Surprising omission as Australia name ODI squad to face England

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    Australia have named their squad for the upcoming ODI series against England on Wednesday morning, with the startling omission of all-rounder Glenn Maxwell headlining the news.

    Maxwell has been in superb form at Sheffield Shield level after being left out of the Test team, but he has been overlooked for the ODI squad as well in what is a move sure to shock a vast majority.

    The selectors have got most of their calls right this summer though, with Mitchell Marsh being selected ahead of Maxwell at six in the batting order for the Perth Test. He went on to score 181 before batting for two sessions in Melbourne to save the fourth Test alongside captain Steve Smith.

    Marsh will retain his spot for the ODI series alongside the re-called Chris Lynn, who has made his return to the Big Bash League after a shoulder injury rubbed him out of the game for the better part of a year.

    National selector Trevor Hohns said consistency was a big issue in not picking Maxwell.

    “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,” Said Hohns.

    “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.”

    Steve Smith and David Warner have both been selected despite a demanding summer schedule, as have Australia’s first choice pace attack of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins.

    It’s expected the three quicks will be given a rest at some point during the series with a tour of South Africa ahead.

    Back up in the squad will be provided by Western Australian duo Andrew Tye and Jhye Richardson, both of whom have started the Big Bash in excellent form.

    Tim Paine will wear the gloves with Matthew Wade left out of the squad, while Adam Zampa will again take the spin spot in limited overs cricket.

    Aaron Finch has been retained at the top of the order.

    Hohns said the squad was built with an eye to the upcoming Cricket World Cup in 2019.

    “With our defence of the ICC Cricket World Cup just 17 months away, we are seeking to get a squad in place that can form the basis of the line-up for that campaign and at the same time regain ground in the ODI Rankings, given we have slipped from the number one position over the past 12 months,” Said Hohns.

    “There will still be further opportunities for players to force their way into the reckoning for the squad to go to England and Wales in 2019 but the sooner we can settle on our best combination and get them playing together and in form on a regular basis then the better our chances will be of retaining the trophy we won at home in 2015.”

    Full squad for England ODI’s

    Steve Smith (c), David Warner (vc), 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 England ODI’s

    1st ODI: Sunday, January 14 at Melbourne Cricket Ground (2:20pm AEDT)
    2nd ODI: Friday, January 19 at Gabba, Brisbane (2:20pm AEDT)
    3rd ODI: Sunday, January 21 at Sydney Cricket Ground (2:20pm AEDT)
    4th ODI: Friday, January 26 at Adelaide Oval (2:20pm AEDT)
    5th ODI: Sunday, January 28 at Perth Stadium (2:20pm AEDT)

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    • Roar Guru

      January 3rd 2018 @ 12:57pm
      Paul D said | January 3rd 2018 @ 12:57pm | ! Report

      If it was Lynn v Maxwell I’d pick Lynn every time. Maxwell doesn’t bowl anyway these days, or at least Smith certainly doesn’t let him bowl. So it really is based on batting, in which case Lynn is streets ahead.

      Only concern regarding Lynn is his fielding, he looks very ginger from what I have seen in the BBL and reluctant to throw himself around. They do insist on slightly higher standards when you’re wearing the canary yellow

      • January 3rd 2018 @ 4:24pm
        Brainstrust said | January 3rd 2018 @ 4:24pm | ! Report

        Lynn’s record in one day matches is ordinary , but thats hardly the major concern with him, its his dodgy shoulder.
        why play him in one day matches when he is strongest as a power hitter and they spend a lot less time in the field in T20.
        I would even pick him in test matches over one day matches.

    • January 3rd 2018 @ 1:09pm
      Tanmoy Kar said | January 3rd 2018 @ 1:09pm | ! Report

      Very good team selection, hope this side will win the Series and improve I. C. C. Ranking. Starc and Cummins will be rested after third ODI I presume.

    • January 3rd 2018 @ 1:10pm
      Don Freo said | January 3rd 2018 @ 1:10pm | ! Report

      Surely the ommission of the highest run scorer in this year’s JLT ODD is more surprising.

      He never fails in the 50 over game.

      • January 3rd 2018 @ 2:12pm
        Matth said | January 3rd 2018 @ 2:12pm | ! Report

        Fair call. He’d have to be first back up. Problem is that the openings are at 5-6 and S Marsh (I assume that’s who you mean) is top order, up against Warner, Finch and Smith.

      • Roar Guru

        January 3rd 2018 @ 3:09pm
        Ryan H said | January 3rd 2018 @ 3:09pm | ! Report

        Crazy. Thought he’d be in for sure

      • January 3rd 2018 @ 5:34pm
        Ben Brown said | January 3rd 2018 @ 5:34pm | ! Report

        Because an average of 9.8 in Shaun Marsh’s last 5 innings really demands selection Don. Doesn’t deserve to be anywhere near the ODI team.

        • January 3rd 2018 @ 5:44pm
          Don Freo said | January 3rd 2018 @ 5:44pm | ! Report

          When were those 5 innings, Ben? An average of 9.8 is not quite correct for the last 5 innings of the man who topped the runs aggregate in the JLT.

          Do you want to try again?

          • January 3rd 2018 @ 7:46pm
            Ben Brown said | January 3rd 2018 @ 7:46pm | ! Report

            Last 5 innings at ODI level, mate. So the that average is correct. Do you want to try again, Don? I can statistically prove you wrong all night if you want, or you might try not being a braindead keyboard warrior with the same old boring WA/ Marsh agenda.

            • Roar Rookie

              January 3rd 2018 @ 8:55pm
              Matthew Pearce said | January 3rd 2018 @ 8:55pm | ! Report

              You didn’t specify that, mate. Don’t blame him for jumping on you and making what was a contextually correct statement.

              Marsh was the leading runscorer in the JLT Cup and has been one of our best batsmen all summer, there’s far more knee jerk hate towards the name Marsh around here than vice versa. Getting a little tired of it.

              • January 3rd 2018 @ 9:15pm
                riddler said | January 3rd 2018 @ 9:15pm | ! Report

                well said matt.. agree 100%..

                some very weird/strange anti sentiment goes on here against certain players.. in both cricket and rugby…

              • January 3rd 2018 @ 10:00pm
                Don Freo said | January 3rd 2018 @ 10:00pm | ! Report

                Ben is only an 18yo. Hasn’t learned how adults go about things yet.

                For Ben, old form is more telling than recent form. He’ll catch on with time.

            • January 3rd 2018 @ 9:26pm
              John Erichsen said | January 3rd 2018 @ 9:26pm | ! Report

              Seems convenient that you chose those five innings. Given that the first of the five was actually the third game in a series, surely the other two innings would be just as relevant? Oh wait, Marsh scored 71 and 62 in those two games against India. I see what you did there…

        • January 3rd 2018 @ 6:24pm
          Doctor Rotcod said | January 3rd 2018 @ 6:24pm | ! Report

          You’re talking about games against India and NZ in those five you mention.What about his average of 45.8 in the five ODIs before that,against India and England. And you conveniently don’t refer to his very recent average in the JLT Cup of 82.4. That is known as exposed form – yours and his.
          The selectors have gone for Finch,good luck with that.I’d have Maxwell before him.

          • Roar Guru

            January 3rd 2018 @ 6:56pm
            Ryan H said | January 3rd 2018 @ 6:56pm | ! Report

            Maxwell is sure very unlucky again but I can see why Finch remains in, his ODI series against India was sublime.

          • January 3rd 2018 @ 10:55pm
            Adam said | January 3rd 2018 @ 10:55pm | ! Report

            You don’t no much finch has opened with s marsh at least 30 times in odis and finch has out done him every series they play together just about love to see the stats.

            • January 4th 2018 @ 10:20am
              Don Freo said | January 4th 2018 @ 10:20am | ! Report

              I suspect you are not correct about them batting together. Warner opens. It is either Finch or Marsh. When Finch came in it has been to replace Marsh and Finch has since held on to his spot with good performances.

              • January 4th 2018 @ 10:41am
                Adam said | January 4th 2018 @ 10:41am | ! Report

                I’m correct I no they have opened together plenty of times.I’m not sure we’re Warner and Watson were but at least 20 times mate.

              • January 4th 2018 @ 11:04am
                Don Freo said | January 4th 2018 @ 11:04am | ! Report

                List their partnerships and relative scores. This would be an interesting comparison.

              • January 4th 2018 @ 11:13am
                Don Freo said | January 4th 2018 @ 11:13am | ! Report

                Just checked their ODI averages. Marsh 38…Finch 36.

                Both ok. Doesn’t seem like Finch has comprehensively “outdone” Marsh.

              • January 4th 2018 @ 1:38pm
                Adam said | January 4th 2018 @ 1:38pm | ! Report

                Here don.

                Finch 148-114 marsh 151-151
                Partnership 246
                Finch 45-45. Marsh 0-4
                Partnership 0
                Finch 0-1. Marsh 25-40
                Partnership 1
                Finch 108-111. Marsh 15-17
                Partnership 46
                Finch 7-16. Marsh 36-52
                Partnership 14
                Finch 32-32. Marsh 45-48
                Partnership 76
                Finch 71-81. Marsh 71-84
                Partnership 145
                Finch 21-23. Marsh 62-73
                Partnership 48
                Finch 56-64. Marsh 22-22
                Partnership 44

                Took some effort getting this

              • January 4th 2018 @ 1:50pm
                Adam said | January 4th 2018 @ 1:50pm | ! Report

                There is only 9 but definitely take finch.

              • January 4th 2018 @ 2:19pm
                Don Freo said | January 4th 2018 @ 2:19pm | ! Report

                Not bad…you went from 30 to 20 to 9 times they batted together.

                Marsh has the better average in ODI despite that.

              • January 4th 2018 @ 2:42pm
                Adam said | January 4th 2018 @ 2:42pm | ! Report

                There’s at least 10 more were marsh is at 3 and done nothing while finch got another 100 finch has got 5 more 100s in only 30 more matches marsh not good conversion rate,and can bowl when he has to his economy rate is under 5 and much better in the field and finch loves batting against India south Africa and England the three best teams average of around and above 45 and he loves batting in India and England shaun marsh I bet doesn’t go as good against them teams in away countries.

    • January 3rd 2018 @ 1:27pm
      Worlds Biggest said | January 3rd 2018 @ 1:27pm | ! Report

      Poor old Maxy can’t take a trick this summer, very unlucky to miss out on the squad for Ashes and now the One dayers.

      • January 3rd 2018 @ 2:52pm
        Pedro the Maroon said | January 3rd 2018 @ 2:52pm | ! Report

        Maxie’s getting the same raw deal as Joe Burns who is arguably in best nick of any Aussie batsman outside of Steve Smith. Averaging 64 in the shield this season and only 1 failure in the BBL.

      • Roar Rookie

        January 3rd 2018 @ 2:53pm
        maverick said | January 3rd 2018 @ 2:53pm | ! Report

        Maxwell scored his last half century in January last year.He was poor in India.He is not unlucky at all.

        • Roar Rookie

          January 3rd 2018 @ 4:12pm
          Matthew Pearce said | January 3rd 2018 @ 4:12pm | ! Report

          Century at Ranchi, top scored in our second innings in the last Test, and averaged 37 in the four tests he played.

          In what universe is that “poor”?

          Edit: Right, the ODIs. That’s fine, but he’s been arguably our best domestic batsman this summer and has done exactly what he was told he needed to do to get selected.

          I get that some people are incapable of getting misconceptions about players out of their heads, but seriously, this is getting ridiculous.

          • Roar Rookie

            January 3rd 2018 @ 8:55pm
            maverick said | January 3rd 2018 @ 8:55pm | ! Report

            I was talking about ODI cricket matt.Nothing to do with his test performances.Maxwell is a serious talent.But even you will agree he has underachieved in odi cricket.He has been a regular member of the odi side fr a whie now.But he hardly plays a match winning knock.I hope he finds the consistency that we all hope for

            • Roar Rookie

              January 3rd 2018 @ 8:58pm
              Matthew Pearce said | January 3rd 2018 @ 8:58pm | ! Report

              If you’d actually bothered to read my comment you’d see that I realised that after I posted and edited it thus.

              He shouldn’t have to constantly be posting match-winning totals all the time. Blame the top order who are consistently useless but seem to escape scrutiny. He’s been far from his best but he hasn’t been terrible, not when compared to most of the other players.

              • January 3rd 2018 @ 9:33pm
                John Erichsen said | January 3rd 2018 @ 9:33pm | ! Report

                The selectors are obviously wanting more than the occasional 50 and several failures from Maxwell in limited over cricket. If i were Usman Khawaja, I would be very nervous about future test selection if I didn’t make a decent score in the Sydney test.

                PS. I still believe Maxwell’s worth in the field should increase his value.

              • Roar Rookie

                January 3rd 2018 @ 9:51pm
                Matthew Pearce said | January 3rd 2018 @ 9:51pm | ! Report

                I get that, and I get that he’s not been at his best, but we’ve been getting pumped in those series. It’s on more than just him, but he seems to be the only consistent scapegoat. We’re going to continue to get failures from players in his position if the top order doesn’t pull their weight.

                Fielding absolutely should. I wouldn’t be picking Lynn at all here, let him play for QLD again first before we rush him in and bust him up again.

              • Roar Rookie

                January 4th 2018 @ 4:26am
                maverick said | January 4th 2018 @ 4:26am | ! Report

                @Matt,are you saying that aussie top order is useless?Look at the records of Warner,Finch and Smith and then look at Maxwell’s record.If you think that averaging 20 odd in last 20 matches is not terrible,then I don’t know what really terrible is.Guys like Head,Stoinis,M.Marsh have actually fared much better than Maxwell in last 12 months.Maxwell’s last 50 in odi was one year ago,enough said.

              • Roar Rookie

                January 4th 2018 @ 9:06am
                Matthew Pearce said | January 4th 2018 @ 9:06am | ! Report

                Overall records don’t mean diddly squat when we’re 4/100 like we constantly were against India and NZ an co.

                Some guys have been better, but some haven’t. Remind me how many good knocks Finch actually had in our last series? Or Warner himself?

                Either the whole group gets it or no-one does, scapegoating the easy target does nothing.

              • January 4th 2018 @ 10:24am
                Adam said | January 4th 2018 @ 10:24am | ! Report

                Matt you sound like you don’t watch much cricket maybe because you don’t have foxtel you can only watch channel 9 cricket.finch got 124,94 and 32 average of 83 that’s been mentioned pleny of times on here finch is the best choice in the country sick of people bagging him he’ll have a great series put Money he’ll at least score 220 runs.

              • Roar Rookie

                January 4th 2018 @ 10:49am
                Matthew Pearce said | January 4th 2018 @ 10:49am | ! Report

                Since his good series in India, Finch has been average in the JLT Cup and just about useless in the Shield and BBL. Along with his meh series against NZ before that. He’s hardly been in good form recently.

                He’s not the only one. Head’s been inconsistent at best this summer, Zampa has a very average ODI record of late, Tye’s had plenty of chances at international level and failed. Even Warner hasn’t been all that flash of late outside of the Tests.

                Or do you think all our losses were solely due to one player?

              • January 4th 2018 @ 1:41pm
                Adam said | January 4th 2018 @ 1:41pm | ! Report

                Them loses come down to having a 2 or 3rd string bowling attacks.

              • Roar Rookie

                January 4th 2018 @ 2:05pm
                Matthew Pearce said | January 4th 2018 @ 2:05pm | ! Report

                So when we fail to chase achievable targets, that’s the bowlers’ fault?

              • January 4th 2018 @ 2:12pm
                Adam said | January 4th 2018 @ 2:12pm | ! Report

                So who would you want to open probably burns Been there and he was terrible.

              • Roar Rookie

                January 4th 2018 @ 2:48pm
                Matthew Pearce said | January 4th 2018 @ 2:48pm | ! Report

                Where did you get that impression from? Straight to the strawmen I see.

                No, it should be Marsh. Daylight between his and Finch’s performances this summer.

    • January 3rd 2018 @ 1:44pm
      Mattyb said | January 3rd 2018 @ 1:44pm | ! Report

      Pretty hard to argue with the selectors as they continue to get it right.
      Maxwells a good bat but so are all the players that have been selected,Shaun Marsh missing out is more of a surprise than Maxwell though. I’ll continue to enjoy the actual cricket and support and get behind those actually in the side rather than worrying about those left out.
      The selectors have an excellent handle on what’s going on in Australian cricket and I’ll enjoy watching those who have missed selection in the always entertaining BBL.

    • January 3rd 2018 @ 1:46pm
      Mike said | January 3rd 2018 @ 1:46pm | ! Report

      I do not believe Poor Old Maxy is unlucky, if he would leave his big head in a cupboard at home, and train as hard as others do he may get a look in

      • January 3rd 2018 @ 3:11pm
        Bail said | January 3rd 2018 @ 3:11pm | ! Report

        I’ll have to take your word for it, as you speak in such a matter-of-fact manner that you must know him personally.

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