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Maxwell survives to steer Australia past England

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"I told him to get a two, because I had not much left in me, and he goes, "yeah, sure", and then (he) punched one (for a single) and walked down to me and said 'there you go, good luck, '" Maxwell told Grandstand after the match.

Following an opening victory over New Zealand in Sydney on Saturday, Australia beat England by 5 wickets to record their second win in the Twenty20 triangular series at Bellerive Oval in Hobart on Wednesday.

Australia captain David Warner said: "The last game was similar to how this pitch will play".

Maxwell finished with 103 off 58 balls, with 10 fours and four maximums, following a star turn with the ball where he took 3 for 10 off two overs in England's innings. On what turned out to be the final ball, the 29-year-old smashed a six over deep mid-wicket to reach his ton and finish the match in style.

Willey was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Rashid and Mark Wood claimed one wicket each. Five overs later controversy erupted after a Jason Roy catch was ruled not out by the third umpire.

Australia: David Warner (capt), Aaron Finch, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey (wk), Ben Dwarshuis, Travis Head, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, D'Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa. Two balls later, Willey knocked over T20 superstar Chris Lynn with a beauty as England came storming back into the contest. He struck ten boundaries and four massive sixes.

In-form Short (30 from 20 balls) looked set for a breakout knock at the worldwide level but hammered a return catch to Rashid, whose wily turn was getting England back into the contest.

In a stand-out all-round performance, Maxwell chipped in with three wickets as England spluttered to 9-155.

The match takes place at the Bellerive Oval, Hobart.

England's bold batting order continued rollicking in similar fashion to their explosive deeds in the recent ODI series, which they convincingly triumphed 4-1.

Australia are now atop the standings in the inaugural triangular T20 tournament after notching up a comfortable seven-wicket victory over New Zealand at the SCG on February 3.

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 global stumping.

England, who were put in by Australia, were off to a bright start with Dawid Malan starring with a 36-ball 50.

Eventually, they ended their innings at 155/9 after 20 overs. The spinner tempted Hales into a chip down the ground that he failed to squeeze past Agar who held on for a caught and bowled to dismiss the opener for 22.

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