Glenn Maxwell starred with the ball and then benefited from both a drop and a contentious umpiring decision to lead Australia's successful run chase with a century in a five-wicket Twenty20 global victory over England on Wednesday. He scored an unbeaten 40 in the first match of the series on Saturday to guide Australia to a seven wicket win over New Zealand and helped it Wednesday continue an unbeaten start to the series.
All-rounder Glenn Maxwell smashed an unbeaten 103 runs from just 58 balls Wednesday as Australia completed a five-wicket victory over England in Game 2 of the Trans-Tasman Twenty20 Tri-Series.
That meant that despite late contributions from Chris Jordan (16 not out) and Mark Wood (five not out), England left its bowlers with too much to do.
Living dangerously, Maxwell was badly dropped on 40 by Alex Hales at backward square leg but powered on to make the most of his good fortune.
As with England, Australia started to find runs hard to come by midway through their innings.
Chasing 156 to win, the hosts fell to 4 for 2 in the first over as David Willey removed David Warner and Chris Lynn.
Despite the early setbacks, BBL dynamo D'Arcy Short flamboyantly attacked as he smashed 17 runs off his first 6 deliveries punctuated by a powerful pulled six off danger man Willey.
Maxwell looked to have holed out in the 13th over, with Jason Roy scooping up a low catch in the deep off leg spinner Adil Rashid.
Glenn Maxwell cashed in on a debatable decision and powered Australia to victory in Hobart
But Morgan's dismissal - skying a catch to Warner off Maxwell's off-spin - started the crumble.
A hamstring injury has kept top-order batsman Aaron Finch sidelined since he played in Australia's third ODI against England on January 21. Chasing England's total of 155/9 at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart, Australia notched up 161/5 with nine balls to spare.
England are hoping to take their ODI form into the T20 tri-series after winning 4-1.
England, who were put in by Australia, were off to a bright start with Dawid Malan starring with a 36-ball 50. The newly minted speed sensation, who starred with 3-15 at the SCG, thudded back to earth and conceded 27 runs in his opening two overs.
He dismissed England captain Eoin Morgan (22) and David Willey (3), stumped by wicketkeeper Alex Carey from a ball which gripped, bounced and turned. Certainly, inside the first 10-overs, all looked well.
After being well positioned at 94-2 in the 10th over, England spectacularly lost 7 for 43 as Australia wrestled back control through cunning quick Andrew Tye along with spinners Agar (2-15) and Maxwell (3-10). He fell shortly after reaching his half-century as England spiralled to 126-6 and headlong into a disappointing total.
Maxwell launched a six to seal victory and reached a second global T20 ton as the hosts passed England's 155-9 with nine deliveries to spare on Wednesday night. Tye finished with 1-28.
However, with Aaron Finch around and a hard-hitting middle-order - Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis - in place, Australia do have an explosive edge.