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Maxwell available for Canberra ODI

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 4/12/2016 Steve Zemek

Australian skipper Steve Smith insists Glenn Maxwell remains available for the second one-dayer against New Zealand and he wasn't demoted to carrying the water because of his loose lips.

Maxwell was controversially looked over for the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy series opener at the SCG on Sunday, just three days after his public criticism of Matthew Wade.

There was an awkward moment when Maxwell was made to run out the water to Wade during the wicketkeeper's slashing of 38 off 22, which helped his side to a formidable total of 324-8 and a 68-run win on Sunday.

Maxwell was injected into the game as a substitute fielder, and took the catch to dismiss century-maker Martin Guptill, but was otherwise forced to look on as the Australians broke a five-ODI game losing streak.

After being dropped for this year's tours of Sri Lanka and South Africa, he faces a tough task to break back into the side after Travis Head made a fist of his opportunity with a vital half-century.

Smith reiterated the point he made before the game that the saga had not affected his chances of selection, adding they simply decided to go with Head.

"It was more about giving Travis another opportunity. I think he played well last week. He scored 100 in Shield cricket so he's in good nick," Smith said.

"He played pretty well today so he's taken that opportunity."

Maxwell last week caused a stir when he said it was "painful" having to bat below Victorian captain Wade during two recent Sheffield Shield matches, and it affected his chances of forcing his way into the Test team.

For his comments, Maxwell was fined by the team's leadership group and publicly reprimanded by Smith and coach Darren Lehmann.

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