Davey Fires, And Glenn Maxwell Brilliantly Commentates His Own Run Out
It's not even November and Dave Warner is already making centuries for Australia.
Yes, it's bye-bye unhappy soil of England, hello friendly cricket pitches of Australia -- where Warner prospers like nowhere else.
And yesterday, in the first international men's cricket match of the summer, Warner blasted 100 not out off 56 balls as Australia (a massive 2/233) beat Sri Lanka (a woeful 9/99) by 134 runs. Which is an awfully big margin for a T20 match.
It was a nice birthday present for Warner, who is 33 now, and was playing his first international match on home soil since his ban for ball-tampering.
Indeed, while the NSW leftie has made 21 Test centuries and 17 in One Day Internationals, he had never before raised triple-figures in T20 Internationals. He has now. And how.
Warner's very welcome return to form in short-form cricket was the first of two major talking points from yesterday's match.
The second was the decision to push Steve Smith down the batting order. Smith was slated to bat at number three, and given that he pretty much saved Australia's Ashes campaign over the English summer and is the best Australian batsman of his generation, you'd think he'd walk out in the position marked on the team sheet.
It was Glen Maxwell who strode to the crease when the first wicket fell (Aaron Finch, 64 off 36) with 122 runs on the board.
This made sense in the context of the match. Maxwell can blast the ball like few others in world cricket, and so it proved as he struck 62 off just 28 balls with 10 boundaries.
Selectors, no doubt, feel that Smith can hold the innings together yet still score quickly if early wickets fall. That's his role in this format. It felt a little odd to see him passed over, but it felt seriously good watching Maxwell bat.
But the best moment of this match?
It had to be the moment a mic'd up Glen Maxwell called the run out he effected. Maxi saw the opportunity straight away, hurled in a bullet of a throw and the rest was broadcasting and cricketing gold.
Yep, a good day with the bat, and in the field for the man who hates being called "The Big Show", but who sure put on a show yesterday.
The remaining two matches of this series are in Brisbane on Wednesday night and Melbourne on Friday night. Australia then play three T20 matches against Pakistan before the first Test against Pakistan on November 21.