Maxwell overlooked again as veteran White earns Aussie ODI recall
Glenn Maxwell has again been overlooked by Australian selectors for the upcoming one-day international series against England, with veteran all-rounder Cameron White a surprise choice to replace the injured Chris Lynn.
The omission of Maxwell from the initial squad last week came as a shock to some commentators and it was speculated he would earn a recall when Lynn was ruled out of the series against England because of a calf injury.
But the national selection panel opted for Maxwell's Victoria teammate White as Lynn's replacement and he will link up with the Australia squad ahead of Sunday's opening fixture at the MCG.
The 34-year-old has not represented Australia in any format since 2015 and was last summer involved in a spat with national selector Trevor Hohns.
White suggested at the time that the Australian side was being treated as a "development team" with Hohns hitting back, describing White's international career as "nothing earth-shattering".
Their relationship seems to have improved, with Hohns explaining White's Big Bash League (BBL) form had been impossible to overlook.
"Cameron's in very good form, as his figures demonstrate. He's playing very well," Hohns said in a statement.
"He's one of the leading run-scorers in this season's BBL, he's experienced, he's a very smart cricketer and he's a good fielder. He ticks all the boxes for what we need at this stage."
White has been in superb limited overs form on the domestic stage, with 285 runs at an average of 142.5 and a strike rate of 115.85 for Melbourne Renegades in the BBL.
He debuted for Australia in 2005 and has played 88 one-day internationals, in addition to four Tests and 47 Twenty20 internationals.
An indication Maxwell was on the outer in relation to national selection was given by Steve Smith, who last week said the all-rounder needed to "train a little bit smarter".
Maxwell has denied suggestions of a rift with Smith and intends to catch up the Australia captain with to address the comments he made.
"I'll sit down with Steve when he gets to Melbourne and have a chat with him," Maxwell said on Tuesday.
"We get along really well, we've got a good friendship.
"He's only trying to get the best out of me as the Australian skipper – there's not much you can say to the guy who's second-best to the Don.
"I'll listen to him and do my best to get on his right side and do everything I can to play for Australia."