Maxwell mows down England single-handedly

Feb 08, 2018, 09:37
Maxwell mows down England single-handedly

Australia are now atop the standings in the inaugural triangular T20 tournament after notching up a comfortable seven-wicket victory over New Zealand at the SCG on February 3. Jason Roy was dismissed early in the second over much to the joy of the Aussie supporters in the ground. Yet their gung-ho approach failed to pay dividends as Roy was dismissed in the second over as Andrew Tye took a comfortable catch at cover off the bowling of Kane Richardson.

But Maxwell was refusing to relent and tearing apart the bowling attack. Dawid Malan, the one England player remaining in the team from the disappointing Ashes Series, found his range immediately as he smashed 16 off Billy Stanlake in his first over at the crease. All the other pace bowlers picked a wicket each as the visitors could add only 59 runs in the last 10 overs and lost 6 wickets.

Hales was the first of two caught-and-bowled wickets for Agar.

England captain, EOIN MORGAN: "We got off to a reasonable start - the guys countered what Australia had to offer really well - but losing six wickets for 30 or 40 runs cost us".

Maxwell had earlier claimed three wickets to be a vital cog in Australia's impressive efforts to curtail England's high-octane batting order. Maxwell caught Jos Buttler for just five off Marcus Stoinis before Agar took his second caught and bowled wicket as Sam Billings departed for ten.

Maxwell finished not out on 103 from 58 balls with 10 fours and four sixes.

Malan was caught on the rope by Andrew Tye for Maxwell's second, and David Willey (3) danced down the track next ball to give Alex Carey his first global stumping.

Adil Rashid and Tom Curran quickly followed as England slipped to 137-9 from 96-2.

England needed a big start and when Warner clattered David Willey's first ball back over his head, that seemed unlikely.

Maxwell captured three for 10 and Agar took two for 15 as Australia sent England's middle order tumbling.

But his Bellerive Oval innings wasn't without controversy.

Rashid returned from that attack by tightening up his bowling which eventually paid dividends.

As with England, Australia started to find runs hard to come by midway through their innings. For the first half of the innings, England were flying at 10 runs an over and on course for a mammoth score over 200 before suffering a horrendous collapse.

Yet England thought they had created the breakthrough in the 13th over. Yet Maxwell stood his ground and was reprieved on the review although the decision still looked controversial after a number of replays.

Willey finished with three wickets for 28 off three overs.

Australia ended up scoring 165 runs for five wickets in 18.3 overs.They now lead the points table of the Trans-Tasman Twenty20 Trophy with four points.

He got there with an audacious last-ball six but Glenn Maxwell was more impressed with his early grit en route to a second Twenty20 worldwide ton.

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