Anderson: ‘I would fear Australia more if they had Glenn Maxwell in the team’

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James Anderson: “I was scratching my head when he wasn’t in the squad at the start of the (ODI) series”

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England pace bowler James Anderson has questioned the Australian selectors’ decision to leave all-rounder Glenn Maxwell out of the Test and ODI squads.

Maxwell did not feature in the Ashes, which Australia won 4-0, and was dropped for the ongoing ODI series in favour of Chris Lynn.

However, when Lynn was ruled out of the series with a calf injury, Maxwell was overlooked as the selectors opted to pick Cameron White.

Even though Maxwell did get called up for the fourth ODI in Adelaide as a potential replacement for opening batsman Aaron Finch, who had been ruled out of the fixture with a minor hamstring injury, he was not included in the playing XI.

“I was scratching my head when he wasn’t in the squad at the start of the (ODI) series, and also even the test series, when he was in fantastic form for Victoria in Shield cricket” Anderson told Optus Sport’s Stumps program as quoted by cricket.com.au. “For me, playing against Australia, I would fear Australia more if they had Glenn Maxwell in the team.

“If he’s on form as he has shown in the Big Bash with the Stars, and also with that spinning option he provides, the extra bowling option for Steve Smith, I think he’s a must for the team.”

However, former Australia batsman Michael Hussey feels it will be difficult for the selectors to keep fitting Maxwell into the ODI squad, especially given how Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh and Marcus Stoinis have been performing.

“I think Australia will be reluctant to make that change and bring Maxwell back in,” he said on the same program. “From what I’m reading between the lines they want to send him a bit of a message as well.

“Steve Smith came out and said he needs to train better and improve his training habits. Maybe they’re just getting him back around (the group), get him hungry again and when he does get his opportunity let’s hope he grabs it with both hands.

“I agree with Jimmy, (Maxwell) is a seriously talented player and with him in the as team there would be a lot of opposition players that would have some fear about that.”

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