Maxwell hundred leads Australia's cruise to 156

David Willey was on form during the warm-up match which bodes well for the tri-series

David Willey was on form during the warm-up match which bodes well for the tri-series

"Wickets were followed by runs to guide the Australians home for the second time in as many matches, though Maxwell was fortunate to be reprieved when 53 were still required with six wickets in hand".

"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". All the other pace bowlers picked a wicket each as the visitors could add only 59 runs in the last 10 overs and lost 6 wickets.

Glenn Maxwell was swinging big at Bellerive Oval.

With Australia 98 for 4 Jason Roy appeared to have caught Maxwell in the deep but the third umpire ruled he hadn't got his fingers under the ball.

Despite Hales being dropped by Maxwell in the same over, England continued to attack.

Maxwell was pivotal in that with his bowling claiming three key wickets, those of Morgan, top-scorer Dawid Malan and late in the piece David Willey. The turn extracted from the Hobart pitch also raised the question about whether Liam Dawson's slow left-arm might have been useful.

Captain David Warner smashed the first ball of the innings for four off paceman David Willey but was dismissed the following delivery to continue his poor form since the Ashes.

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29 runs in five overs had squeezed the pressure on England and Malan top-edged Maxwell to Tye shortly after reaching 50. Short crashed the biggest six of the night, a roasting pull shot off Willey, while Maxwell found multiple ways to and over the boundary in manners both orthodox and Maxwellian.

Earlier England was strangled by Australia's spinners.

Earlier, Maxwell delivered a dagger to the men in red and blue when he set up a hat-trick attempt. It was comfortable enough for Maxwell to monopolise the strike at the end and so go onto his second T20I hundred. The major concern for England will be Jason Roy, who might not be available after picking up a back spasm during a warm-up game.

Hales was the first of two caught-and-bowled dismissals for Agar, and when Morgan went, caught by Warner off Maxwell, it sparked a middle-order collapse.

Malan was caught on the rope by Andrew Tye for Maxwell's second, and David Willey (3) danced down the track next ball to give Alex Carey his first worldwide stumping.

The Aussies won the toss and put England in to bat first. England scored a reasonable 155 runs for the loss of nine wickets in their allotted 20 overs. However, the wicket England desperately wanted was that of Maxwell as he cruised past 50 with his score only threatened when Hales dropped him on 40.

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