Glenn Maxwell and Alex Carey combined for a record-breaking partnership to guide Australia to an “incredible” three-wicket victory over England to win their One Day International series on Wednesday.
The pair put on 212-run stand, with Maxwell clubbing seven sixes in his 108 from 90 balls, while Carey was a steady hand with his 106 from 114 deliveries, which included seven fours and two sixes.
The century was Carey’s first in ODI cricket, although he was caught at third man off Jofra Archer for nine early in his innings, only for it to be a no-ball - Archer’s first in his international career.
Maxwell and Carey both lost their wickets late on, leaving Australia requiring 10 from six balls but Mitchell Starc finished the job with the bat, having done early damage with the ball earlier in the day.
“To take them down on home soil when they have been playing pretty consistent cricket over here and for us to start our summer off after a long time in lockdown with a series win against them was pretty incredible for this group,” Maxwell said.
“We’ve worked so hard since coming together and it is just great that everyone could do the work back at home and when we got over here throughout the practice matches and training to get ourselves up to take on the world’s best and beat them on their home soil.”
World champions England had shown great resilience to fight back from 2-0, after Starc’s early double strike, with opener Jonny Bairstow scoring 112, with good support from Sam Billings (57) and Chris Woakes (53no).
England skipper Eoin Morgan said: “The positive of the series is knowing we can win games of cricket when we don’t play our best game. I know we’ve not played our best but the character and resilience we’ve showed has been brilliant.
“We’ve also learned quite a lot about the group playing on slower wickets. Having an opportunity to play on them for three games in a row is a rare one for us.
“It hasn’t gone our way, but certainly we have addressed an area of our game that is our weakest. We now have time to take it and work on it.”