Australia named a 14-man squad for the Gillette ODI Series today with plenty of shocks and surprises.
The return of Chris Lynn just three games into his cricket comeback and the inclusion of uncapped Western Australia pair Jhye Richardson and Andrew Tye were the bolters in the group, while the omission of Victorian allrounder Glenn Maxwell was perhaps the most controversial decision.
Below are five players who could find themselves unlucky for missing out on the five-match series against England, starting with Maxwell.
The 29-year-old is in career-best form having amassed 590 runs in five JLT Sheffield Shield matches this summer. But as national selector Trevor Hohns pointed out in the squad selection statement, Maxwell has averaged just 22 in his past 20 matches in the format. Captain Steve Smith told reporters he thinks Maxwell can be “smarter” with the way he trains and wants to see him post consistent scores as he fights his way back into the side ahead of the 2019 World Cup.
Richardson was called up for the five-match ODI tour of India as a replacement for the injured Josh Hazlewood. He played three matches in the subcontinent and collected seven wickets bowling first change on batsman-friendly wickets. International commitments restricted him to playing just two matches in the JLT One-Day Cup for South Australia and appears to have been leapfrogged by Tye and his namesake in the ODI bowling ranks.
Wade was the incumbent ODI wicketkeeper but was dropped during the India ODI tour last September. In three knocks in the JLT ODC for Tasmania, he posted 123 runs at 41 as the Tigers finished sixth with two wins from six matches. Twelve months ago Wade hit a maiden ODI century in Brisbane but in the time since he’s lost the position as Australia’s gloveman in all three formats to state teammate Tim Paine.
Handscomb was in Australia’s ODI XI in the subcontinent in September and played as wicketkeeper when Wade was dropped. Having lost his place in the Test team to Mitchell Marsh, the 26-year-old returned to the KFC Big Bash League with Melbourne Stars as the side’s gloveman. He said after the Stars’ loss in Perth, where he kept wickets, that he wanted to play in Australia’s limited-overs teams as a wicketkeeper-batsman, but the selectors have gone with Paine.
Marsh was the leading run-scorer in the JLT ODC with 412 runs at 82, which included one century and three fifties in Western Australia’s run to the title. He’s been Australia’s most reliable batsman in the Magellan Ashes behind Steve Smith but hasn’t been in the ODI side since February last year in New Zealand. At 34, and with Australia’s selectors looking ahead to the World Cup in England and Wales in 17 months’ time, Marsh’s time in the 50-over side might be up, but there is perhaps only one batsman in the country in better form than the left-hander.
Australia squad for Gillette ODI series against England: 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
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Magellan Ashes Series
Australia Test squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner (vc), Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine (wk), Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, Jackson Bird, Ashton Agar.
England Test squad: Joe Root (c), James Anderson (vc), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Gary Ballance, Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Mason Crane, Tom Curran, Ben Foakes, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ben Stokes, Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Chris Woakes.
First Test Australia won by 10 wickets. Scorecard
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Gillette ODI Series v England
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