England lose to Australia in Twenty20 Tri-Series game

Last Updated February 07 2018, 12:40Cricket
Glenn Maxwell celebrates
Glenn Maxwell celebrates

England slipped to a five-wicket defeat against Australia in their Twenty20 Tri-Series opener in Hobart following Glenn Maxwell's unbeaten hundred and a slice of controversy.

Dawid Malan, who smashed 78 from 60 balls on debut against South Africa in Cardiff in June, top scored with 50 from 36 deliveries as the tourists slumped from 94-2 towards halfway to post 155-9 from their 20 overs.

David Willey, who hit five sixes and a four in one Nathan Lyon over in England's warm-up against a Prime Minister's XI, was stumped on the slog for three off Maxwell (3-10), a ball after Malan had been caught in the deep, as England lost 7-43 once Eoin Morgan (22) became Maxwell's first victim.

Maxwell (103no off 58) then completed his second T20I century and Australia's victory by walloping Mark Wood for six over the leg side, having earned a reprieve on 59 when the third umpire adjudged Jason Roy had failed to take a catch cleanly at long-off and overruled the soft signal of out.

Maxwell saw Australia to their target with nine balls remaining and to two wins from two in the tournament following their rain-affected, seven-wicket victory over New Zealand in Sydney on Saturday.

Seamer Billy Stanlake claimed 3-15 against the Black Caps - but was punished by England early on in Hobart after the tourists were inserted by David Warner, with his first three overs taken for 35 runs.

Malan smashed the second, fourth and fifth balls he faced for boundaries en route to a 34-ball fifty, which included five fours and two sixes, before he perished on the slog sweep amid the collapse.

Chris Jordan (16no off 11) and Tom Curran (6no off two) put on an unbroken 18 for the final wicket and Willey (3-28) then snared two wickets in the first over of Australia's reply - Warner (4) and Chris Lynn (0) the men to fall.

Maxwell and D'Arcy Short (30 off 20) - the top run scorer in the 2017/18 Big Bash League - blazed a third-wicket stand of 78 in eight overs, during which Maxwell was dropped by Hales on 40 at deep square and which ended when Rashid caught Short one-handed off his own bowling.

Rashid then thought he had Maxwell pouched safely in the deep by Roy but TV umpire Chris Brown disagreed and he went on to seal back-to-back wins for the hosts with his fourth six.

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