England left to lament controversial Glenn Maxwell catch call in Twenty20


Australia needed two runs to win their T20I at Bellerive Oval against England, and a exhausted Glenn Maxwell wanted Alex Carey to finish things off - but the wicketkeeper would have none of it with the Big Show within reach of a century. It was deja-vu in the following six ball stint as another aggressive approach resulted in a further 15 runs off spinner Rashid as Australia threatened to run away with their chase.

He was on 97 with Australia needing just one run to win in the penultimate over before smashing a six over deep square leg off Mark Wood, sparking wild celebrations. "I trust the player's call, I agreed with the on-field umpire at the time, but I can understand how it got overturned", he said.

Jason Roy initially looked to have dismissed Maxwell - nicknamed "The Big Show" for his explosive displays - who was also dropped by Alex Hales, on 59 following a catch in the deep, although the third umpire eventually overturned the decision in a moment of controversy.

Two balls later, Chris Lynn was walking back to the pavilion for a duck after having his stumps rattled. Short crashed the biggest six of the night, a roasting pull shot off Willey, while Maxwell found multiple ways to and over the boundary in manners both orthodox and Maxwellian.

These early incisions gave England a chance, but Short and Maxwell were not unduly concerned by the required run rate and so were able to play with relative comfort in their distinctive styles.

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

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The limited-overs specialist struck 103* off 58 deliveries at the Bellerive Oval - including one final authoritative six - to add to his impressive bowling figures of 3-10 and ensure that the hosts successfully chased down a target of 156 in the Twenty20 clash.

Game one star Billy Stanlake loomed as an intimidating presence but England audaciously met fire with fire with opener Roy hitting the towering quick over cover on the first ball to set the tone.

However the game was changed by the introduction of the canny Agar, who drew a closed bat face and a return catch from Hales with his first ball - completing the catch despite being unsighted due to the non-striker Malan.

England earlier got off to a flying start as Alex Hales, Dawid Malan and Eoin Morgan got their eye in quickly, as the visitors reached 94-2 within ten overs.

The Poms limped to 155 runs from their 20 overs. Malan was the only England batsman to have scored a fifty in the innings, with the second-highest scorer being 22.

England are hoping to take their ODI form into the T20 tri-series after winning 4-1. He fell shortly after reaching his half-century as England spiralled to 126-6 and headlong into a disappointing total.