ODI tri-series final: All-round Maxwell demolishes England

Maxwell registered career-highs with both the bat and ball

Maxwell registered career-highs with both the bat and ball

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Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell scored 95 and took four wickets to help his side demolish England by 112 runs in the ODI tri-series final in Perth

Maxwell was well supported by all-rounders Mitchell Marsh and James Faulkner, who made 60 and 50 not out respectively.

England captain Eoin Morgan would have been thrilled with his decision to bowl first after it took James Anderson just three balls to dismiss Aaron Finch for a duck.

David Warner only made 12 runs before he was caught by James Taylor at point off the bowling of Anderson.

Australia skipper George Bailey failed to have an impact with the bat as he was caught by Taylor at short leg off the bowling of Stuart Broad for two runs.

Steven Smith managed to make 40 runs before he was stumped by Jos Buttler off the bowling of Moeen Ali.

Maxwell and Marsh stabilised the innings with a 141-run partnership, during which Maxwell brought up his half-century, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Broad.

Maxwell’s career-best knock of 95 came off 98 balls and included 15 boundaries.

Marsh went on to score 60 off 68 deliveries, which included seven boundaries and a six, before he was run out by Buttler.

Marsh played some superb shots during his innings of 60

Marsh played some superb shots during his innings of 60

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Brad Haddin mustered nine runs before he was caught by Taylor at midwicket off the bowling of Broad.

Mitchell Johnson scored three runs before he was caught by Morgan at extra cover off the bowling of Steven Finn.

Thanks to Faulkner’s unbeaten knock of 50, which came off 24 balls and included four boundaries and four sixes, Australia finished on 278/8 off their 50 overs.

Faulkner smashed four boundaries and four sixes during his unbeaten knock of 50

Faulkner smashed four boundaries and four sixes during his unbeaten knock of 50

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Broad was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Anderson snapped up two and Finn and Ali chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 279 to win, England got off to a poor start as opening batsman Ian Bell was caught behind off the bowling of Josh Hazlewood for eight runs.

Taylor only made four runs before he was caught by Maxwell at backward point off the bowling of Johnson.

However, there was some controversy surrounding Taylor’s dismissal as it seemed that Johnson may have stepped over the line.

Ali managed to make 26 runs before he was caught by Finch at first slip off the bowling of Johnson.

Johnson struck again the very next ball as he produced an absolute beaut of a delivery to clean up Morgan for a golden duck.

Joe Root scored 25 runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Faulkner.

Buttler fared no better as he was caught by Pat Cummins, who was the substitute fielder, at short third man off the bowling of Maxwell for 17.

Maxwell picked up his second wicket the very next ball when he dismissed Chris Woakes caught and bowled for a golden duck.

Broad made a quickfire 24 before he was caught by Cummins at deep midwicket off the bowling of Maxwell.

Ravi Bopara mustered 33 runs before he was caught by Bailey at extra cover off the bowling of Maxwell.

Bopara was England's top-scorer with 33 runs

Bopara was England’s top scorer with 33 runs

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England were bowled out for 166 when Finn was clean bowled by Hazlewood for six runs.

Maxwell was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Johnson took three, Hazlewood got two and Faulkner claimed one.

Morgan was disappointed with his side’s performance, and said: “We could have kept them to a bit less. We had the best of the batting surface. Did not help ourselves with the shots we played. We keep grafting and learning as we go along, we have made huge strides in the weeks we have been here. To have a place in the final we have played some good cricket.”

Bailey was ecstatic to have won the final, and said: “Great to see Maxwell and Marsh rein in their natural games a bit and get us through. James can be a bit dramatic so I hope he is okay. We want to have as many guys in form as possible.”

Maxwell was named Man of the Match, and said: “I have screwed it a few times before, it was nice to get through to that 40th over. I am just going to try and get past that three-figure mark. I was made aware of that.”

Mitchell Starc was named Man of the Series, and said: “I have been working hard with Craig McDermott to improve every day. We bowled well as a unit through the series. Important to use the new ball and swing, I am not going to drop my pace [in order] to [try and] get it to swing.”

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