Australia vs England Twenty20: Magnificent Maxwell leads the hosts to victory

Lawrence Cooper
February 8, 2018

A spectacular all-round performance from Glenn Maxwell has helped Australia snare a five-wicket win with nine balls to spare against England at Hobart's Blundstone Arena.

The Australian all-rounder finished the match with 103 runs off just 53 balls. Mark Wood and Rashid were the other wicket-takers but they were beaten by the brilliance of one player. Jos Buttler punched a Stoinis slower ball to mid off, Billings presented Agar with another front edge caught and bowled when he returned to the attack, and Malan's innings was ended when he failed to clear deep square leg. I trust [Roy's] call and I agreed with the [on-field] umpire's call.

He rode his luck to get to the century, however - Maxwell tried to hit Adil Rashid over the top when he was on 59, but appeared to be caught close to the ground by a forward-diving Jason Roy. 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.

Despite the early setbacks, BBL dynamo D'Arcy Short flamboyantly attacked as he smashed 17 runs off his first 6 deliveries punctuated by a powerful pulled six off danger man Willey. Maxwell's contribution was his second in as many matches, following a summer in which he had spent far more time outside the Australian set-up than in it.

A trump card for England could be left-handed allrounder David Willey, who smacked 79 from 36 and took three wickets in a practice match against the PM's XI.

Yet England thought they had created the breakthrough in the 13th over.

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Game one star Billy Stanlake loomed as an intimidating presence but England audaciously met fire with fire with opener Roy hitting the towering quick over cover on the first ball to set the tone.

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 worldwide stumping.

England earlier got off to a flying start as Alex Hales, Dawid Malan and Eoin Morgan got their eye in quickly, as the visitors reached 94-2 within ten overs.

The lanky left-armer snaffled a leading edge from the risky Alex Hales but had to run behind Malan at the non-strikers end. Malan was the only England batsman to have scored a fifty in the innings, with the second-highest scorer being 22.

England were 1-60 at the end of the power-play and looked on track for a score around 200 until Maxwell (3-10) and fellow spinner Ashton Agar put the squeeze on through the middle overs.

England are hoping to take their ODI form into the T20 tri-series after winning 4-1.

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