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Australia drop Glenn Maxwell for Sri Lanka ODI series

Glenn Maxwell's inconsistency with the bat has cost him a place in the ODI squad.
Glenn Maxwell's inconsistency with the bat has cost him a place in the ODI squad.
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Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has been dropped from the One-Day International squad to face Sri Lanka after a string of poor scores with the bat.

Maxwell, who averages 11.80 in his last 10 ODIs, was earlier dropped from the playing XI on many occasions but this is the first time he has been dropped from the squad.

The Australian chairman of selectors Rod Marsh indicated that Maxwell's inconsistent record with the bat is the main reason behind leaving him out of the 15-man squad.

Marsh further added that the selectors have given enough chances to Maxwell and can no longer keep him in the squad without consistent results.

"If you want to play cricket for Australia, you should be consistent.

"If you are batsman, you should get consistent runs.

"If you are a bowler, you should get consistent wickets, or bowl well.

"As far as I am concerned, he has had a lot of chances.

"It got to that stage - we couldn't go on any longer.

"Glenn has too many games where he doesn't contribute with the bat.

"He is a hell of a good fieldsman, as we know, he is handy bowler, and, at his best, he is one of our first picked in a one-day team.

"But if he is not making runs, then we have got to find a solution to it."

Marsh believes that dropping Maxwell from the limited overs squad will allow him to go back to the domestic circuit and rediscover his form.

"The solution we have come up with is to put him back a step or two and see if he can get some runs there on a consistent basis.

"When you have got as much talent as that, you should be able to play all forms.

"He took it as well as what could be expected.

"No one likes being dropped but he understood the reasons and he also understands what he's got to do."

Meanwhile, Shaun Marsh, who missed the ODI Tri-Series in West Indies due to the birth of his first child has returned to the squad in place of Travis Head.

New South Wales all-rounder Moises Henriques has also been added to the squad and he is likely to take the place of Maxwell.

Apart from the exclusion of Maxwell and Head, the other player to be dropped from the squad is fast bowler Scott Boland.

With the pitches expected to spin in Sri Lanka, the selectors have decided to include both Nathan Lyon and Adam Zampa in the squad.

Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Coulter-Nile are the front line pace bowling options while Henriques, James Faulkner and Mitchell Marsh will be the seam bowling all-rounders.

The batting line up retains the same core players who took part in the West Indies tri-series.

The five-match ODI series between Sri Lanka and Australia will get underway on 21st August with the first match at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

Australia ODI Squad:

Steven Smith (capt), David Warner, George Bailey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Usman Khawaja, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa

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