Glenn Maxwell and Alex Carey both hit brilliant hundreds when Australia recorded a dramatic streak win over world champions England on Wednesday in the third one-day international at Old Trafford. Australia, which was chasing a target of 303, was almost out of the game at 73-5 when Maxwell came into the fold. But an Australia record sixth wicket stand of 212 between Carey (106) and Maxwell (108) helped give the tourists a 2-1 success as England suffered their first home ODI series defeat in five years.
Previously, Jonny Bairstow had revived England from the depths of 0-2 with a stunning hundred that saw them to 302-7 after the opener watched from the other side as speedy Mitchell Starc with left arm Jason Roy and Test captain Joe Root with the first two balls of the game.
Sam Billings (57) and Chris Woakes (53 not out) also hit valuable fifties.
Maxwell’s hundred was only his second century in 113 games at this level, with Carey’s innings being the first century’s wicket-keeper in his 39th ODI.
But when Maxwell ran out of leg spinner Adil Rashid, Australia needed 18 of the 15 balls. That became 10 out of six when Carey, whose century came from 106 balls, was caught excellent by a diving Mark Wood on Jofra Archer’s third man.
New batsman Starc, however, hit his first ball, from Rashid, for six and sealed the win with two balls over with a four.
“It probably wasn’t the ideal situation when I came in, but being the last hitter I think I had a little bit of license to go for it from the start,” Maxwell told Sky Sports.
“ We thought if we could take it as deep as we could, myself and Alex, we might be a shot at the rear. ”
– ‘Too good for us’ –
England captain Eoin Morgan said Australia was “too good for us”, adding: “Losing two wickets for no runs and then over 300 posts is a huge positive for us. I think Jonny Bairstow today was excellent.
“Carey and Maxwell played extremely well.”
England were left on the rue de Carey was caught on nine of an Archer no-ball when they ended a coronavirus hit season by suffering their first series defeat in 18 games across all formats.
Australia’s success was all the more creditable as star hitter Steve Smith missed all three games after a head injury in the nets.
Tempo bowler Woakes took the first two wickets early in the pursuit of Australia, with captain Aaron Finch lbw and Marcus Stoinis ahead at midwicket.
And Australia was 55-4 when Morgan saw his decision to let Root score, rewarded with the occasional off-spinner who took two wickets for three runs in six balls.
Root clean bowled David Warner (24) with a fine delivery who fell into the left-handed corner before turning away sharply.
He let all-rounder Mitchell Marsh spoon a simple catch to wicket-keeper Jos Buttler.
And when Marnus Labuschagne ran out, Australia was left 73-5 in the 17th.
But the great Maxwell, the last of Australia’s recognized hitter, took advantage of a short boundary, bringing in a hundred of 84 balls with his seventh six, on medium-sized Tom Curran.
– Dramatic start –
Morgan won the coin toss and hit another pitch.
But from the first ball, Roy pushed a ride back from Starc.
Next ball had Starc Root lbw with an inswinger, the batsman had no problem with a review.
Left-handed Morgan survived the hat-trick before Billings gave Bairstow excellent support, completing a 53-ball fifty before becoming one of three wickets for in-form leg spinner Adam Zampa.
Bairstow went into his century in style with a six leg of a 90 mph delivery from Pat Cummins.
Bairstow’s tenth century in 83 ODIs came from 116 balls, including 10 fours and two sixes, before being bowled by Cummins’ slower ball.
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