Australia skipper Aaron Finch believes Glenn Maxwell will have to do the hard yards to get back into Australia's one-day setup. Maxwell is currently representing Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League, where he has enjoyed a decent run of form with 341 runs at 68.20.
The 31-year-old Maxwell was left out Australia's ODI tour of India after taking a break from cricket due to mental health issues. When asked about Maxwell’s chances of getting back in the squad, Finch said the all-rounder would not fit in the current top seven.
"Outside the top seven at the moment," Finch said when asked to rate Maxwell. But the Australian captain played down the speculations whether Maxwell wouldn’t play for the national side again.
"Anyone can," said Finch. "It's about form, picking players for the right role. I think it's just going to come down to whichever way you want to match up, specific roles for specific players."
On the other hand, India captain Virat Kohli was surprised at Maxwell's omission from the side, as he believed his off-spin would have given Australia the sixth bowling option.
"Honestly I did not look at the (squad) and I asked Aaron that have you got only 14... and asked 'Is Maxwell here?' and they said he is playing the BBL," said Kohli.
"I was a bit surprised that he wasn't here, especially the way he performed last time in the T20 series.
"He got a hundred in the last game and they won the series. So surprised not to see him because he brings the spinning option as well."
Kohli showered praise on Marnus Labuschagne, who has made an impact in the side with scores of 46 and 54 in second and third ODIs respectively.
"He's a quality player. We were talking outside... he's very sure of what he wants to do," India's captain said.
"Again, body language, intent, he's there, he's running hard between the wickets, he wants the ball (in the field).
"I think he's got the right mindset to be a consistent player, to be a top player in the world for a while."