Senior quick Josh Hazlewood returns to the 50-over set-up after missing out on the World Cup while seamer Sean Abbott gets a chance to add to his only ODI game more than five years ago.
Not for the first time in Maxwell’s career, selectors want to see more from the dynamic hitter, who, along with Stoinis, has paid the price for lean runs at the World Cup.
In Maxwell’s case, it capped a moderate 12 months in the format, in which an excellent series in the UAE against Pakistan was the exception rather than the rule.
Maxwell, who remains a key figure in Australia’s Twenty20 side before next year’s World Cup, will make his return in the Big Bash League on Friday after seven weeks out due to mental health concerns.
“As I’ve said many times, we love having Glenn in the team. We love his energy, love his talent, love what he can bring but the truth is he hasn’t performed very well the last 12 months for the Australian cricket team,” Langer said.
“We had to take that into account. He hadn’t played much competitive cricket either but he hasn’t performed that well. He had a brilliant series in the UAE against Pakistan; the World Cup and some series before that haven’t been his best.
“We’re sure he will get back to his best and we’re looking forward to that.”
It has been a dramatic fall for Stoinis, who is out of both white-ball formats less than 12 months after being crowned Australia’s ODI player of the year. He made 87 runs from eight games at the World Cup and, though he was more effective with the ball, he was judged primarily on his output with the bat. Ashton Agar has effectively taken his place as the all-rounder despite previously being seen as a frontline spinner.
“His [Stoinis] batting results haven’t been up to the standard he’d expect and we’d expect from him,” Langer said.
Khawaja’s ODI axing comes months after he was dumped from the Test side. His international future appears bleak despite a stellar year in the canary yellow.
Only five men have scored more than his 1085 runs, at 49.3, this year and he was one of the best players in the domestic one-day cup.
He and Marsh face hot competition for places in the top order with captain Aaron Finch, David Warner and Steve Smith set to bat in the top three in India.
Langer, who has spent most of the past 18 months on the road, will freshen up before limited-overs series in South Africa and at home against New Zealand.
“I can’t be telling all my staff to look after themselves and make sure you have time to recharge and be with your family and not do it myself, because I’d be a hypocrite,” Langer said.
“The other part of it is I can’t also be wanting to give people opportunities and not give them opportunities.”
Andrew Wu writes on cricket and AFL for The Sydney Morning Herald