Maxwell Decision Frustrates Morgan | Australia vs. England | 1st T20I | Feb 07 - 2018
By Stuart Garlick
2nd T20I: Australia vs. England, Feb 07, 2018, Cricket highlights
Glenn Maxwell showed there would be no T20 respite for England as the Tri-Series hit Hobart on Wednesday. Maxwell hit a 58-ball century as Australia showed they know how to pick apart this fragile visiting side, whatever the form of the game. Once again England were undone by one excellent batting performance and a decent supporting cast, plus a lack of any penetration in batting or bowling on their side. Alex Hales, touring rather later than he would have hoped due to the Ben Stokes incident, hit 22, but he and Jason Roy were expected to take the game, aggressively, to Australia. They were prevented from doing this by excellent bowling from the likes of Ashton Agar, whose spin claimed two wickets, including that of Hales. Sam Billings was the other victim of the twirler, after 10 runs.
Adil Rashid and Chris Jordan, now considered specialists in the shorter forms of the game, were both expensive, losing 34 and 30 runs in their four overs each, while David Willey's three Aussie wickets made the scoreline at least look a little more flattering. The main controversy came from Maxwell's seeming dismissal, on 59 at the time, being overturned by DRS, after the umpire had been happy with Jason Roy's catch. Eoin Morgan seemed magnanimous about the decision, but he will have been desperate for this result to go England's way.