Australian all-rounder, Glenn Maxwell has been missed from Australia’s limited-overs squad for a while. He made a statement for himself with an incredible performance with both bat and ball to power Australia to a five-wicket win over England in the second T20I on Wednesday (February 7).
With victory in sight, Maxwell assuredly put the foot down and memorably reached a brilliant century with a six to finish off the match in grand style. Talking about his innings, he said, “I told (batting partner) Alex Carey to get a two because I didn’t have that much left, but he got a single and said ‘there you go mate, good luck’.”
Of course, in trademark fashion, it was not an easy ride for Maxwell who was dropped on 40 and contentiously survived a claimed diving catch from Jason Roy shortly after. Among the collapsing Australian batting order chasing an average total of156, the ferocious batsman rode his luck and stood tall to showcase his sublime talents.
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When asked about his overturned catch, “I couldn’t really tell but there was obviously a lot of the ball showing from where we were. Obviously, the third umpire is there to do his job and he obviously saw the ball… some part of it touching the ground.”
Maxwell’s all-round heroics helped the Kangaroos as he picked up three vital wickets with his offspin to help stymie England’s vaunted batting order.
Since making his comeback in the fifth ODI, Maxwell has been a contributor in every match and his batting looks more compact despite the occasional impulsiveness. He said, “Missing out on the one-day squad and not playing any part in the Ashes, it was obvious where I wanted to be this summer. I had to do a lot of work behind the scenes and I feel I’ve done that and got back to the Aussie colors.”