Glenn Maxwell has clubbed the fastest Twenty20 international century on Australian soil to propel his country to a series win against the West Indies. Maxwell blasted an unbeaten 120 from 55 balls at Adelaide Oval.
His masterful knock, featuring eight sixes and 12 fours, propelled Australia to 4-241 and the West Indies managed 9-207 in reply. The 34-run victory gives Australia an unassailable 2-0 lead in the best-of-three series.
Maxwell reached his century from just 50 balls – two balls quicker than the previous fastest in a T20I in Australia, South African Rilee Rossouw’s 52-ball ton against Bangladesh in Sydney at the 2022 World Cup.
Maxwell, Aaron Finch and Josh Inglis share the Australian record for fastest T20I centuries – 47 balls, all in overseas fixtures.
The 35-year-old Maxwell also equalled the India great Rohit Sharma with the most T20I centuries: five. The Victorian’s innings was a classic counterpunch, reviving Australia from a wobbly 3-64 in the seventh over.
“It’s nice to cash in and spend most of the time out there,” Maxwell told Fox Sports. “When it [the ball] is not doing too much, you’re thinking … that you have actually got to make the most of this opportunity.
“You don’t get too many in T20 cricket when you have got a couple of short square boundaries and the wicket is just really nice and true and you have given yourself a good platform. So I was just trying to stick it out there for as long as I could.”
Maxwell, batting at No 4, dominated an Australian innings that also featuring cameos from Tim David (31 not out from 14 balls), the captain, Mitchell Marsh (29 from 12), and David Warner (22 from 19).
Maxwell reached his half-century from 25 balls and kept that pace to his ton, blending audacious shot-making with pure strokeplay. He twice cleared the fence with switch-hits and also smacked a six over wide long-on measured by ball tracking to travel 109 metres.
“I have always relied on my hand speed to get me out of trouble if my footwork is a little bit slow,” Maxwell said. “So I was just trying to give myself the best chance to use my hands to guide into a gap or get it over the in-field and it really seemed to work for me.”
Australia’s total was the nation’s fourth-highest in a T20. The benchmark is 3-263 against Sri Lanka in Pallekele in 2016 when Maxwell made his career-best 145 not out.
The West Indies, in their run chase, were never in the hunt after losing five wickets inside their initial seven overs. The captain, Rovman Powell, top-scored with 63 from 36 balls and Andre Russell (37 from 16) chipped in, while the Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis claimed 3-36.
The left-arm quick Spencer Johnson (2-39) replaced Sean Abbott who has also been ruled out of Tuesday’s series finale because of a shoulder injury.