Australia vs England tri-series final: Maxwell leads Aussies to victory

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A career-best performance by much-maligned all-rounder Glenn Maxwell inspired Australia to a crushing win over England in the one-day international tri-series final at the WACA Ground on Sunday.

Maxwell took the highest score of 95 to help Australia recover from a poor start to make 278 for eight, winning by 112 runs.

He then took four wickets and a fine catch as England crumbled in the run chase to be dismissed for just 166 in 39.1 overs.

England, who will face Australia in the World Cup opener later this month, were never in the hunt after returning paceman Mitchell Johnson (3-27) claimed three quick wickets to have them 46 for four.

He made a hat-trick after removing Moeen Ali for 26 and then England skipper Eoin Morgan, who was bowled without offering a shot from successive balls.

Maxwell (4-46) also found himself on a hat-trick after removing Jos Buttler (17) and the hapless Chris Woakes, who had a match to forget, with successive deliveries.

Australia beat England by 112 runs in the one-day international tri-series final at the WACA Ground in Perth on Sunday.

England made 166 from 39.1 overs in reply to Australia's 278 for eight.

A career-best one-day international score by much-maligned all-rounder Glenn Maxwell helped Australia recover from a shaky start in the tri-series final against England on Sunday.

After being put in to bat at the WACA Ground by England skipper Eoin Morgan, the home side slumped for 60 for four against some good early bowling from James Anderson.

However, a 141-run partnership between Maxwell and local favourite Mitchell Marsh helped Australia recover to post 278 for eight off their 50 overs, as they tried to finish the limited-overs contest unbeaten before the upcoming World Cup.

The series also involved India.

Maxwell was a marginal selection in Australia's World Cup squad after his indifferent form over the past 12 months.
But he showed his value with a typically inventive innings that was a mixture of bewildering and brilliant strokes.

He and Marsh set a new WACA record for a fifth-wicket stand in a one-day international, and Maxwell looked set for his first one-day international hundred as he passed his previous best of 93.

However, another audacious stroke brought about his demise for 95, caught behind by Jos Buttler after top-edging an attempted pull shot off Stuart Broad (3-55).

Maxwell had faced 98 balls and hit 15 fours.

Marsh offered great support, displaying his powerful strokeplay in making 60 from 68 balls, with seven fours and one six, before being run out.

The pair came together when Australia were in trouble after the loss of the in-form Steve Smith for 40, stumped at the second attempt by Buttler off the bowling of Moeen Ali.

Anderson (2-38) had earlier made two precious early breakthroughs, removing openers Aaron Finch (0) and Dave Warner (12).

Stand-in skipper George Bailey's dry run with the bat continued when he made just two from 17 balls before popping up a catch to James Taylor at short-leg off the bowling of Broad.

With much attention on whether regular captain Michael Clarke will be fit for the World Cup, Bailey faces a battle to retain his spot in Australia's best 11, with just 235 runs at 16.78 in his last 14 ODI innings.

Australia's total was boosted by a lusty unbeaten 50 - off just 24 balls and including four sixes - by James Faulkner in the dying overs.

The right-hander took 22 runs off the last four balls of the 49th over by Chris Woakes, who went wicketless and conceded 89 runs from his 10 overs.

Faulkner then pulled Steven Finn into the crowd at square leg to bring up his half-century from the last ball of the innings.

Maxwell gets another boundary with a paddle reverse sweep off Ali. Aus 139-4, 34 overs.

Maxwell brings up his ninth ODI half century off 65 balls with a reverse sweep to the fence off Moeen. Aus 120-4, 30 overs.

Maxwell looks in good nick as he blasts away although Australia have been pegged back by England. Aus 103-4, 25 overs.

Maxwell is turning it on thumping a couple of boundaries off Finn. Aus 82-4, 21 overs.

Maxwell gets going slamming a couple of boundaries on either side of the wicket off Finn. Aus 68-4, 19 overs.

Moeen Ali strikes in his first over taking the prized wicket of Smith. Aus 60-4, 17.4 overs.

Steve Smith st Buttler b Ali 40 (50b 5x4 0x6)

Broad bowls a maiden to Maxwell as drinks are taken. Aus 55-3, 16 overs.

Smith has smacked Broad for another boundary through midwicket. Aus 54-3, 14 overs.

Bailey gets off the mark after 16 balls but is out next ball as Broad strikes with a steepling delivery. Aus 46-3, 12 overs.

George Bailey c Taylor b Broad 2 (17b 0x4 0x6)

Shaky start by Australia after Anderson removes both openers Finch and Warner. Aus 42-2, 10 overs.

Anderson bowls a maiden to Bailey. Aus 39-2, 9 overs.

Smith slams Woakes through mid-off as Australia continue to counter attack. Aus 39-2, 8 overs.

Anderson has struck another deadly blow beaten by the extra bounce and nudging a catch to point. Aus 33-2, 6.1 overs.

David Warner c Taylor b Anderson 12 (18b 2x4 0x6)

Smith is on song slamming a couple of boundaries off Woakes down the ground and whipping through square leg. Aus 33-1, 6 overs.

Warner punches Woakes through the covers for another boundary as Australia counter attack after the loss of Finch. Aus 22-1, 4 overs.

Smith hits his first boundary cracking Woakes to backward point.

Warner hits the first boundary of the match nudging Anderson to fine leg. Aus 13-1, 3 overs.

Anderson strikes with his third delivery removing Finch with a superb outswinger which is prodded to first slip. Aus 0-1, 0.3 overs.

Aaron Finch c Root b Anderson 0 (3b 0x4 0x6)

England have won the toss and put Australia into bat in the Tri-series final at the WACA in Perth on Sunday.


The tourists are unchanged while Johnson comes in for Doherty.

Teams

Australia
- AJ Finch, DA Warner, SPD Smith, GJ Bailey, GJ Maxwell, MR Marsh, BJ Haddin, JP Faulkner, MA Starc, MG Johnson, JR Hazlewood

England - IR Bell, MM Ali, JWA Taylor, JE Root, EJG Morgan, RS Bopara, JC Buttler, CR Woakes, SCJ Broad, JM Anderson, ST Finn

 

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