Monday, 10 December, 2018

Tri-series: Maxwell century powers Australia to T20 win over England

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Needing just one to win with Maxwell on 97, he did exactly what he wanted to do - and what the crowd expected.

Maxwell countered: "When it doesn't go completely cleanly into your hands and it's more of a fingers catch you always have that little bit of doubt and you're nearly trying to convince yourself that it's out". "For us to start the series the way we have has been outstanding".

"It was only when I realized I was back on strike. You're trying to get the best decision for the game and making sure all the little errors in cricket are scratched out by technology".

England have been held to a below par total of 9-155 by a superb Australian bowling performance after the home side opted to send the visitors in for the second Gillette T20 INTL tri-series match in Hobart.

With this, Australia have won both their matches and sit atop the points table with 4 points in hand. "I had to do a lot of work behind the scenes and I feel I've done that and got back into the Aussie colours".

After being well positioned at 94-2 in the 10th over, England spectacularly lost 7 for 43 as Australia wrestled back control through cunning quick Andrew Tye along with spinners Agar (2-15) and Maxwell (3-10).

Australia was absolutely dominating with the bat, as Maxwell and D' Arcy Short gave an fantastic start to the innings, despite the fall of two early wickets. There were two dropped catches, officially.

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.

Eoin Morgan came to the crease and the England captain supported Malan as the pair continued to contribute at ten runs an over.

Mark Wood also had Marcus Stoinis [6] caught by Sam Billings, but a fine knock from Maxwell steered Australia over the line with nine balls to spare.

Eighteen overs later Maxwell had his arms raised high after smashing a six over long on to be 103 not out, and Australia had beaten England by five wickets in their T20 clash. "But I can understand how it got overturned". It was a really bad day for us with the bat.

"But that 6-30 or whatever it was really cost us".

But his Bellerive Oval innings wasn't without controversy. This brought Maxwell out in the middle, who formed the most crucial partnership of the innings with D'Arcy Short. His initial thought, after seeing it on the big screen, was that the ball had touched the turf.

"We haven't had much success in T20 cricket for a while now, our rating reflects that, so it was so imperative for this young group to take us forward and win some games".

He was first dropped by Alex Hales at deep square leg on 40, while when on 59 he appeared to be snared by Jason Roy, only for the TV umpire to overturn the on-field umpire's soft signal of out.