Ahead of the ODI series against England, Australia made a contrasting change within the team. This might be a game changer against the visitors, who are through a strong form through the format. Team selectors dropped Glenn Maxwell from the line-up to replace him with Chris Lynn. Along with the batsman, two other players will debut in the series. Jhye Richardson and Andrew Tye will play their maiden ODIs against England. The latter two are pace bowlers, who Australia selectors included to strengthen the bowling attack.
Per Trevor Hohns, National Selector of Australia, Glenn is dropped because they wanted ‘more consistency’ from the batsmen, which has been absent lately. In the past 20 matches Maxwell could not put up a strong stance. His average of 22 in the matches became a concern, leading to his drop out from the series. Maxwell, however, had an excellent form in domestic Sheffield Shield matches. In the latest tournament he averaged 73 playing nine innings with a total tally of 590 runs. Maxwell’s form is dimmed in ODI since January 2017, when he hammered a half-century against Pakistan.
Debutant pacers Tye and Richardson are included along with experienced players like Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins. The former two is with excellent records in domestic tournaments. In a domestic limited over tournament, Richardson came up as a leading wicket-taker. While, Tye performed as the top bowler in BBL charts.
Per Hohns, "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.” The National selector added, "he deserves his opportunity in this form of the game and the challenge for Matthew (Wade) is to return to the type of form that saw him score a one-day international hundred against Pakistan last summer."
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