Australia T20 international Alex Carey states the gesture made by Glenn Maxwell speaks volumes about the bond within the Australian team.
In the 3rd match of the Tri-Nation series, Carey unselfishly gave the strike to Maxwell so that the latter could complete his ton.
With two runs needed for an Aussie win and three required by Maxi to score his ton, Carey took a single to give Maxwell the strike. Maxi obliged and smacked a six over square leg to complete his ton, as well as took his team to victory against England.
Following this, Maxwell thanked Carey for his act by writing an inscription on the bat.
‘To Alex. Thanks for getting that single! Great partnership again! Best wishes, Glenn Maxwell. 103,’ wrote Maxwell.
With the win, Australians booked their berth in the finals of the Trans-Tasman T20I Tri-Nation series. Australians have stood out in the competition by winning all three games they played so far.
Still learning at this level: Carey
Carey suggested the gesture from Maxi symbolised the proximity within the group.
“I thought the bat was pretty average but the writing on it was awesome. It was obviously a nice gesture by Maxi and I think it just shows that the group is really close and we’re having a lot of fun,” told Alex Carey to the reporters according to Cricbuzz.
The ton meant a lot for Maxwell, as he has constantly been in and out of the ODI side.
“For someone like Maxi to do that for me in such a short space of time shows that we’ve got some really good blokes in the side,” further added the Adelaide Strikers’ star.
Although Carey didn’t have ample opportunities in the Australian colours so far, he hopes to contribute in the future. Australia plays New Zealand at Eden Park, Auckland next.
“I haven’t really had the opportunity to go out and play a big role with the stick but I’m working hard in the background. I’m still learning at this level. But I’m thoroughly enjoying it and I’m sure if I get more of an opportunity I’ll be ready to go,” concluded Alex Carey.