By Michael Stafford-Jones

  • Glenn Maxwell powers Australia to five-wicket win with brilliant unbeaten 103
  • Dawid Malan makes 50 but England collapse from 94-3 to 137-9
  • Maxwell also takes 3-10 with the ball, while David Willey takes 3-28 for England
HOBART, AUSTRALIA – Disappointing middle-order collapse costs England dearly as Glenn Maxwell blasts a hundred to ensure Australia chase down the visitors’ below-par total.

 

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England

Jason Roy – 2/10 – Made just 9 before failing to pick a slower ball from Kane Richardson and offering up an easy catch to Andrew Tye. Perhaps should have caught Glenn Maxwell more easily so that the batsman could not have been given the benefit of the doubt after the third umpire reviewed the decision.

Alex Hales – 4/10 – Got off to a promising start by hitting four crisp boundaries en route to 22, but then offered up a return catch to Ashton Agar. Poor drop off Maxwell in the field.

Dawid Malan – 8/10 – Timed the ball superbly to score fifty in his second T20I – just as he did when he made 78 on debut last summer.

Eoin Morgan – 4/10 – Raced to 22 off 14 balls with the help of two fours and a six, but was caught in the deep when he went for another big shot and executed it poorly.

Jos Buttler – 1/10 – With ten overs left and the stage set for an assault on the bowling, England’s talisman had a bad day and made just 5.

Sam Billings – 3/10 – Started energetically to reach 10 off 10 balls before looping a simple return catch to Agar. Took a good catch in the field.

David Willey – 7/10 – Danced out of his crease in a moment of madness to be stumped for just 3, and then largely atoned for that error by bowling well to take 3-28.

Chris Jordan – 4/10 – Never threatened enough with the ball during four wicketless but relatively economical overs that went for 34 runs. Made 16 useful runs with the bat including one enormous six.

Adil Rashid – 6/10 – Took the wicket of D’Arcy Short during a well-controlled spell of 1-28 in 4 overs. Played a rash shot to get out for 1.

Tom Curran – 2/10 – Expensive and ineffective with the ball. Hit one huge six then offered an easy catch when he attempted a repeat.

Mark Wood – 6/10 – Economical and occasionally threatening with ball in hand and dismissed Marcus Stoinis. Added five not out with the bat.

 

Australia

David Warner – 3/10 – Timed both balls he faced perfectly. The first one went to the boundary, the second straight into the hands of Hales. Used his many bowling options well to stifle England.

D’Arcy Short – 6/10 – Hit two fours and two sixes as he blazed 30 off 20 balls during a promising international debut.

Chris Lynn – 0/10 – Comprehensively bowled by Willey for a duck.

Glenn Maxwell – 10/10 – Scintillating 103 from one of the most destructive batsmen Australia has ever produced. Paced his innings intelligently to guide his team to victory. Dismissed Malan, Morgan and Willey as he also took 3-10 with the ball.

Travis Head – 1/10 – Got out for 6 to a beauty from Willey and went for 14 in the one over he bowled.

Marcus Stoinis – 5/10 – Snaffled the big wicket of Buttler during a tidy two-over spell of 1-16, but failed with the bat as he was dismissed by Wood for just 6.

Alex Carey – 5/10 – Finished on 5 not out as he joined Maxwell for the closing overs. Executed an easy stumping to dismiss Willey.

Ashton Agar – 8/10 – Removed Hales and Billings during an impressive spell of 2-15 in 3 overs which strangled England’s momentum. Both wickets were smartly-taken return catches.

Andrew Tye – 4/10 – Dismissed Curran during controlled spell of 1-28 in 4 overs.

Kane Richardson – 7/10 – Produced an excellent slower ball to deceive and dismiss Roy and earn his side an early breakthrough. Finished with good figures of 1-27 in 4 overs.

Billy Stanlake – 3/10 – Got smashed all around the ground by England’s big-hitters. Eventually took the wicket of Rashid but conceded 43 runs in his 4 overs.

 

England play Australia in another T20I in Melbourne at 8.20am on Saturday 10th February.

 

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