T20 Tri-Series: Glenn Maxwell century powers Australia past England

Jessica Allison
February 8, 2018

And that was not forthcoming, with reviews proving inconclusive and giving Maxwell another life, to the disbelief of the Nine Network commentators.

In commentary for the Nine Network former Australian captain Michael Clarke said it was "100 per cent" out.

"He [Roy] has clearly got his fingers under the ball".

"Obviously I'm very happy, to start a T20 series off with two wins and to personally play well and contribute and play consistent cricket ... and finish the job for the team has been really pleasing", Maxwell said. "That is clearly out".

Maxwell needed a six to bring up his 100 before he tipped Australia past England's 9-155 and he obliged by launching Chris Jordan onto the hill to the roar of 9958 fans.

After captain David Warner won the toss and elected to field, the Aussies dismissed risky opener Jason Roy in just the second over before a few solid partnerships consolidated the innings for England.

It could have been so different, though, with only Maxwell and D'Arcy Short (30) passing double figures for Australia.

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

Video replays suggested the ball may have hit the turf before the fielder's hands, but Maxwell could certainly consider himself lucky.

Jason Roy England
Jason Roy was unhappy his catch did not count

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

"So we just thought we'd stay there, stick around and see what the umpires said". The rule states if the ball touches any part of the ground [it's not out] and it looked like it was touching part of the ground when it came up on the big screen.

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

Speaking after the match Morgan told TMS: "It looked out but I fully accept the decision was overturned, ultimately the third umpire is always right. In order to win the game, we had to get him out".

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 risky David Willey stumped next ball.

Maxwell was the pick of the bowlers, with 3-10 in his two overs, while Ashton Agar also took two wickets, in his 2-15 from three overs.

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

Maxwell (103no off 58) then completed his second T20I century and Australia's victory by walloping Mark Wood for six in the penultimate over, having earned a reprieve on 59 when the third umpire adjudged Jason Roy had failed to take a catch cleanly at long-off and overruled the soft signal of out.

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