Maxwell in the runs to prove point
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.
IN FORM: Glenn Maxwell.