Grateful Maxwell’s gift for Carey
Glenn Maxwell was duly lauded for his spectacular match-winning century against England in Wednesday night’s second match of the Gillette T20 tri-series.
The Victorian became the only Australian to have two T20I tons next to his name after blasting an unbeaten 103 from 58 deliveries, highlighted by 10 boundaries and four sixes, at Blundstone Arena.
But the man at the other end when Maxwell cleared the rope to reach the milestone and secure Australia victory with nine balls to spare also deserves recognition.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey, playing in his first international T20 series, played a key role in Maxwell’s march to three figures.
With Australia needing two runs to win, the left-hander took a single from the first delivery of the 19th over with Maxwell on 97.
A dot ball followed before Maxwell hammered England paceman Mark Wood over deep mid-wicket to complete his century.
Maxwell acknowledged Carey in the rooms after the match, presenting him with a signed Kookaburra bat.
“To Alex, thanks for getting that single. Great partnership again. Best wishes,” the message read.
The gesture had some light-heartedness attached, with Maxwell writing ‘103’ under his signature.
Maxwell is yet to be dismissed in the ongoing T20 tri-series, having made an unbeaten 40 in the tournament opener against New Zealand.
He is enjoying a golden summer and is presently the JLT Sheffield Shield’s leading run-scorer, hammering a career-best 278 against NSW in December.
The 29-year-old was also the Melbourne Stars’ leading run-scorer in the KFC BBL and has now struck 143 runs in the first two T20Is of this series without being dismissed.
“The positive thing for me with this summer is that when I’ve come back into the Australian team, I’ve been in good form leading into it,” Maxwell said on Wednesday.
“The pleasing thing for me this summer, it’s been a lot more consistent,” he said.
“I’ve been able to consistently get involved in the game and be influential in certain parts. That’s probably the biggest change from this summer (to) last summer where there were mixed results that didn’t warrant selections back into the (national) side.
“I was probably lucky enough to get my opportunity and then get the same scattered results after that.”