Glenn Maxwell steered Australia towards a fantastic victory with a flamboyant innings in the must-win game against West Indies that took Australia in the final of the tri-series.
Australia needed 62 off 50 deliveries when Maxwell walked in, the young Mitchell Marsh was at the other end. Maxwell couldn’t get into double figures in the last five games.
Mitchell Marsh told after the match, “I said give yourself a few balls mate and then go for it.” Marsh was at the other innings and was enjoying Maxwell’s furious innings, I was literally speechless at the other end watching an innings like that. Maxi has had a lot of doubt and hasn’t been in the greatest of form but an innings like that tonight shows why he’s one of the first picked in this side, because he’s so dangerous and can win us games like that in a few overs. Really rapt for him.”
He further said, “He actually told me we’ll just take them for ones. Next thing he’s playing a reverse-sweep for six. I absolutely loved it. Maxi is a free spirit, you’ve just got to let him go and do what he does. When it comes off like that it’s unbelievable to watch.”
Maxwell took Australia over the line with eight balls to spare, the two rising stars of Australia had a wonderful partnership of 62 runs.
Before Maxwell, Marsh had a steady partnership with his skipper, Steve Smith of 122 runs that put Australia in a stronger position.
Marsh came to the crease when Australia was struggling with a score of 99/3 chasing 283 runs.
Marsh struck 79 off 85 deliveries and called it one of the best innings of his, “It’s right up there, I think any time you can bat through an innings and be not out in a win in a crucial chase like that, it’s very satisfying,” he further said, “I’ve put in a lot of work. I haven’t had much of an opportunity – well, I have, but I haven’t taken them in this series. So it was really nice to step up and get us over the line.”
Australia will play the final of the tri-series on Sunday at Barbados against the winner of West Indies and South Africa’s contest.