Australia v England: Glenn Maxwell century stuns visitors in opening T20 clash

Arnold Nichols
February 8, 2018

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.

Jason Roy initially looked to have dismissed Maxwell - nicknamed "The Big Show" for his explosive displays - who was also dropped by Alex Hales, on 59 following a catch in the deep, although the third umpire eventually overturned the decision in a moment of controversy.

Jason Roy celebrates after claiming a catch hit by Glenn Maxwell which was later ruled not out by the third umpire.

And that was not forthcoming, with reviews proving inconclusive and giving Maxwell another life, to the disbelief of the Nine Network commentators. Former Aussie skipper Michael Clarke said Maxwell was "100 per cent" out.

"I'm a massive fan of tri-series, they bring the competitive nature out in every team", he said. "That is clearly out".

Despite Hales being dropped by Maxwell in the same over, England continued to attack.

David Willey was the most successful bowler as he picked up 3/28 but to no avail.

However, new kid on the block D'Arcy Short - fresh from his sublime Big Bash campaign - put on 78 quick runs with Glenn Maxwell, before being caught-and-bowled off Rashid. However, Maxwell stayed the course before hitting a six to reach a hundred and finsih the game.

"We haven't had a lot of success in T20 cricket for the last few years".

Roy has recovered well from back spasms and has been batting normally in the nets, while the hand injury Hales sustained when dropping a catch in the final match of the one-day series has settled well.

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. I agreed with the on-field umpire at the time [but] I can understand how it was overturned because it looks worse on TV".

Speaking after the match, Maxwell said he wasn't chasing triple figures. "In order to win the game, we had to get him out".

No.3 Dawid Malan, England's best batsman in the Ashes but kept on the sidelines ever since, didn't miss a beat with a scintillating start smashing 17 runs off his first six balls as Stanlake's (1 for 43) golden touch from the tri-series opener deserted him. Mark Wood and Rashid were the other wicket-takers but they were beaten by the brilliance of one player.

"We ended up being about 20-25 [runs] short", Morgan added.

In the final global fixture of the Australian season, ending England's 14-week tour Down Under, the old rivals battle in game three at the MCG on February 10, before the New Zealand leg of this series commences.

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