Coming into bat at 73 for 5 in the 17th over of their innings chasing 303 to win, Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell said that the game situation was probably hit or bust given that they were reeling at that stage. Australia won the decider courtesy a double century stand between Alex Carey and Maxwell.
“I was thinking we haven’t got much to lose so I had a bit of freedom to try and take the bowling on and put some pressure on them. I suppose coming in 5-73 it’s probably hit or bust at that stage. If we lost another wicket in the next five or 10 overs it was pretty hard to expect the bowlers to do the job. So, once we started to build that partnership and take a couple of risks early and get away with them, we were able to rise with that momentum going forward” Maxwell said after his matchwinning ton for Australia.
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Glenn Maxwell- Alex Carey Stand 6th Highest For Australia in ODIs
The 212 run-stand between Glenn Maxwell (108) and Alex Carey (106) was the sixth highest was the highest sixth-wicket stand for Australia in ODIs – third-highest sixth-wicket stand overall – as they went past Michael Hussey and Brad Haddin’s partnership of 165 against West Indies in 2006.
“I really enjoyed the partnership, seeing him get his first ODI hundred is pretty nice, he works so damn hard. He’s one of the great guys to be around, I see him every day, he makes me smile. To see him get the rewards at the other end was extremely special and to beat the number one team on their home soil was awesome” Glenn Maxwell said on Carey’s knock.
On the other hand, this is the first time since 2015 that England lost an ODI series at home. England skipper Eoin Morgan hailed the character and resilience of his boys, in what was a competitive series.