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

Doug Mendoza
February 8, 2018

Hales and captain Morgan both departed for a quickfire 22, but it was Middlesex man Malan who stole the show in the opening overs.

Chasing 156, Australia suffered several wobbles but Maxwell's stunning 58-ball unbeaten 103 ensured they claimed victory with nine balls to spare.

But the tale could have been different.

Living dangerously, Maxwell was badly dropped on 40 by Alex Hales at backward square leg but powered on to make the most of his good fortune.

Glenn Maxwell, Australia's mercurial allrounder, has endured a tumultuous summer but a scintillating match-winning century finally gave him reason to cheer. "I agreed with the on-field umpire at the time [but] I can understand how it was overturned because it looks worse on TV".

"This is 100 per cent out", former Australia captain Michael Clarke said.

Maxwell himself said: "As a fielder you think you catch it".

Roy and his teammates celebrated the catch but the umpires, who indicated they thought it was out, referred to the third umpire for confirmation. "We fought incredibly well with the ball".

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But I think the job is not even half done yet. "The series is not lost yet and that should be a big enough motivator for us". SA-W were 51/2 and the team was unable to recover after this point. "As an athlete you crave for days like these", he added.

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"The rule states if the ball touches any part of the ground it is not out and it looked like it was touching part of the ground when it came up on the big screen".

Jason Roy was a bit grim after the third umpire overturned the dismissal of Glenn Maxwell.

As described by ESPNCricinfo, Maxwell took full advantage of a dropped catch. "I would say yes but I don't know how, I don't have an answer", he said. "I'm all for reviewing.but there's no solution to it yet".

"If the umpire is 60 metres away and can't see he needs to go upstairs but there's no solution to it yet".

The successful chase bookended another stellar Australian bowling effort after Warner won the toss and elected to bowl on a flat Bellerive Oval pitch oozing with runs in the only global fixture this summer in Tasmania, Australia's island state.

England squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, David Willey, Mark Wood. It was an exhibition of all his shots against the pace and spin as England capitulated with the bat earlier. Though the joy for England was shortlived, as Maxwell and D'Arcy Short took the attack to them as they added 78 runs in just 8 overs.

Maxwell saw Australia to their target with nine balls remaining and to two wins from two in the tournament following their rain-affected, seven-wicket victory over New Zealand in Sydney on Saturday. But enter Maxwell and the rest was history.

His second ton in T20Is, the typically swashbuckling knock featured 10 fours and four sixes, including successive maximums in the seventh over at the expense of Rashid.

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