Marnus Labuschagne earns maiden ODI call-up for India tour

Sport360 staff 08:23 17/12/2019
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The Australian selectors have opted to drop Glenn Maxwell for the ODI squad to tour India in January.

Maxwell, who took a mental health break from the game, will be eased into the national set up. He will be making a return to competitive cricket in the upcoming BBL season for the Melbourne Stars.

“It is great to see Glenn Maxwell returning to the game in the Big Bash League,” Hohns said. “We will closely monitor his form after what would have been disappointing 12 months in the one-day game by his standards.”

Marnus Labuschagne has been rewarded for his string of impressive performances with a maiden ODI call up.

Pacer Josh Hazlewood, who suffered a hamstring injury during the first Test at Perth against New Zealand last week, has also been named in the ODI squad. Hazlewood, however, has been left out of the squad for the Boxing day Test to recover from this injury.

The India tour will be the first assignment for assistant coach Andrew McDonald, with head coach Justin Langer opting to stay back home.

“As one of the leadership group it’s important to show that not only are we focussed on getting the balance right for the players but equally the coaches and staff, head coach included,” Langer said. “Macca is an exceptional coach in all forms of the game and has been fantastic since coming on board. He will do a great job with this squad. We are in very, very good hands.”

ODI series schedule:

First ODI – January 14, Mumbai
Second ODI – January 17, Rajkot
Third ODI – January 19, Bengaluru

Squad: Aaron Finch (capt), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey (vc), Pat Cummins (vc), Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Marnus Labuschagne, Kane Richardson, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Ashton Turner, David Warner, Adam Zampa

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