Glen Maxwell performance at Carlton MID final, helps Australia win the Tri-Series final, earning victory by 112 runs at the WACA Ground.
Having won the toss in unusually.overcast conditions in Perth, the tourists took advantage to reduce Australia to 60 for four in the 18th over.
With sunshine replacing cloud, Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Marsh responded via a game-changing stand worth 141. Maxwell caressed an international-best 95 from 98 deliveries and Marsh overcame a slow start to register 60.
England rallied, ousting both half-centurions and Brad Haddin in quick succession to leave the hosts 224 for seven in 45 overs. Yet James Faulkner hit four sixes in a 34-ball fifty, which he completed from the last delivery of Australia’s 278 for eight.
Forced to score at a swift rate, England’s chase never really got going.
Mitchell Johnson, playing his only match of the series, made sure of that. He first snared James Taylor with what was almost a front-foot no-ball, but in his next over ousted Moeen Ali and Eoin Morgan in successive deliveries en route to 3-27 from seven overs.
With Joe Root gone to Faulkner’s first ball, soon after which the seamer left the field with a side problem, it was Maxwell’s turn to take two in two.
Although Stuart Broad’s cameo offered entertainment, the game was up with 10.5 overs unused.
Maxwell’s 4-46 in addition his vital innings made him man of the match.
Victory for Australia means they have they have won all five of their Tri-Series fixtures, perfect preparation for the World Cup which starts for them with a Valentine’s Day date versus England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Despite today’s disappointment, England can take heart from reaching the final thanks to two wins over World Cup holders India.
James Anderson earlier offered an ideal start, having Aaron Finch held at first slip for nought with a beautiful away-swinger in the opening over.
Anderson struck again in the mandatory powerplay when David Warner spooned a full ball to backward point.
Steven Smith, in the form of his life, countered with smooth scoring but Broad discomforted George Bailey with a short ball, which the skipper looped to short-leg.
It was 60 for four when the advancing Smith was stumped in Moeen’s first over, only just as Jos Buttler initially fumbled and Smith was slow to return to his ground.
Maxwell responded with a fluent fifty. Usually a big hitter, today he swept and reverse-swept to good effect.
Marsh found scoring difficult early in his innings but grew in fluency, greeting the batting powerplay with a leg-side six off Woakes. That lit the touch-paper in five overs costing 46.
Maxwell tried to reach three figures with a maximum only to top-edge Broad to Buttler, who then had a hand in Marsh’s run-out thanks to a direct-hit after Anderson’s relay.
Haddin’s miscue of Broad to midwicket halted Australia’s momentum, but Faulkner launched into some lusty hitting. His fourth six heralded his half-century.
Anderson was England’s outstanding bowler with 2-38 while Woakes was particularly expensive, his 10 overs costing 89.
In the reply Haddin’s excellent right-handed catch gave Josh Hazlewood the early wicket of Ian Bell before an even more impressive take, by Maxwell at gully, saw Taylor became Johnson’s first victim.
Moeen, who had again bowled well, was undone by a short Johnson ball for 26 immediately before Morgan paid for shouldering arms to the paceman.
Another left-armer, Faulkner, trapped Root in front for 25, but not long after the bowler left the field midway through an over.
Maxwell then secured the match award by having Buttler held on the reverse-sweep and accepting a return catch from Woakes.
Broad smote Maxwell for a midwicket maximum and cheekily flicked Johnson over slip for another six, yet fell to Maxwell on the slog-sweep for 24 in 20 balls.
Ravi Bopara and Steven Finn took few risks leading up to and for much of the batting powerplay, until Bopara perished for 33 attempting to attack Maxwell and Finn was yorked by Hazlewood, who returned 2-13 in 6.1 overs.
Australia crush England by 112 runs in tri-series final.