Naturally, all eyes were on Maxwell in the T20Is and his performances have proved that he remains integral to Australia's limited overs game.
Maxwell has been on a roll in this T20I Series so far: He is yet to be dismissed in this series and has played two brilliant innings for his team in this series. He scored a 40* against New Zealand and followed it up with an unbeaten 103 against England.
He remains the highest scorer in the series with 143 runs and a strike rate of 174.39.
Maxwell in the shortest format of the game has been the go-to man for the Aussies. If we look at the Top 5 run scorers for Australia since 2016 world Cup, Maxwell heads the list.
Maxwell has scored 371 runs in 6 matches at an average of 185.50 post 2016 World Cup. During this span he has hit two T20I tons, which is the most by an Australian batsman. His tons:
▪ 145* Vs Sri Lanka at Pallekele in 2016.
▪ 103* Vs England at Sydney in 2018.
Head is second on the list with 182 runs in 8 matches followed by Finch (158), Henriques (146) and Klinger (143) respectively: As context, Maxwell has scored more T20I runs than the next two-highest Australians combined.
However, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Maxwell hasn’t been amongst the runs in the shortest format. In his 4 matches thus far, he has scored just 11 runs at an average of 3.66. Maxwell’s worst.
First Published: February 9, 2018, 12:07 PM IST