T20 Tri-series 2nd Match: All-round Maxwell flattens England


AUSTRALIA rode their luck to scrape past England in the first Twenty20 showdown, thanks to Glenn Maxwell heroics.

After being thoroughly outclassed by England in the recent One-Day International (ODI) series, Australia's new look lineup inflicted a dose of white ball revenge at the Bellerive Oval to claim their second straight win of the tournament.

The Australian all-rounder finished the match with 103 runs off just 53 balls.

It was all down to Chris Jordan and Mark Wood to push England to a semi-competitive total, as they put on 18 for the final wicket, with the Surrey all-rounder blasting the final ball of the innings for a huge six, as England posted 155-9.

When Maxwell was only 40 Alex Hales spilled a regulations catch in the deep but then, after he had added another 19, Jason Roy was adjudged to have grounded a fingertip scoop catch at long on.

Australia's run chase had got off to bad start as David Willey (3-28) removed dangermen David Warner (4) and Chris Lynn (0) in the first over, the stand-in captain picking out Hales at deep square leg. David Willey then immediately followed Malan back to the pavilion as a rash charge down the wicket resulted in him being stumped off Maxwell by Alex Carey.

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Fresh from his stint with the Hobart Hurricanes, D'Arcy Short was right at home at Blundstone, belting a quick-fire 30 off 20 balls, with two fours and two enormous sixes. Not to be outdone by the newcomer, Maxwell overcame a sluggish start by whacking consecutive sixes off spinner Adil Rashid as the pair swiftly combined for a 78-run partnership to steer Australia into the ascendancy.

"I told him to hit a single off the ball because I couldn't hit any more", Maxwell quipped.

Glenn Maxwell of Australia celebrates his century after hitting a six.

The match takes place at the Bellerive Oval, Hobart.

Maxwell bowled just two overs but was on a hat-trick when he had top scorer Dawid Malan (50 from 36) caught on the leg-side boundary and the unsafe David Willey stumped next ball. The newly minted speed sensation, who starred with 3-15 at the SCG, thudded back to earth and conceded 27 runs in his opening two overs. The spinner tempted Hales into a chip down the ground that he failed to squeeze past Agar who held on for a caught and bowled to dismiss the opener for 22. Malan was the only England batsman to have scored a fifty in the innings, with the second-highest scorer being 22. A brief cameo from Chris Jordan helped England to a defendable total of 155 but they were left with plenty to analyse after scoring just 59 runs in the last ten overs.