Glenn Maxwell misses out again as selectors go for left-field ODI replacement for Chris Lynn

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    Glenn Maxwell has once again been overlooked for Australian selection, with veteran batsman Cameron White earning a surprise recall to the one-day squad for the upcoming ODI series against England.

    Maxwell was a surprise omission from the initial one-day squad, with big-hitting batsman Chris Lynn picked ahead of the Victorian all-rounder. However, with Lynn picking up an injury which will see him miss the series against England, many had assumed Maxwell would earn a belated selection.

    That, however, has proved not to be the case, the selectors instead opting for Cameron White.

    White hasn’t played a one-dayer for Australia since 2015, but has been in excellent form for the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash. Batting at first drop, White is the tournament’s second-leading run-scorer, behind only D’Arcy Short, with 285 runs from six matches at the absurd average of 142.5.

    The 34-year-old also scored 200 runs at 50 in the JLT Cup earlier in the season, with selectors clearly impressed by the form of the veteran.

    “He’s in very good form as his figures demonstrate, he’s playing very well,” selector Trevor Hohns said.

    “He’s one of the leading run-scorers in the KFC BBL, he’s experienced, he’s a very smart cricketer and he’s a good fielder.

    “He ticks all the boxes for what we need at this stage.”

    In addition to Maxwell, White pipped the likes of Short and in-form Scorchers batsman Ashton Turner to claim his place in the ODI squad, and is in serious contention to line up in Australia’s middle order against England.

    White’s call-up is effective immediately, meaning he won’t be available for selection for the Renegades’ upcoming Big Bash derby against the Melbourne Stars. White had been set to lead the Renegades with regular skipper Aaron Finch out on international duty, but the captaincy will now be handed to veteran Brad Hodge.

    White had been asked about his chances of getting back in the Australian side just last month, responding that he thought it unlikely.

    “I think if I was going to get picked I probably would have been picked in the past couple of years, I would have thought, with my white-ball form,” he said at the time.

    “There’s always hope but I don’t think so.”

    Australia’s first game of the series against England is scheduled for this Sunday, January 14.

    Australia ODI squad for series vs England
    Steve Smith (c), David Warner (vc), Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Cameron White, Adam Zampa.

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    • Roar Guru

      January 11th 2018 @ 2:27pm
      Ryan H said | January 11th 2018 @ 2:27pm | ! Report

      Anyone BUT Maxwell it would appear, but rapt for White regardless; he will perform I think, and is in very good touch at the moment. Has powered runs in the domestic OD cup for a few seasons now.

    • Roar Rookie

      January 11th 2018 @ 2:27pm
      josh said | January 11th 2018 @ 2:27pm | ! Report


    • January 11th 2018 @ 2:37pm
      Mark b said | January 11th 2018 @ 2:37pm | ! Report

      another glenn maxwell omision…..

      sounds like a repeat of what the selectors did with stuart clark.

      a player that is a match winner, in form, definitely within the top 11 players, but has rubbed someone up the wrong way and is condemmed not to play….

      shame shame selectors. you are again robbing the australian public of seeing one of its favourite and most talented players…!

    • January 11th 2018 @ 2:38pm
      Perry Bridge said | January 11th 2018 @ 2:38pm | ! Report

      Very glad for the Bear – from Bairnsdale. I still maintain he would’ve been a good option a #6 in the India/Bangladesh tours.

      The irony is that he has stayed loyal to the Australian/domestic system – unlike the real left field prior selection which was Chris Lynn – who back in August had passed on the QLD contract to join the T20 circuit.

      Just why Lynn was ever selected in the first instance (with a bung shoulder such that he couldn’t be relied upon in the field) is the really astounding thing here.

      Maxwell though – ICC WC World team to not in the best 15? ODI players. Something’s not gone right there – the odd thing is that the accusations about him made just recently seem to be about 18-24 months out of date.

      Anyway – right now who could blame G.Maxwell were he to do a Lynn and join the T20 circuit??

      Australian selectors have to work out quite seriously about who they reward and what behaviours they are encouraging because there are some really, really mixed messages. Yep – they’ve seemingly nailed a couple in the test series – perhaps that vindicates everything?

      • January 11th 2018 @ 4:54pm
        Kangajets said | January 11th 2018 @ 4:54pm | ! Report

        Australian cricket has been an old boys club since chappel lilllee and marsh

      • January 11th 2018 @ 6:14pm
        Dan said | January 11th 2018 @ 6:14pm | ! Report

        Lynn was injured during domestic comp and given his injury record of course he would chase big money in T20s. It does seem strange to pick White but likely Stoinulis will bat 6 and Marsh 5.

    • Editor

      January 11th 2018 @ 2:43pm
      Benjamin Conkey said | January 11th 2018 @ 2:43pm | ! Report

      Yes Cameron White has been in good form but with the Maxwell snub it would have been nice to blood a new player with the World Cup on the horizon.

      D’arcy Short is seven years younger and has more than matched White.

      Experience doesn’t mean as much when you haven’t played an ODI for three years.

      • Columnist

        January 11th 2018 @ 4:24pm
        Ronan O'Connell said | January 11th 2018 @ 4:24pm | ! Report

        My thoughts exactly Ben, White will be pushing 36yo by the time of the next World Cup, seems doubtful he’ll still be in the ODI set up by then, so why play him now when they could have got some game time into a younger player?

        White has been brilliant for years now in the domestic one dayers but if they were going to pick him it should have been 2-3 years ago.

      • January 11th 2018 @ 5:14pm
        Rob said | January 11th 2018 @ 5:14pm | ! Report

        I thought Hohns had said Cameron White wasn’t in Australias plans going ahead a while back. I fully expected D’arcy Short and would have been shocked to see Maxwell in a side with Smithy as captain. I didn’t think Turner would get a start as Smith doesn’t feel comfortable with spin.
        Lyn in commentry against the Hurricans mentioned Maxwell as someone people could look up (coaching on his App)? I notice Maxi post something about D’arcy Short going well. I’m getting a feeling there’s a division within the philosophies between cricketer playing the different formats. Some like to have fun, entertain and enjoy themselves whilst others are ultra competitive, totally driven by successs and stats. They definetly don’t mix. Maybe Lyn doesn’t feel comfortable in that enviroment so he felt he needed to sit out?
        Goerge Bailey’s(win at an price) appeal for interferience upset McCallum (just loves playing the game).

        • January 12th 2018 @ 8:20am
          jammel said | January 12th 2018 @ 8:20am | ! Report

          I like the White selection – he is in good form now, and can play responsibly if required to recover an innings. Form should be rewarded.

          That’s what Maxwell needs to be able to do to make his way back into the ODI fold – play some responsible innings. That – and sheer weight of runs – is the way back!

          Note the points about preparing for the next World Cup though…..

          Darcy Short is a must for the Australian T20 team this summer!

          Personally, though, for the ODIs I would have gone UTK or SMarsh before White.

          • January 12th 2018 @ 12:55pm
            Rob said | January 12th 2018 @ 12:55pm | ! Report

            White doesn’t look out of place in the ODI team. He form with the bat in that format is very solid and he has a good set of hands.
            The thing I’ve always liked about Maxwell is his ability to do well when others are struggling. He can switch on and totally turn a game that others can’t. Maxi has stood up under pressure in all forms of Cricket at every level. The 2015 WC at home was huge and he was the equal of Warner and Smith. His numbers in India first time were better than Lyon, and his batting on the last tour of India was 2nd only to Smith.
            Maxwell can only keep putting the numbers up and rub it in the nose of his detractors. I hope he does.
            Smithy needs to be a bit smarter about his conduct as well at times in my opinion.

    • Roar Pro

      January 11th 2018 @ 2:44pm
      Adam Hayward said | January 11th 2018 @ 2:44pm | ! Report

      Thought they might try a like-for-like replacement for Lynn and select D. Short

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