Former England captain Nasser Hussain has blamed Glenn Maxwell for Australia’s stunning defeat against England in the first T20I on Friday. England sensationally pulled off a two-run win over the visitors to take the lead in the three-match series.
Glenn Maxwell was the second man in Australia’s four-wicket collapse, playing an Adil Rashid delivery straight into the hands of cover. It was the final over of Rashid’s spell and Australia needed just 37 runs from as many balls at that stage. But despite everything in his favour, Glenn Maxwell decided to go for an audacious shot.
Facing just his second delivery, the right-handed batsman decided to slice a wider delivery from the leg-spinner despite a fielder being a short catching extra cover just for that shot and ended up hitting straight to him. Earlier in that over, Steve Smith had departed too.
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Following the match, Hussain did not mince his words as he slammed the Australia batsman for his shot.
“That shot from Glenn Maxwell, one ball from Adil Rashid, I know they haven’t played for a while – and we’ve said it a million times – but just use your brain, your brain doesn’t switch off surely,” Hussain said on Sky Sports. “See him off, have both set batsmen in. Then Warner gets out on the other end and it’s just a procession.
“You don’t mind losing, but you do mind losing when you’re not smart and that wasn’t very smart cricket from Australia,” he added.
Chasing 163, Australia were off to a good start with Aaron Finch and David Warner adding 98 runs in 11 overs for the first wicket. But the visitors failed to capitalise on it and eventually ended on 160 for 6.