Maxwell in the runs to prove point

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - DIGEST - – Pete Smith

CRICKET: Test dis­card Glenn Maxwell be­gan his bid for a re­turn to in­ter­na­tional cricket in im­pres­sive fash­ion as the do­mes­tic sea­son opened in Townsville yes­ter­day.

In hot con­di­tions at River­way Sta­dium, Vic­to­ria were bowled out for a scratchy 240 from 48.3 overs in the one-day cup match against Queensland.

Maxwell top-scored with a con­fi­dent 80 off 91 balls in his first match since his omis­sion from Aus­tralia’s squad for the up­com­ing two-Test se­ries against Pak­istan.

Along with Nic Maddin­son, Maxwell shared in a cru­cial 101-run stand for the fifth wicket.

Maxwell came to the wicket with his side in trouble at 3-40 but the hard-hit­ting bats­man looked con­fi­dent from the out­set be­fore even­tu­ally be­ing caught on the bound­ary.

For­mer NSW bats­man Maddin­son played a cru­cial hand in his first out­ing for Vic­to­ria, scor­ing 68 off 82 balls.

Maxwell and Maddin­son were the only two Vic­to­rian bats­man to pass 20 – cap­tain Peter Hand­scomb out for no score – as the Queensland bowl­ing at­tack dom­i­nated.

Pace­man Mark Steke­tee starred with 4-35 off nine overs, in­clud­ing the key wick­ets of Maxwell and Mar­cus Har­ris (19).

In re­ply, Bulls skip­per Chris Lynn made a three-ball duck, while Test as­pi­rant Joe Burns hit 25. Will Suther­land was the de­stroyer for Vic­to­ria, tak­ing 5-45 from his 10 overs.

Queensland al­most pulled off a re­mark­able vic­tory with Mitchell Swep­son (77) and Xavier Bartlett (28) adding 77 for the ninth wicket be­fore Chris Tre­main grabbed both wick­ets as the Bulls fell 13 runs short.

Photo: DAVE ACREE

IN FORM: Glenn Maxwell.

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