Aaron Finch, who leads the Australian team in the limited-overs format of the sport believes that Maxwell will make a comeback in the ODI squad soon. The all-rounder was omitted from the squad for the series against India in January where the Aussies will play three matches against the Men in Blue. This comes after Maxwell took a break from international cricket citing mental health concerns. He had received widespread public support in his decision which was lauded by fellow professionals.
He will be back to playing cricket for the Melbourne Stars as they take on Brisbane Heat.
Maxwell’s form in the 2019 ICC World Cup was a cause of concern where the all-rounder looked sluggish and inconsistent.
“He’ll be disappointed, like everyone who missed out is but at the end of the day he just hasn’t got the runs required of a top-order player in one-day cricket recently,” Finch said on Wednesday (December 18). “No doubt he’ll be back. He’s a gun. A three-dimensional player that can have such a huge impact. It’s just a matter of time, he’ll get some runs and be right back up there in the frame again.”
Australian selectors have also backed the decision of going with Ashton Agar over Nathan Lyon and skipper Aaron Finch, who leads the Australian team in the limited-overs format of the sport believes that Maxwell will make a comeback in the ODI squad soon. agrees with this since he thinks Ashton Agar could prove to be more useful given the conditions in the Indian subcontinent.
“(Lyon) can still play a future part. We saw the way he bowled in the World Cup when he got his opportunity,” Finch said. “Just probably a change in our approach to the spinning allrounder in Agar as opposed to the medium pace all-rounder, that’s probably where someone had to drop out and unfortunately that was Nath. At the end of the day, it still comes down to picking the best side to win. Probably a slightly different structure to how we did it last time but still very happy with how it looks.”
Players like Shaun Marsh, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Nathan Lyon, who were included in the squad for the World Cup in England were also left out this time and Jason Behrendorff has been omitted because of his injury. MarnusLabsuchagne who has been on good form recently is expected to make his ODI debut for Australia while Sean Abbott, Josh Hazlewood, and Ashton Turner were also included in the squad.
“If you look at the squad we had in India and the UAE before the World cup it (the January touring party) is not too dissimilar to that,” Finch said. “The addition of Ashton Agar as an allrounder as opposed to a medium pace allrounder (is the change). It’s going in the direction we want to go over the next 3.5 years to the next (50-over) World Cup. And while you don’t look that far ahead right now, still have one eye on the planning towards it and build towards there.”
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