkner in a four-man pace attack. Josh Hazlewood, who was recently named the best pace bowler in Test cricket by the ICC, has been rested for the first ODI after a heavily workload during the first part if the summer.

    Hazlewood will rejoin the squad for the second ODI in Melbourne.

    Australia: David Warner, Travis Head, Steve Smith (c), Chris Lynn, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade, James Faulkner, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Billy Stanlake

    The first match of the five-game ODI series will get underway at 2:20pm (AEDT) at the Gabba on Friday, and The Roar will have you covered for all your live score, commentary and highlight needs.

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    • Editor

      January 12th 2017 @ 1:20pm
      Patrick Effeney said | January 12th 2017 @ 1:20pm | ! Report

      I like the look of Stanlake. I watched him play for the Strikers live at Adelaide Oval, and batsman looked terrified facing him.

      Looks quicker, or at least more intimidating, in person, than the speed gun says. And he’s still bowling 140+.

      • Roar Guru

        January 12th 2017 @ 1:41pm
        Scott Pryde said | January 12th 2017 @ 1:41pm | ! Report

        Watched a fair bit of him in the Matador Cup for Queensland this year – wasn’t overly impressed with him. Did a good job and took 4 wickets I think it was against WA, but went at well over 5 and over on most days and didn’t look all that threatening.

        He has done a much better job in the BBL though – real strike weapon for the Strikers thus far. Bowls good pace and seems pretty accurate. Going to be interesting to see how he goes.

        • January 12th 2017 @ 5:37pm
          Nudge said | January 12th 2017 @ 5:37pm | ! Report

          G’day Scott, Stanlake hasn’t played domestic one day cricket since 2015 so I think you have him mixed up with someone else.

          • Roar Guru

            January 12th 2017 @ 11:52pm
            Scott Pryde said | January 12th 2017 @ 11:52pm | ! Report

            Hi Nudge,

            Can only think I remembered him from 2015 in that case.

            • January 13th 2017 @ 9:12am
              Jake said | January 13th 2017 @ 9:12am | ! Report

              Sounds more like you’re making it up to be honest…

              • Roar Guru

                January 13th 2017 @ 10:19pm
                Scott Pryde said | January 13th 2017 @ 10:19pm | ! Report

                Making it up ya reckon. Righto.

        • January 12th 2017 @ 10:09pm
          Egbirt said | January 12th 2017 @ 10:09pm | ! Report

          Um I wouldn’t have thought 5 an over was too bad in One Day cricket?

    • January 12th 2017 @ 1:30pm
      Mike Dugg said | January 12th 2017 @ 1:30pm | ! Report

      Has Head ever even opened before? It all sounds ridiculous to me. Ussie averages in the high 40s in domestic one dayers. All he needs is a good run there

      • Roar Guru

        January 12th 2017 @ 1:48pm
        Scott Pryde said | January 12th 2017 @ 1:48pm | ! Report

        Just copying this comment from one I left on my preview when asked a similar question.

        In one day cricket he often does for South Australia. Only played one game there this year, but opened every time last year with a double century to his name as well.

        Can’t say he does in the BBL though. This year he has batted at 3 or 4 in every match – hasn’t scored many runs either.

        Career wise in the BBL he has opened once out of 24 innings.

      • January 12th 2017 @ 2:10pm
        jameswm said | January 12th 2017 @ 2:10pm | ! Report

        What could be the explanation for Head opening?

        “We decided we really needed the 8th bowling option”

        We thought that given Head has never opened in ODIs, and that Khawaja has done well at 3 in test cricket and opening in Matador Cup, that Head is more likely to do well at the top of the order”

        “We think Head is pure class, Khawaja will have to work his way in”.

        “We don’t like dropping people”.

        • Columnist

          January 12th 2017 @ 2:44pm
          Ronan O'Connell said | January 12th 2017 @ 2:44pm | ! Report

          Yeah I’d definitely open with Khawaja over Head. Although, to be fair, Head did hit 202 from just 120 balls opening against WA in the Matador Cup last year.

          And that was against a seriously good WA attack – Behrendorff, Paris, M.Marsh, Tye, Agar, Mackin.

        • January 12th 2017 @ 2:54pm
          Pope Paul VII said | January 12th 2017 @ 2:54pm | ! Report

          lol – I like the 8th bowling option.

          Is a bit weird though. Khawaja sat out while Finchy and Bails faded. I woulda thought he needs as much hard comp as possible leading up to India.

          • January 12th 2017 @ 2:57pm
            jameswm said | January 12th 2017 @ 2:57pm | ! Report

            Khawaja is the no brainer option for Finch’s opening slot. Khawaja and Warner followed by Smith, Easy. Then the questions start until no.8-9 when it becomes easy again.

      • Roar Guru

        January 12th 2017 @ 4:11pm
        Ryan H said | January 12th 2017 @ 4:11pm | ! Report

        True; but didn’t he make a double-century opening for the Redbacks in the 2015 Matador Cup? Or was that from number 3?

        Edit: just saw Ronan’s comment

    • Roar Guru

      January 12th 2017 @ 1:43pm
      Scott Pryde said | January 12th 2017 @ 1:43pm | ! Report

      Head to open ahead of Khawaja is a big call. Lynn in the middle order as well – thought he had to be opening or at three to get himself in before the Pakistan spinners come on – something Lynn has a weakness with.

      Interesting to see four quicks as well. Pressure on for Maxwell with the ball I guess. I understand the Gabba has a bit of a ‘paceman’s paradise’ sort of ideal, but the spinners go very well there. Warnie loved the Gabba and Zampa has been quoted saying he always takes wickets there. Bit of a head scratcher to leave him out.

      Also think they have the order of resting players wrong. This was the match to rest Starc from – not Hazlewood. The Gabba tends to reward consistent line & length bowlers and as we all know, Hazlewood is probably the closest thing we have had to it since McGrath.

    • January 12th 2017 @ 1:45pm
      jamesb said | January 12th 2017 @ 1:45pm | ! Report

      Looking forward to seeing Glenn Maxwell and Matthew Wade in the same side. Will Wade say “Niiiccee Maxiiii”? Or will Wade bat ahead of Maxwell?

      • January 12th 2017 @ 2:12pm
        jameswm said | January 12th 2017 @ 2:12pm | ! Report

        The side listed has Maxwell ahead of Wade. I guess it all changes when Wade is not skipper and picking the order.

        Maybe Wade thinks he should bat ahead of Lynn, to get his no.4 spot back.

        • January 12th 2017 @ 2:51pm
          Adrian said | January 12th 2017 @ 2:51pm | ! Report

          +1 (like)

    • January 12th 2017 @ 1:51pm
      Matthew H said | January 12th 2017 @ 1:51pm | ! Report

      Well, this could go either way. Selectors have been idiotic IMO but will claim credit if AUS beat a ‘may as well be already on the plane home’ Pakistan. What is for sure is that if any Aus team lose to this PAK team… at all… on our home decks then there should be hell to pay.

    • January 12th 2017 @ 2:32pm
      BurgyGreen said | January 12th 2017 @ 2:32pm | ! Report

      I can’t imagine that the selectors feel that the best XI has Khawaja on the bench with Travis Head opening.

      The only explanation I can think of for leaving out Khawaja is that this is a bat-off between Maxwell and Head to play at 6 in India, with Head being the frontrunner.

      • January 12th 2017 @ 2:51pm
        Adrian said | January 12th 2017 @ 2:51pm | ! Report

        I hope not!

        • January 12th 2017 @ 2:52pm
          BurgyGreen said | January 12th 2017 @ 2:52pm | ! Report

          I wouldn’t put it past them.

          Actually I’d prefer that to the idea of them actually believing that Head is better than Khawaja.

          • January 12th 2017 @ 2:58pm
            jameswm said | January 12th 2017 @ 2:58pm | ! Report

            If they really think Head is likely to do better than Khawaja opening in ODIs long term, then we really need new selectors.

            • January 12th 2017 @ 4:54pm
              dan ced said | January 12th 2017 @ 4:54pm | ! Report

              Head has never opened ODI’s, he might be successful. Khawaja has and has been dropped multiple times, if I recall correctly. I know he’s in shit hot form Koala.. but I don’t see an issue giving a recent performer in ODI’s an earlier bat.

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