Explosive batsman Glenn Maxwell has been called into the ODI squad for their Australia day clash with England as cover for the injured Aaron Finch.
It seems unlikely that Maxwell will play in Friday’s traditional Australia day ODI but he will fly to Adelaide to join the squad.
Maxwell had been a surprise omission when the squad was announced for the series was announced earlier this month with Chris Lynn preferred ahead of him.
When Lynn got injured Australia called in Cameron White ahead of Maxwell but it now seems that the Victorian allrounder is being welcomed back in the fold.
Maxwell was critical of Australia’s batting telling the media that he felt they were batting at too slow a tempo for modern ODI cricket.
Finch has been Australia’s form batsman in a disappointing series so far topscoring and registering his tenth ODI century.
Sources close to the team suggest that out of sorts middle order batsman Travis Head may be asked to open the batting in Finch’s place with Maxwell acting as cover.
Australia ODI squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner (vc), Pat Cummins,
Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Cameron White, Adam Zampa, Glenn Maxwell
England ODI squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
First ODI England won by five wickets at the MCG
Second ODI England won by four wickets at the Gabba
Third ODI England won by 16 runs at the SCG
Fourth ODI Adelaide Oval, January 26.
Fifth ODI Perth Stadium, January 28.