MAXWELL MASTERCLASS LEADS AUSSIES TO EMPHATIC VICTORY
Australia win by 34 runs
Glenn Maxwell produced a T20 batting clinic with the fifth century of his international career in the format.
Glenn Maxwell celebrated his return to what he rates as the best cricket pitch he's played on by producing another batting masterclass that led his team to a 34-run win over West Indies and an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match Dettol T20I Series.
In the wake of his record-equalling fifth T20I century, Maxwell revealed how much he enjoyed batting at Adelaide Oval for Melbourne Stars during the recently completed BBL season and was hoping he would get another opportunity to play a long innings there this summer.
His chance came tonight when, batting at number four, he went to the wicket in the sixth over and duly carried Australia to 4-241 - their highest 20-over men's total on home soil – with an unbeaten 120 off 55 balls.
"I played here on the New Year's Eve game, and it was probably the best wicket I've ever played on," Maxwell said in the wake of his player-of-the-match performance.
"I think I got 30, and I don't think I missed the middle of the bat from ball one and I felt like this was the best wicket I've ever played on, and I stuffed it up that night or I got over-excited and tried to do too much.
"So I just thought tonight if I gave myself a chance to make sure I cashed in and batted for as long as I possible could."
The huge total meant West Indies needed their biggest-ever T20 score batting second, but not even the renowned finishing skills of Andre Russell (37 off 16) and captain Rovman Powell (63 off 36) could get them home after they slumped to 5-63 in the seventh over.
The game might have ended earlier in the penultimate over when Alzarri Joseph was run out by Spencer Johnson at the bowler's end, but despite the conclusive video evidence umpire Gerard Abood ruled in the batter's favour claiming the Australia fielders failed to appeal.
Maxwell's knock, which came just months after single-handedly carrying Australia to victory over Afghanistan at the ICC ODI World Cup where he scored an unbeaten double century, also highlighted the batting riches his team takes into the upcoming T20 World Cup later this year.