Regulars Glenn Maxwell and Matthew Wade were axed from Australia’s squad on Wednesday for this month’s one-day international series against England.
Chief selector Trevor Hohns said ODI specialist Maxwell was omitted over consistency concerns, while Tim Paine takes the wicket keeping gloves from Wade following his outstanding form in the Ashes Test series.
Selectors also named Australia’s Test pace trio — Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins — and prodigious Twenty20 batsman Chris Lynn for the five-match series, starting in Melbourne on January 14.
Hohns said the selection panel wanted to have another look at Lynn, while seeking more consistency from Maxwell.
“No one is in any doubt about Glenn’s ability or his potential to produce match-winning contributions with the bat,” Hohns said.
“What we have wanted from him is more consistency but in his past 20 matches in this format he has averaged 22 and we need more than that from a player in the side’s batting engine room.”