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Maxwell, Wade return to Australia's ODI, T20I squads for South Africa tour
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Maxwell, Wade return to Australia's ODI, T20I squads for South Africa tour

Glenn Maxwell on Tuesday was picked in Australia's ODI and T20I squads to face South Africa. The all-rounder had made himself unavailable from cricket citing mental health issues but his form in the ongoing Big Bash League earned him a comeback in both squads.

Selector Trevor Hohns said Maxwell was picked on the basis on impressive string of performances for Melbourne Stars in the BBL, where he has scored 389 runs at a decent average of 43.22.

"It is fantastic to have Glenn back in both squads given his brilliant form in the middle order for the Stars along with his results with the ball," he said.

The other interesting picks were wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, who last played ODIs back in 2017 and 2018 respectively. Both players have been given a nod over strong performances in the BBL.

The surprise exclusion was Marcus Stoinis, who couldn’t break into both squads despite topping the run charts in the BBL. He also slammed the highest-ever individual score (147*) for Melbourne Stars in BBL history.

Selector Trevor Hohns said Stoinis was unlucky to miss out on the South Africa tour but he would be on standby in case any player gets injured.

"It is terrific to have a backup player of his calibre in such good form," he said.

Australia will play three T20Is and as many ODIs in South Africa, with the first T20I to be played on February 21.

Australia T20 squad

Aaron Finch (c), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Mitch Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa

Australia ODI squad

Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey (vc), Pat Cummins (vc), Josh Hazlewood, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitch Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa