Australia selectors wield the axe on ODI squad

Australia’s selectors wielded the axe on four of the team’s batsmen when they picked the squad for the upcoming three-match ODI series against India.

Travis Head, Chris Lynn, D’Arcy Short, Ben McDermott have all been omitted from the team that lost the series at home against South Africa earlier this summer.

Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb and Mitchell Marsh have been recalled to the ODI format while spinner Nathan Lyon was also called up in place of Ashton Agar.

Nathan Courter-Nile was not selected due to him having pain in his lower back with veteran seamer Peter Siddle back in the ODI fold.

The first-choice pace attack of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins have all been rested after a heavy workload in the Test series.

Australia selector Trevor Hohns said: “After a disappointing period in ODI cricket, the National Selection Panel along with team coaches have reviewed our performances across this format and we’ve identified a number of key areas that we feel we need to improve in order to help put this team in the best possible position to turn this period around.

“With this in mind and the World Cup looming, we’ve selected players we feel provide us with the flexibility to play a variety of roles at different stages of a match.

“With a focus on improving our ability to post competitive totals we’ve recalled Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb and Mitch Marsh to the squad.

“Usman is a batsman we know can put vital runs on the board at the top of the order, and Peter is not only a fine player of spin bowling, he’s also a batsman we know can hold an innings together while keeping the scoreboard ticking over. Mitch gives us another all-round option with his ability with both bat and ball.”

“Travis Head, D’Arcy Short and Chris Lynn have been unlucky to miss out. All three have had opportunities to cement their spots, but unfortunately, they have not been as productive as we would have liked in recent times when playing ODI cricket for Australia.”

The three ODIs will take on 12, 15 and 18 January.

Australia ODI squad: Aaron Finch (capt), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey, Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Peter Siddle, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa