Australia’s limited-overs captain Aaron Finch has backed all-rounder Glenn Maxwell and hoped he will make a comeback soon, citing that a “three-dimensional” cricketer like him can’t be kept out for a long time. Maxwell took a short break due to mental health issues. However, he recently made himself available for the tour of India.
“Obviously he’ll (Maxwell) be disappointed, like everyone who missed out is but at the end of the day he just hasn’t got the runs required of a top order player in one-day cricket recently,” Finch told ‘Cricket Australia’. “No doubt he’ll be back. He’s a gun. A three-dimensional player that can have such a huge impact. It’s just a matter of time, he’ll get some runs and be right back up there in the frame again,” he added.
Glenn Maxwell, 31, had failed to do well in his last 10 ODI innings for Australia. The all-rounder will make his return to cricket when he took the field for Melbourne Stars in Friday’s KFC Big Bash League match against Brisbane Heat on the Gold Coast. Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh and off-spinner Nathan Lyon were also dropped for the tour while Jason Behrendorff was injured.
But the Australia captain Aaron Finch said that Ashton Agar was picked before the experienced Lyon as the selectors wanted to try him in Indian conditions.
“(Lyon) can still play a future part. We saw the way he bowled in the World Cup when he got his opportunity,” Finch said. “Just probably a change in our approach to the spinning all-rounder in Agar as opposed to the medium-pace all-rounder, that’s probably where someone had to drop out and unfortunately that was Nath (Lyon).”
“At the end of the day it still comes down to picking the best side to win. Probably a slightly different structure to how we did it last time but still very happy with how it looks,” Aaron Finch added.