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Australia head coach Darren Lehmann has confirmed that all-rounder Glenn Maxwell was dropped for the ODI series against England due to a lack of runs.
Lehmann also insisted that Maxwell’s omission from the side had nothing to do with his playing style or his relationship with other players.
Lehmann’s comments come after speculation emerged of a possible rift between Maxwell and captain Steve Smith after the latter said that Maxwell needed to “train a little bit smarter” and cut out all the “funky stuff”.
However, Maxwell has made it clear that there is no truth in the rumours that relations between him and Smith are frosty.
Maxwell was initially dropped in favour of Chris Lynn, who was later ruled out of the series due to a calf injury. While Maxwell was considered to be the frontrunner to replace Lynn, the selectors sent shockwaves across the cricketing community by picking batsman Cameron White, who has not played ODI cricket since January 2015.
“We are trying to get it right and see how we go,” Lehmann was quoted as saying by abc.net.au. “Selection is always tough and there are so many different views out there, but Cameron White has been fantastic over three or four summers with Victoria in the one-day arena and obviously started really well with the Big Bash, in good form, and that’s what we want.”
Lehmann once again reiterated that there was nothing wrong with Maxwell’s attitude.
“No, not at all, it was a case of trying to pick the best team we think will win for this series and Cameron White is in career-best form,” he said. “For us to go down the form line, for example, Tim Payne and Shaun Marsh, a little bit different, a little bit left-field. Cameron is a very good player. Over the previous games, [Maxwell] hasn’t been good enough.”
The 47-year-old added that Maxwell is still firmly on the selectors’ radar, but the one thing that he needs to do is score more runs in limited overs cricket.
“Runs,” Lehmann said. “He looks in good touch, but Cameron is above him at the moment, but he will get his chance and I’m sure he will be back soon.
“We want him to go back, play really well, force his way back in the side and if he does that, I’m sure he will have a long career with Australia.
“We are not crossing him out at all, we think he can play, but a man of that talent, as you saw the other night, fielding, the whole package, but he does have to perform overall.”