AFPSydney, New South Wales, AustraliaJan 03, 2018, 05.25 AM
Glenn Maxwell and Matthew Wade were axed from Australia's squad on Wednesday for the one-day international (ODI) series against England which is starting from January 14.
Squad: Steve Smith (capt), David Warner, Patrick Cummins, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Chris Lynn, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa.
Chief selector Trevor Hohns said ODI specialist Maxwell was omitted over consistency concerns, while Tim Paine takes the wicketkeeping gloves from Wade following his outstanding form in the Ashes Test series.
"No one is in any doubt about Glenn's ability or his potential to produce match-winning contributions with the bat," Hohns said.
He added that Maxwell was "still absolutely in our thoughts" but they opted for Lynn who is now back playing after a shoulder injury hampered him when he was picked against Pakistan 12 months ago.
"What we have wanted from him is more consistency but in his past 20 matches in this format, he has averaged 22 and we need more than that from a player in the side’s batting engine room."
Hohns said Tim Paine had seized his opportunity behind the stumps during the Ashes after being preferred to Wade.
"Tim forced his way into the Twenty20 International squad last summer, and after coming back into the Test squad at the beginning of the Ashes series he has made a terrific contribution with bat and gloves," he said.
"There will still be further opportunities for players to force their way into the reckoning for the squad to go to England and Wales in 2019. But the sooner we can settle on our best combination and get them playing together and inform on a regular basis then the better our chances will be of retaining the trophy."