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Maxwell, Carey go ‘hit or bust’ to inspire Australia’s unlikely win

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Australian match winners Alex Carey and Glenn Maxwell adopted a “hit or bust” attitude to fire the touring side to a dramatic three-wicket victory over England on Wednesday and seal the one-day international series 2-1.

Cricket – Third One Day International – England v Australia – Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester – September 16, 2020 Australia's Alex Carey makes a single to reach a century as Glenn Maxwell applauds Pool via REUTERS/Shaun Botterill

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17 Sep 2020 05:55AM

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MANCHESTER, England: Australian match winners Alex Carey and Glenn Maxwell adopted a “hit or bust” attitude to fire the touring side to a dramatic three-wicket victory over England on Wednesday and seal the one-day international series 2-1.

The Australians were in desperate trouble when they slumped to 73-5 chasing 303 for victory before Carey and Maxwell joined forces in a thrilling partnership of 212.

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"We were really focused out there and we had a really good idea of what we wanted to do as far as keeping up the run rate was concerned and try and take it as deep as possible," said Maxwell after being named man of the match and man of the series.

"It was amazing. Coming it at five wickets down for 70-odd (runs), it was probably hit or bust at that stage. If we lost another wicket in the next five or 10 overs, it was going to be pretty hard to expect the bowlers to do a job with the bat for us.

"But once our partnership started to build, we could take a couple of risks, get away with a few and ride that momentum," Maxwell told a news conference.

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