Young Maxwell's mature knock

YOUNG Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell showed plenty of maturity against Pakistan in Sharjah yesterday.

Maxwell, in only his fourth game, and veteran Mike Hussey scored half-centuries to guide Australia to a 2-1 series win with victory in the third and deciding game.

The 23-year-old Maxwell hit an unbeaten 56 off 38 deliveries and shared a 67-run partnership with Hussey (65) as Australia chased down Pakistan's 7 for 244.

Australia was struggling at 5-159 before Hussey and Maxwell came to the rescue after spinner Saeed Ajmal (3-37) had the top order in all sorts of trouble.

After reaching his maiden half-century, Maxwell hit a six for the winning runs with three overs to spare.

Earlier, Pakistan produced its best opening stand against Australia in 27 years with Mohammad Hafeez (78) and Nasir Jamshed (48) putting on 129 for the first wicket.

Paceman Mitchell Starc, who was named Player of the Series, took 4-51.

Australia will now play Pakistan in three Twenty20 games starting tomorrow morning (AEST) in Dubai.


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