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'The door is never closed' - Finch on possibility of Maxwell's comeback to ODI side
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'The door is never closed' - Finch on possibility of Maxwell's comeback to ODI side

Aaron Finch has hinted at involving Glenn Maxwell in Australia's long-term plans for the 50-over format despite the all-rounder being overlooked for the upcoming ODI series against India.

Maxwell was one of the top players excluded from Australia's ODI squad, which last featured in the defeat to England in the ICC World Cup semi-final.

The experienced trio of Shaun Marsh, Usman Khawaja and Marcus Stoinis were also left out but Maxwell's case, in particular, has grabbed the headlines following his stellar comeback to the game after a battle with mental health issues.

The dynamic shot-maker took an extended break midway through Australia's international summer before returning to competitive cricket as leader of Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League.

Maxwell conjured an imposing knock against cross-town rivals Melbourne Renegades on Wednesday as he slammed 59 off 37 deliveries to help the Stars consolidate their top position in the points table.

The 31-year-old batter's sublime effort and recent lucrative IPL deal has bolstered his white-ball credentials and Finch recognised his batting prowess.

"People look at [that innings] and they see the results and all the big hitting, but the way he approached it last night was very clinical," Finch was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

"He gave himself a bit of a chance early and then dominated late.

"Once he's in, you can't bowl to him anywhere. He's got an answer to everything."

He insisted the door was left ajar for Maxwell and company to secure a spot in the team once again since the selectors were spoilt for choice.

"It's never closed, but when you're picking a side there has to be a spot there," Finch said.

"It just comes down to being in the right place at the right time and having the right match-up. You can only pick so many top-three batters."

'Don't see why Labuschagne's Test form won't translate'

Australia's tour of India comprising of three ODIs will see Marnus Labuschagne make his debut in the shorter format following a prolific run in Test cricket.

Labuschagne stormed to the No. 3 spot in the ICC Test rankings for batsmen on the back of 1,190 runs across eight games.

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Determined to shed the tag of being a one-trick pony, the top-order batsman made an impact in the Marsh Cup where he earned the joint player of the tournament award alongside Queensland teammate Khawaja.

Although Labuschagne's track record suggests he could make a seamless transition to white-ball cricket, he faces a tough initiation against a strong Indian side.

But the 25-year-old has received backing from his captain to excel in the limited-overs arena.

"We know that he's not going to be overawed by the occasion," Finch said.

"He's come back into Test cricket after missing out at the start of the Ashes and he's been unbelievable, so hopefully he can continue that.

"The form that he showed in the [Marsh Cup] one-day games was outstanding.

"He's averaging up around 40 there batting at three, batting at four for Queensland on what's been a little bit tougher batting conditions over the last couple of years in domestic cricket."

"Playing on some slower wickets that spin quite a bit, to be able to come in and do that role really well for Queensland is obviously what's got him a place in the side, as well as his current form," he added.

"I don't see why it wouldn't translate."