Australia has dropped Glenn Maxwell from the ODI squad, while recalling hard-hitting batsman Chris Lynn, alongside uncapped pacers Jhye Richardson and Andrew Tye, for the five-match series against England starting January 14 in Melbourne.
"No-one is in any doubt about Glenn's ability or his potential to produce match-winning contributions with the bat. 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," Hohns said on Wednesday (January 3).
"Glenn is still absolutely in our thoughts but for this series we have decided to look again at Chris Lynn, who is now back playing once more after the shoulder injury that hampered him when we picked him against Pakistan in this format 12 months ago. He has been one of the most feared players at domestic level in limited-overs cricket in the past couple of years and we want to see if he can convert that domestic form to the international stage" added Hons.
Another notable replacement in the Australian squad has been Tim Paine replacing ODI specialist Matthew Wade. "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," Hohns said. "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."
Western Australian pace duo of Jhye Richardson and Andrew Tye have been rewarded for their stellar performances in the domestic competitions and included in the squad alongside the experienced pace trio of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins.
"The good thing is we have plenty of depth in the fast bowling department in this squad, with Jhye Richardson and Andrew Tye also included," Hons commented on the Australian bowling attack.
Steve Smith (c), David Warner, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Chris Lynn, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa