Glenn Maxwell’s poor form the reason behind axe, insists Steve Smith

After the Australian selectors dropped a surprise by replacing the injured Chris Lynn with veteran all-rounder Cameron White for their ODI series against England, thus keeping the mercurial Glenn Maxwell out of the side, captain Steve Smith has gone on record to explain that the reason for Maxwell being overlooked for the series is his “poor form”. Smith also reasoned that White had arguably been the most prolific run-getter in the country’s domestic 50-overs competitions in recent years.

Smith suggested Glenn Maxwell to train smarter

Skipper Smith had also caused a bit of a stir by stating that Maxwell needed to “train a little bit smarter” and work his way back into Australia’s limited-overs sides. National selector Mark Waugh also caused a mini controversy of his own regarding Maxwell’s omission when he was on the commentary panel for a Big Bash League (BBL) match recently and noted that D’Arcy Short’s century for the Hobart Hurricanes had come without a reverse sweep, adding “other batsmen around the country, take note”.

“It’s obviously disappointing for Glenn. The selectors have come out and said that he probably hasn’t done enough in the last 20 games. He’s probably averaged around 20,” Smith said, echoing selector Trevor Hohns views on Maxwell’s omission.

The Victorian dasher was a part of Australia’s Test tours to India and Bangladesh last year and was even put on standby for the opening Ashes Test with Shaun Marsh being a doubt for the match. Maxwell has averaged 27.20 in his last 10 ODI innings (against a career average of 32.30) and was also given axe for Australia’s final two matches of their ODI series in India, having made only 58 runs in first three games.

There is certainly no doubting his ability and talent but with the 2019 World Cup in England less than 18 months away, Maxwell certainly has a fight on his hands to regain his place in Australia’s ODI side.