février 21, 2024

Glenn Maxwell record-equalling fifth T20I International century, Rohit Sharma; Australia wins by 34 runs

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By Anna Pavlou and Lachlan Harper

UPDATED: Glenn Maxwell has once again put on a masterclass, smashing his way to 120 off just 55 balls in Australia’s second 34-run win against the West Indies.

It was Maxwell’s fifth T20I century across his decorated career, which puts him equal with India’s Rohit Sharma, also on five.

At the Adelaide Oval, the Victorian smashed 20 boundaries off 55 deliveries, making 96 runs off his 120 through 4s and 6s alone.

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The veteran batsman’s unbeaten total helped Australia to 4-241 after 20 overs before the West Indies could only muster 9-207 in response.

« Maxwell the magician. A simply brilliant innings, he’s put on a show in Adelaide, » Mark Howard said on Fox.

Glenn Maxwell now sits with the equal-most T20I centuries, with five to his name. (Cricket Australia via Getty Imag)

« They’ve seen a maestro at work, » Adam Gilchrist added.

Gilchrist’s praise of the 35-year-old continued after he was rested for the host’s recent ODI series against the Windies.

« He just knows how to turn it on. He just played to all parts of the ground, » Gilchrist said on Fox.

« Every different delivery he was presented with, he seemed to have one, two options to go with. He certainly got himself into the zone. »

His insane innings is the highest ever Australian T20I score on home soil, as well as the fourth highest recorded by an Australian ever.

Fellow Victorian and former Australian T20 captain Aaron Finch also declared Maxwell « almost impossible to stop » after yet another commanding performance.

« Outrageous again, » Finch said on X.

« Once he is going, almost impossible to stop!! »

Glenn Maxwell was congratulated by Jason Holder. (Getty)

Maxwell spoke of the enjoyment he felt at the crease, as he propelled Australia to their highest ever T20I score at the Adelaide Oval.

« It was good fun that’s for sure … it’s a really nice wicket, it’s always been good batting here at the Adelaide Oval, » Maxwell said.

« I was trying to give myself the best chance to use my hands to guide it through a gap or over the infield and that really seemed to work for me.

« I’ve had a few cursed Adelaide trips … so it’s nice to make this a positive one. »

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