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

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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.

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