Maxwell still Ashes chance despite ODI axe

Australia stand-in coach David Saker has denied Glenn Maxwell’s axing from the one-day international team is a sign his Ashes hopes are fading.

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The big-hitting Victorian was dumped for Thursday’s dead rubber in Bangalore where Australia posted their first ODI win away from home in more than a year.

“We’re just looking for people to perform and his last 20 games he probably hasn’t done that for us,” Saker said.

“In his position the way he plays he’s a big match-winner but it’s been a while since he’s done (that) for us especially in any consistent form.

“Maxi’s just got to get some numbers to justify getting picked.”

Maxwell is among a group of players vying to bat at No.6 during the Ashes with Marcus Stoinis, Hilton Cartwright and Moises Henriques all in the mix.

“None of our selection is looking forward to the summer,” Saker said.

Since the start of 2016, Maxwell has played 21 ODI innings scoring 500 runs at an average of 26.31.

Former Australia captain Michael Clarke hit out at selectors for dropping Maxwell.

“I thought these two games in particular were a great opportunity for Maxi to understand where he sits in the team,” Clarke told Indian broadcaster Star Sports.

“I thought it was a good chance to (bat him up the order) and make it clear to him … that if he doesn’t make a big score in the next two games, then you’re having a different conversation. Then he could be dropped.”

Clarke acknowledged Maxwell’s performances haven’t been up to scratch, saying Australian fans wanted such a talented player to be more consistent.

“But I think he’s too good a player to now allow him to just go back into the wilderness and go back to first-class cricket,” Clarke said.

“I think the leadership in the team needs to find a way to get the best out of Glenn Maxwell.”