Gillette ODI Series 2018

Maxwell called in to Aussie squad

Victorian to fly to Adelaide as cover after Aaron Finch was ruled out due to injury

Martin Smith

25 January 2018, 01:34 PM

Glenn Maxwell has been called into Australia's squad as batting cover after Aaron Finch was ruled out of the fourth Gillette ODI due to a minor hamstring injury.

Maxwell has been added to the squad as cover only and is unlikely to play in the match on Friday, but will fly to Adelaide tonight ahead of the Australia Day clash.

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At this stage, Maxwell remains available for Melbourne Stars' final match of the KFC BBL season at the MCG on Saturday.

Finch will be assessed ahead of the fifth ODI in Perth on Sunday.

Maxwell had been a shock omission from Australia's squad for the series, with his non-selection followed by a comment from skipper Steve Smith that the Victorian needed to 'train smarter' in order to improve his one-day cricket.

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While the right-hander's ODI form had dwindled in recent games, he's been in good form both for Victoria in the JLT Sheffield Shield and with the Stars in the BBL.

"I was extremely disappointed not to be in that one day side, but I completely understood the reasoning from (selectors) Trevor Hohns that my last 20 ODIs haven’t been good enough," Maxwell told cricket.com.au earlier this month.

"That was the phone call I received. You can't really say too much to that.

"I'm sure there's other stats that probably say that maybe I was a little bit stiff, but there's stats that say it was my time to be left out.

"I can't do too much about it now."

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Maxwell had been dropped on the recent one-day tour of India after an extended run drought, where he'd scored just two half-centuries from 18 innings.

Speaking earlier this week, he said he didn't get the chance in that series to display the confidence and maturity he gained from his breakthrough Test century in India earlier in the year.

"I feel like I've changed a little bit over the last period of time, where I'm able to work my way through situations instead of 'Go ahead and blast it'," he said.

"Looking back at the India ODIs (last September) I didn't have the chance to show that.

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"The first (rain-reduced) game turned out to be a T20 and I came in and we needed 13 an over.

"The game before I got dropped I was sent in with six overs to go. It wasn't exactly time to rebuild and work through an innings.

"I feel confident about my game at the moment. I'm hitting the ball well, I'm working my way through situations a lot better and I'm picking my areas a lot smarter."

Having been dropped from the Test side ahead of the Magellan Ashes, Maxwell was this week overlooked for the Qantas Test Tour of South Africa and instead picked in the T20 side for next month's tri-series against England and New Zealand.

Finch's absence for the match in Adelaide will likely lead to the return to the XI of South Australian Travis Head, who was dropped for the third game in Sydney.

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Head and David Warner shared a record-breaking opening stand in the Australia Day clash last year and could resume that partnership exactly 12 months later.

The form of Finch has been a rare bright spot for the Australians in what has been a horror series so far, with England holding an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

The right-hander scored centuries in each of the first two games and top-scored again in Sunday's loss in Sydney.

2017-18 International Fixtures

Gillette ODI Series v England

Australia ODI squad: 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.

England ODI squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

First ODI England won by five wickets at the MCG

Second ODI England won by four wickets at the Gabba

Third ODI England won by 16 runs at the SCG

Fourth ODI Adelaide Oval, January 26. Tickets

Fifth ODI Perth Stadium, January 28. Tickets

Prime Minister's XI

PM's XI v England Manuka Oval, February 2. Tickets

Gillette T20 trans-Tasman Tri-Series

Australia T20 squad: David Warner (c), Aaron Finch (vc), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Ben Dwarshuis, Travis Head, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, D'Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa.

England T20 squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, David Willey, Mark Wood.

First T20I Australia v NZ, SCG, February 3. Tickets

Second T20I Australia v England, Blundstone Arena, February 7. Tickets

Third T20I Australia v England, MCG, February 10. Tickets

Fourth T20I NZ v England, Wellington, February 14

Fifth T20I NZ v Australia, Eden Park, February 16

Sixth T20I NZ v England, Seddon Park, February 18

Final TBC, Eden Park, February 21