Oz selectors lose faith in Maxwell for ODIs


Australia's selectors have made the unsentimental call to drop all-rounder Glenn Maxwell from their squad for the ODI series against Sri Lanka, citing a lack of consistency for their decision.

The player, often referred to as The Big Show, tends to be boom or bust with his run-scoring, and chief selector Rod Marsh says they cannot afford to have an unknown quantity taking up a spot.

In his last 10 games he has scored just once in double figures, and this is the first time he's been dropped from a limited overs squad since his debut four years ago. 

Instead, Shaun Marsh and Moises Henriques have been added to the squad, while Scott Boland and Travis Head have also been jettisoned.

Selecor Marsh said: "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. 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."

The Aussies still have two more Tests to play before the ODIs though, having lost the first one in Pallekele.

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