With his ton at Bellerive Oval sending the Poms packing, Glenn Maxwell proved once again why he’s the Big Show, and big drawcard of Australian cricket this summer.
As fans continues to drift towards the high octane T20 version of the game, Maxwell is becoming indispensable to Australian cricket.
The T20 team has had multiple issues competing at the same level as the test side, but with 103 off 58 balls, at least they have a talisman in Maxwell.
To be fair, Big Show’s latest effort had its sore points, they always do. On 59, Maxwell came shiveringly close to caught over the top of Adil Rashid by the diving Jason Roy, but the replay gave him a lifeline, and Maxwell took it with bat in hand.
The win moves Australia to two-from-two in the series, a startling turnaround in the side’s form, after a seven-wicket thumping of New Zealand in the rain-reduced match at the SCG.
"Obviously I'm very happy, to start a T20 series off with two wins and to personally play well and contribute and play consistent cricket … and finish the job for the team has been really pleasing," Maxwell told ABC Grandstand following the win.
"We haven't had much success in T20 cricket for a while now — our rating reflects that — so it was so imperative for this young group, this young exciting group to take us forward and win some games."