Australia v England: Twenty20 tri-series game two

Australia v England: Twenty20 tri-series game two

Maxwell, who went on to finish the match with a six to reach a century, was hopeful the TV replay would reprieve him after the misjudged lofted drive off Adil Rashid found its way to long-off.

During the one-day series, an important soft signal call went England's way when Steven Smith was dismissed in Sydney but, in their opening T20 of the tri-series in Hobart, the on-field umpire's view was not enough to claim Glenn Maxwell when the third umpire ruled Jason Roy had not got his fingers under the ball.

Australia captain David Warner said: "The last game was similar to how this pitch will play".

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 worldwide victory over England on Wednesday.

Willey's use of the new ball had given England a chance, but Rashid was by a distance the best of England's bowlers, flighting the ball teasingly and spinning it both ways to deceive more than one Australian batsman.

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. The Victorian stood up amid a stuttering Australian innings, which started disastrously at 4 for 2. Two balls later, Willey knocked over T20 superstar Chris Lynn with a beauty as England came storming back into the contest. 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.

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Supported by surviving opener D'Arcy Short, Maxwell led the charge, as Chris Jordan (0-34) and then Rashid conceded 15 runs off consecutive overs. "But I can understand how it got overturned".

England were without four players when they tuned up for the series with a demolition job on the Prime Minister's XI in Canberra, but are looking healthier after a couple of days in Tasmania.

But he scored just four on debut as Australia cantered to a seven-wicket win against New Zealand at the SCG on Saturday. Roy's stay at the crease was brief after being deceived by a wide slower ball from Kane Richardson in the second over but runs flowed at the other end.

After the fall of Jason Roy (9), Alex Hales (22) and Dawid Malan (50) laid a solid foundation for a huge score but Eoin Morgan's men kept losing wickets and could not capitalise on a good start.

Eventually, they ended their innings at 155/9 after 20 overs.

Crafty bowling by spinners Maxwell (3-10) and Ashton Agar (2-15) dragged England back, though, and they fell from 3-109 to 9-137.

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