Maxwell misses out

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Published: Tuesday 31st March 2015 by The News Editor

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Glenn Maxwell’s World Cup heroics were not enough to earn him a place in Australia’s Test squad for the Ashes series against England or a preceding tour of the West Indies.

The 26-year-old all-rounder was a stand-out performer during Australia’s run to the final and victory over fellow co-hosts New Zealand but his name is not among the 17 announced by Cricket Australia on Tuesday morning.

One-day internationals specialist Maxwell, named in the International Cricket Council’s team of the tournament following Sunday’s triumph in Melbourne, made only 41 runs and failed to take a wicket against Pakistan in his last Test appearance for the Baggy Green back in October.

While fast bowler Ryan Harris is included, he will remain in Australia throughout the tour of the West Indies, which begins in Dominica on June 5, as he anticipates the birth of his first child.

After the second Test in Jamaica – scheduled to conclude on June 17 – he will travel to the United Kingdom to reunite with his team-mates ahead of the first Ashes Test at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on July 8.

James Pattinson misses the trip to the Caribbean due to an injured left hamstring but will be observed over the coming weeks and may become an option later in the Australian winter.

Victorian leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed and Western Australian captain Adam Voges have been called up following successful seasons in the Sheffield Shield and New South Wales wicket-keeper Peter Nevill is included in a Test squad for the first time after scoring 764 runs throughout the Shield campaign.

National selector Rod Marsh told cricketaustralia.com: “The Test team has performed very well in recent times, but the big challenge is to do that away from home.

“We believe this squad has sufficient depth for these important Test matches against the West Indies and England and will give us the best chance of success.

“Adam Voges and Fawad Ahmed had sensational seasons at domestic level and their performances just couldn’t be ignored. They thoroughly deserve their call-up and the opportunity to be a part of this squad. We believe that both can play important roles in the side if required.

“Adam had one of the great seasons in Sheffield Shield history. He is an experienced player and quality character who will add talent and leadership to the touring party.

“Fawad has worked incredibly hard on his game and has demonstrated throughout the season that he can be a consistent wicket taker.

“Peter Nevill has been on our radar for some time and deserves his opportunity through weight of runs and performances behind the stumps. He has also demonstrated impressive leadership qualities which have caught our eye.”

Also on the plane departing for the West Indies on May 19 are skipper Michael Clarke and his vice-captain Steve Smith, Brad Haddin, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Johnson and Nathan Lyon.

Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Chris Rogers, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, David Warner and Shane Watson complete the selection.

Published: Tuesday 31st March 2015 by The News Editor

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