Australia drop Maxwell for Sri Lanka ODI series


Glenn Maxwell has been dropped from the Australia one-day international squad for the upcoming series against Sri Lanka.

The all-rounder has not made an ODI half-century since January and has been overlooked for the five-match series along with Travis Head and paceman Scott Boland.

Moises Henriques has been named in the 15-man squad along with Shaun Marsh, who returns following the birth of his first child.

National selector Rod Marsh said: "We know Glenn can be a match winner for Australia but his current form doesn't warrant selection.

"He is averaging less than 10 runs in Australia's last 10 one-day internationals so the numbers speak for themselves.

"We've asked Glenn to go away and focus on consistent performances for Victoria and Australia A to earn his way back into the Australian side."

Maxwell, named Australia's ODI Player of the Year in January, responded to his omission by vowing to rediscover his form and earn a recall.

"It is hard. I'm going to be watching on TV and seeing Australia play in coloured clothing and I'm not going to be there, but it's one of those things where it'll probably only drive me to train harder and make sure I'm there for the next tour," he told

"I've shown [my value to the side] in different times. Whenever Australia have been in trouble, I've generally been there to get us out of it.

"Myself and George Bailey, I felt like we've been the glue in that middle order for three or four years now, so to not be there in the squad is very disappointing, but as I said, I know exactly what I have to do now, and that's to score runs consistently.

"If that means reigning in a few shots, I'll do whatever it takes."

Australia and Sri Lanka start the ODI series in Colombo on August 21.