Zimbabwe v Australia, Tri-series, Harare August 25, 2014

Zimbabwe fold after Marsh, Maxwell blitz

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Australia 350 for 6 (Maxwell 93, Marsh 89) beat Zimbabwe 152 (Masakadza 70, Smith 3-16) by 198 runs
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A blistering 109-run stand in nine overs between Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell saw Australia rack up the highest ODI total at the Harare Sports Club and leave Zimbabwe in the dust in the tri-series opener. Both Marsh, promoted to No.3 in Michael Clarke's injury-enforced absence, and Maxwell recorded their highest scores in the format as Australia stacked on 147 runs in their last ten overs. Zimbabwe's best batsman, Hamilton Masakadza, managed less than half of that.

On a late winter surface, neither team's bowlers were able to extract much from the pitch but Zimbabwe's attack was rendered particularly toothless in the face of Australia's aggression. The usually miserly Tinashe Panyangara and Tendai Chatara were torn apart while John Nyumbu was swept and sliced all over the ground. In contrast Australia's frontline seamers were disciplined and their premier spinner, Nathan Lyon, found turn against a much meeker line-up that never looked likely to chase at seven runs to the over.

Australia's innings had a solid start and a flourishing finish as they first assessed the conditions and the opposition and then showed how they would react given the lack of any real threats. Aaron Finch and Brad Haddin, who was given the opening berth ahead of Phil Hughes, were circumspect upfront but found the boundary often in the first 15 overs with Zimbabwe's bowlers offering a mix of deliveries that spanned the spectrum of too short, too wide, too full and too far down the leg-side.

When Elton Chigumbura introduced himself in the 15th over, it seemed groundhog day was looming for the hosts. Fortune intervened to give them a breakthrough when Haddin went down the pitch to defend against Chigumbura but the ball dropped on the pitch, bounced behind him and removed the leg bail.

That was Zimbabwe's cue to enforce a squeeze, engineered by Prosper Utseya. Tight lines against a watchful Marsh resulted in just 23 runs coming from the next seven-and-a-half overs, during which Finch reached his half-century. In a bid to get a move on, Australia took the Powerplay at the start of the 29th over but found themselves similarly stuck. Zimbabwe gave away just 25 runs in the five-over period, got rid of Finch, and tightened their grip afterwards when Utseya held on to a catch at short third man to dismiss George Bailey.

Little did they know what lay on the other side of that wicket.

Maxwell allowed himself an 12-ball sighter before charging Utseya for the first of his three sixes. Australia's score peeped over 200 as the last 10 overs began and exploded to 281 by the time the last five overs had arrived.

Marsh and Maxwell put to use the six-hitting practice Australia had done the day before the match and tucked into Williams, Nyumbu and Panyangara, sometimes finding the boundary, other times going over it. Twenty runs came off a Nyumbu over, and 19 and 15 off two from Panyangara. Marsh went from 50 to 88 in 32 balls; Maxwell from 20 to 64 in 18 balls and both seemed destined for three figures.

But as Marsh was about to enter the nineties, he failed to clear long-on and was caught off a Chatara slower ball. Maxwell marched to 93 but then misjudged one and gave Chatara a second consolation wicket. But the damage had already been done and Zimbabwe could only hope for a respectable response.

For that, they needed a strong opening stand but their third combination in the last four matches could not deliver. Tino Mawoyo, who was brought into the XI, was trapped lbw by a Mitchell Starc delivery that caught him in his crease as it angled in.

Sikandar Raza and Hamilton Masakadza showed fight with the highest stand of the Zimbabwe innings, 63 runs, with Masakadza the mainstay. Raza refused to take a run off Mitchell Johnson, playing out two successive maidens from him, but eased the pressure when Kane Richardson was brought on and he could hit with confidence through the off side. He once again threw away a start when he hit Lyon straight to backward square leg.

Masakadza held the innings together as Taylor, fresh from being dropped, pushed lazily at a Johnson delivery with a hint of extra bounce to be caught at slip, Chigumbura top-edged a short ball after being hit by Johnson and Sean Williams gifted a catch to cover. At 88 for 5 in the 23rd over, Zimbabwe were out of the contest, and besides Masakadza's 24th ODI fifty there were few positives for them.

Soft dismissals were the primary method of departure for Zimbabwe's batsman with partnerships lean and bowlers given a free pass to collect wickets. Chigumbura used one word to sum up Zimbabwe's performance. "Outplayed." It was actually much more than that because they undid themselves as much as they were undone by an Australian side that did not look like they had been without game time since January.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • on August 27, 2014, 6:05 GMT

    Was really a blistering innings. but the real challenge is today....let's see how Maxwell handle it.

  • Greatest_Game on August 26, 2014, 20:53 GMT

    For Aussies discussing Maxwell's inclusion in longer format, I see no reason he would not be able to perform. Look at de Villiers, he can reel off unbelievable bouts of high speed scoring & test batting of the highest caliber. AB has a 75 ball test century, & in THAT Adelaide game scored a 220 ball 33! That is as far on both sides of he run rate spectrum as one can bat!

    No reason Maxi can't do the same. Like AB he is a brilliant athlete - both incredible fielders. He may need solid training in technique to master the test skill set, but the right training develops the right mindset. Unwavering confidence in their skills makes batsmen succeed. Maxi gets worked out by some bowlers. He needs to work out the bowlers & that comes from confidence in & application of technique.

    The reason AB fared best against Mitch in SA? He had Morkel & others bounce him for hours, day after day, before the series. He wore a lot of balls, but was confident in his technique when he finally faced Johnson.

  • xtrafalgarx on August 26, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    @Rowan: I think Maxwell at no.3 in ODI's could be a hit, but in Tests i hadn't given it too much thought, that might be a struggle but at no.6 he could flourish them move up in time.

    I'm interested to see what Lehmann's plans for Marsh are though, they genuinely seem interested in him being a long term no.3, something which again, i hadn't given too much thought. I'm not convinced, but i wouldn't mind seeing it happen should it be a success.

  • on August 26, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    Loved the way Mitchell Marsh played, He should get three goes against proteas to repeat it and he is able to do it.And dunno why people are picking on Lyon,that was just his 3rd ODI give him time.

  • on August 26, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    @ jono makin, I agree, Maxwell reminds me strongest of Ponting, and I wrote somewhere a while ago, that he is like a Modern t20-bred version of Ponting, they resemble each other physically a lot, and Maxwell has a decent average, I also suggest there is only one way to find out how he would handle test cricket, and that is to put him in the side. Problem with him playing as a locked-in number 3 batsman for tests, is that he acts as a floating slogger for both ODI and T20, so it will be quite a massive task for him to master all 3 formats. But maybe he can handle it better than say, Warner.

  • on August 26, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    Maxwell as a situational 3-7 floating batsman is such a luxury, and with so many allrounders, it's almost like he's a playing 12th man, with also exceptional fielding abilities. Lets hope the opening pair of Finch and Warner click together as soon as they are reunited. Like I said before, it looks asthough Clarke is the odd one out in this ODI team, but lets see how his ODI game is these days...

    Have a look at these 2 XI's.

    1. Finch 2. Hughes 3. Watson 4. Maxwell(c) 5.Henriques 6. m. Marsh. 7. Wade 8. Midge 9. O'Keefe/cutting 10. Pattinson 11. Bird

    1. Warner 2.S. Marsh 3. Smith 4. Clarke(c) 5. Bailey 6. Faulkner 7. Haddin 8. Starc 9. Cummins/Richardson 10. Lyon 11. Mckay

    I wonder who'd win?

  • grahaam on August 26, 2014, 11:04 GMT

    @ZCFOUTKAST I did not state that Jarvis would bea solution to Zimbabawes seam bowling issues at all , and is performances for Lancs this year indicate a return to ODI cricet is a million miles away. However he would probably be first choice amongst the currently uncoached Zim seamers.

  • TheBigBoodha on August 26, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    Not much you can draw from doing well against ZB, no disrespect to them. I didn't see the game, but assume ZB are still effectively a minnow. It's how well you cope with pressure against good opponents that determines how well you do in the WC - neither of these factors was present yesterday.

    In fact, blitzing poorer teams can lead to overconfidence and sloppiness.

    Still, AUS has the basis of an excellent ODI team here. It will be interesting to see if Maxwell can develop consistency with his high-risk game. That's where he differs from guys like Ponting. Sure, If it comes off Maxwell will just about win the game single handedly. But if that only happens one game in five, it's a bit like playing Russian Roulette, isn't it?

  • Jay32 on August 26, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    Australia's one day side for the world cup is not clear at the moment! I liked Mitch Marsh at 3, he struggled to time the ball at the start of his innings, once settled played a blinder of an innings.Hope and wish Mitch Marsh's injury worries are thing of the past and that he can really forge a wonderful career at 3. As far Maxwell, I think he can be a good top order batsman playing right handed. I fee,l Maxi over does the reverse sweep most times and gets himself out playing it rather than bowler getting him out. Nathan Lyon needs time to settle down in this format. Would have liked Steve Smith to get more runs than he did. I do not know how Lehman and co can accommodate Mitch Marsh, Maxwell, Steve Smith and Faulkner in the same squad.

  • ZCFOutkast on August 26, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    Australia presented a fine test for certain batsmen like Taylor&Williams. With that team having plenty of seamers -Starc, Johnson, Richardson, Mitchell Marsh&Faulkner- there is nowhere to hide below. They find you lower down the order! If you're going good, Smith&Maxwell won't necessarily be fed to you ahead of them. In all, ZIM's cricketers are letting themselves down. I think Mutumbami(&Nyumbu) needs to be taken out of the firing line&Taylor handed the gloves. Both are not scoring runs&their keeping is suspect. XI: Raza, Mawoyo, Vusi, Hami, Taylor(wk), Williams, Elton(c), Vitori, Utseya, Panyangara, Chatara

    @grahaam you are complaining about ZIM's expensive seam bowling in an ODI&your solution is the return of Kyle Jarvis, one of the worst in ZIM's ODI history? Look for him somewhere at the bottom of this list: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=2;filter=advanced;orderby=economy_rate;qualmin1=15;qualval1=innings_bowled;team=9;template=results;type=bowling

  • on August 27, 2014, 6:05 GMT

    Was really a blistering innings. but the real challenge is today....let's see how Maxwell handle it.

  • Greatest_Game on August 26, 2014, 20:53 GMT

    For Aussies discussing Maxwell's inclusion in longer format, I see no reason he would not be able to perform. Look at de Villiers, he can reel off unbelievable bouts of high speed scoring & test batting of the highest caliber. AB has a 75 ball test century, & in THAT Adelaide game scored a 220 ball 33! That is as far on both sides of he run rate spectrum as one can bat!

    No reason Maxi can't do the same. Like AB he is a brilliant athlete - both incredible fielders. He may need solid training in technique to master the test skill set, but the right training develops the right mindset. Unwavering confidence in their skills makes batsmen succeed. Maxi gets worked out by some bowlers. He needs to work out the bowlers & that comes from confidence in & application of technique.

    The reason AB fared best against Mitch in SA? He had Morkel & others bounce him for hours, day after day, before the series. He wore a lot of balls, but was confident in his technique when he finally faced Johnson.

  • xtrafalgarx on August 26, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    @Rowan: I think Maxwell at no.3 in ODI's could be a hit, but in Tests i hadn't given it too much thought, that might be a struggle but at no.6 he could flourish them move up in time.

    I'm interested to see what Lehmann's plans for Marsh are though, they genuinely seem interested in him being a long term no.3, something which again, i hadn't given too much thought. I'm not convinced, but i wouldn't mind seeing it happen should it be a success.

  • on August 26, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    Loved the way Mitchell Marsh played, He should get three goes against proteas to repeat it and he is able to do it.And dunno why people are picking on Lyon,that was just his 3rd ODI give him time.

  • on August 26, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    @ jono makin, I agree, Maxwell reminds me strongest of Ponting, and I wrote somewhere a while ago, that he is like a Modern t20-bred version of Ponting, they resemble each other physically a lot, and Maxwell has a decent average, I also suggest there is only one way to find out how he would handle test cricket, and that is to put him in the side. Problem with him playing as a locked-in number 3 batsman for tests, is that he acts as a floating slogger for both ODI and T20, so it will be quite a massive task for him to master all 3 formats. But maybe he can handle it better than say, Warner.

  • on August 26, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    Maxwell as a situational 3-7 floating batsman is such a luxury, and with so many allrounders, it's almost like he's a playing 12th man, with also exceptional fielding abilities. Lets hope the opening pair of Finch and Warner click together as soon as they are reunited. Like I said before, it looks asthough Clarke is the odd one out in this ODI team, but lets see how his ODI game is these days...

    Have a look at these 2 XI's.

    1. Finch 2. Hughes 3. Watson 4. Maxwell(c) 5.Henriques 6. m. Marsh. 7. Wade 8. Midge 9. O'Keefe/cutting 10. Pattinson 11. Bird

    1. Warner 2.S. Marsh 3. Smith 4. Clarke(c) 5. Bailey 6. Faulkner 7. Haddin 8. Starc 9. Cummins/Richardson 10. Lyon 11. Mckay

    I wonder who'd win?

  • grahaam on August 26, 2014, 11:04 GMT

    @ZCFOUTKAST I did not state that Jarvis would bea solution to Zimbabawes seam bowling issues at all , and is performances for Lancs this year indicate a return to ODI cricet is a million miles away. However he would probably be first choice amongst the currently uncoached Zim seamers.

  • TheBigBoodha on August 26, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    Not much you can draw from doing well against ZB, no disrespect to them. I didn't see the game, but assume ZB are still effectively a minnow. It's how well you cope with pressure against good opponents that determines how well you do in the WC - neither of these factors was present yesterday.

    In fact, blitzing poorer teams can lead to overconfidence and sloppiness.

    Still, AUS has the basis of an excellent ODI team here. It will be interesting to see if Maxwell can develop consistency with his high-risk game. That's where he differs from guys like Ponting. Sure, If it comes off Maxwell will just about win the game single handedly. But if that only happens one game in five, it's a bit like playing Russian Roulette, isn't it?

  • Jay32 on August 26, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    Australia's one day side for the world cup is not clear at the moment! I liked Mitch Marsh at 3, he struggled to time the ball at the start of his innings, once settled played a blinder of an innings.Hope and wish Mitch Marsh's injury worries are thing of the past and that he can really forge a wonderful career at 3. As far Maxwell, I think he can be a good top order batsman playing right handed. I fee,l Maxi over does the reverse sweep most times and gets himself out playing it rather than bowler getting him out. Nathan Lyon needs time to settle down in this format. Would have liked Steve Smith to get more runs than he did. I do not know how Lehman and co can accommodate Mitch Marsh, Maxwell, Steve Smith and Faulkner in the same squad.

  • ZCFOutkast on August 26, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    Australia presented a fine test for certain batsmen like Taylor&Williams. With that team having plenty of seamers -Starc, Johnson, Richardson, Mitchell Marsh&Faulkner- there is nowhere to hide below. They find you lower down the order! If you're going good, Smith&Maxwell won't necessarily be fed to you ahead of them. In all, ZIM's cricketers are letting themselves down. I think Mutumbami(&Nyumbu) needs to be taken out of the firing line&Taylor handed the gloves. Both are not scoring runs&their keeping is suspect. XI: Raza, Mawoyo, Vusi, Hami, Taylor(wk), Williams, Elton(c), Vitori, Utseya, Panyangara, Chatara

    @grahaam you are complaining about ZIM's expensive seam bowling in an ODI&your solution is the return of Kyle Jarvis, one of the worst in ZIM's ODI history? Look for him somewhere at the bottom of this list: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=2;filter=advanced;orderby=economy_rate;qualmin1=15;qualval1=innings_bowled;team=9;template=results;type=bowling

  • dunger.bob on August 26, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    It's a bit disturbing that Smith got 3 wickets and Lyon got some stick. Not as bad as their spinners mind you, but 6 an over is still high enough. It looks as though they really want Lyon to succeed so he'll probably get a longish run to prove himself. I wonder if that policy could cost us a few games. .. As you can probably tell, my jury is still well and truly out about Lyon and one day cricket. I've got nothing against him but I'm just not sure his game is that great for the short formats..

    It was good to see Finch as composed as he seemed to be. I reckon he's started to use his brain a lot better lately. He's learnt patience somehow and looks a lot better for it imo.

  • on August 26, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    @Jono, @trafalgar - hmmm, you guys are actually winning me over with your logic here. I do believe that Maxwell has a lot of signs of being a classy batsman (and his first class record definitely backs it up) but I was actually thinking along the lines of having him in the test side to get some responsibility. He did well from his first couple of matches.

    @Shaggy - my wording was a bit harsh and suggested I wanted Richardson dropped right away. I just meant I think his place needs to be watched. His List A form has been very good but not showing death bowling is partly his own fault - he played an ODI before this where the umpire barred him from bowling due to an improper follow-through.

  • AMMAR3438668158 on August 26, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    what happen to lehman why does he not play hughes in place of clarke.i don't think what reason behind inclusion of marsh because we already have 3 all-rounders in team(maxwell,smith,faulkner).we need a geniune batsman in place of clarke against sa and that is p.hughes.i think if lehman prepare these players for future and check the potenial of these player like faulkner or marsh for wc2015 so i think its good but waste hughes.he is the bat who play every format of cricket. my team for sa match; finch,hughes,bailey,smith,maxwell,haddin,faulkner/marsh,johnson,starc,richardson,lyon.

  • anver777 on August 26, 2014, 8:02 GMT

    "MAD MAX" strikes again !! Its a "M & M" show at Harare.........M.Marsh played well too !!!

  • Shaggy076 on August 26, 2014, 7:29 GMT

    Lerato: This game is a one-day cricket game, in this format your at our level. However we managed to beat you in the test series so who knows you could possibly turn it round in the one-day format.

  • on August 26, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    @Jared Hansen, I just remember Ponting being so good for us at No.3 and for mine, although it will sound completely ridiculous to most, I am going to say that for me, Maxwell is the closest we've come to replacing him so far. I say this because he can score at will off the front and back foot and he is equally at home against pace and spin, though I've not seen him play express pace. He dominates and together with Warner and Finch at the top I think the three of them could dominate for a long time, much in the same fashion of a Gilchrist, Hayden, Ponting top 3. Maxwell at 3 maximizes our scoring opportunity with the likes of Bailey and Faulkner down the order there is plenty of finishing, as @xtrafalgarx says, time to hand him the reigns, the responsibility and watch him flourish.

  • on August 26, 2014, 6:16 GMT

    great game aussies as a protea I get very excited when our arch rivals destroy teams just before we play them.....just like the last southern summer had it not been for england lambs our series would have not been as tight as it was......so now tomorrow i sense fire works with Ab ready to destroy, miller to finish ,dekock to start and amla to go through the innings i hope crawling faf bats like a t20 captain....and duminy plays the best he can possible do......maxwell will be dealt with by morkel remember IPL maxi???? ausies please select a better team coz the one vs zim might not be challanging enough for us steyn vs haddin and marsh....i see nightmares

  • DragonCricketer on August 26, 2014, 5:24 GMT

    Australia would have scored 500 had Phillip Hughes been included in the 11.

  • redneck on August 26, 2014, 4:46 GMT

    @Fleming_Mitch great to watch maxwell and marsh go nuts yesterday! however in perspective we were playing a minow!!! playing bits and pieces players will back fire on us sooner or later!!! phil hughes should be a walk up start in the test and ODI team and no amount of runs against zimbabwe will change that!!!

  • xtrafalgarx on August 26, 2014, 3:48 GMT

    @Jared Hansen: That's exactly why Maxwell SHOULD be at three. To challenge him to overcome that weakness in his batting, challenge him to bat long and bat big.

  • Shaggy076 on August 26, 2014, 2:57 GMT

    __PK; You have to fit a wicket keeper somewhere in your X1 so they cant be 5,6 and 7. Perfect X1 - is 5 bats, allrounder (that you can rely on to deliver 10 overs), wk an 4 bowlers (of which you can have Faulkner, Johnson and Starc who can all deliver with the bat). So of the 5 bats Finch, Warner, Bailey and Maxwell look absolute locks. #5 seems to be Clarke although I would not worry about playing him in one-dayers when we have several blokes that can do his job ie Smith, Hughes, Fergusson. So the all-rounder can you rely on Marsh to bowl 10 overs - I'm not so sure. Watson is adaptable and can bowl at any stage ie power plays and right at the end as well as one of the best one-day batsman in the world and if fit I would have thought he pushes Marsh out.

  • Shaggy076 on August 26, 2014, 2:49 GMT

    Jared Hansen; Richardson has played one international game and you have jumped on him. He along with Starc are the best death bowlers in AUstralia and he never even got a chance to showcase that in this game. His one-day domestic form has been of high class and deserves more than one opportunity to showcase that.

  • Shaggy076 on August 26, 2014, 2:47 GMT

    Mitch_Fleming ; I didn't comment yesterday but still of the opinion Hughes his hard done by and a 90 against a District B level bowling attack aint going to change that opinion. Its about rewarding the players with the form on the board and although Marsh domestic form is on the up it is still way below Hughes when it comes to batting. You don't need 6 bowlers in one day cricket and Hughes should have played and batted at 3. Then we would be lauding a great 150 rather than the run of a mill 90.

  • Mad_Hamish on August 26, 2014, 1:05 GMT

    Maxwell before this match av 34.50, strike rate 124.20. 6 50s from 23 innings

    A damned useful set of numbers for one dayers. His lowest strike rate for a score of 50 or more was 92 from 77

  • MeijiMura on August 26, 2014, 0:57 GMT

    The Zimbabwe XI was close to the optimum playing XI. Replace Mawoyo with Sibanda, Mutumbani with Waller (with Taylor to keep) and Nyumbu with Vitori and that is their strongest and most experienced side. Mawoyo and Mutumbani are not ODI players. Onto yesterday's game, Zimbabwe were unlucky not to strike early in Australia's innings. Finch was plumb LBW on three occasions, first when he was on 1 and twice when he was on 43, but he was given not out on all three occasions. Furthermore, Haddin survived a missed stumping when he was on just 12. For as well as Marsh and Maxwell hit the ball, Zimbabwe's field placings were foolish. With the power play done and dusted and in the closing overs there were no sweepers on the mid wicket and extra cover boundaries just gifting Australia easy runs. Zimbabwe need to reinforce their XI as suggested above and get some plans together with who bowls when and what fields they use for various batsmen and at various stages of the innings.

  • on August 25, 2014, 23:42 GMT

    hi Mr. Max this is not IPL...and Indians are not bowling! wait till Indian tour starts they are already finding places to hide!

  • LoungeChairCritic on August 25, 2014, 23:21 GMT

    Maxwell has to be playing tests. He is a once in a generation player. Some of his innovations remind me of Kevin Pieterson when he 1st arrived on the scene. With Doolan injured and the Pakistan series to be played in Dubai we need to bring a batsmen who is confident against spin. Personally I think Maxwell's flexibility in tests will suit Clarke's attacking style of captaincy. Maxi can bat anywhere from 3 to 7. I still remember Gilchrist being moved from 7 to 3 in a test match in Sri Lanka when we were behind by about 200 after the 1st innings. Gilchrist peeled off a run a ball 140, oz got a lead and Warnie finished them off. If we want to win an Ashes next year on foreign soil, we need to be playing Maxwell in test matches now.

  • Flemo_Gilly on August 25, 2014, 23:19 GMT

    Where are all the Hughes supporters now, love to hear from Redneck and Onlinegamer as yesterday it seemed like the world was going to end with boof selecting Mitch marsh instead of Hughes but as usual boof shows why he is the best coach going around, lets get behind our team as we have a great mix of all rounders in Marsh,Faulkner, Henriques and Watson.

  • PrasPunter on August 25, 2014, 23:18 GMT

    That Maxi gets out way too often than not in the 90s shows how selfless he is , isn't it ? That shows we never care for personal landmarks, do we ?

  • on August 25, 2014, 22:44 GMT

    @Jono Makim : Maxwell at #3 is a nice idea in theory but everytime I've seen him with plenty of time to bat in an ODI he gets carried away and holes out after four overs or so. He could be becoming a more responsible batsman but I'm not holding my breath.

    Decent result in this match, but Australia need to be critical. Apparently a flat track but even so Kane Richardson's spot needs to be under scrutiny. He's not done anything to demand a place in the XI in his ODIs so far and not being able to reign the runs in last night won't help him at all. Likewise, even while Lyon was getting turn he was going for plenty. Considering his meagre batting stocks if he can't lock down an end or keep wickets we should be looking at maybe not even playing a specialist with Smith and Maxwell in the side.

  • bren19 on August 25, 2014, 22:11 GMT

    Part time spinner better figures than Lyon. Please - stop wasting the spot in all formats of the game

  • __PK on August 25, 2014, 22:00 GMT

    I think this is going to be the key to the WC 2015 for Australia - how they use Maxwell, Marsh and Bailey. I'm picking them as a rotating 5, 6 and 7 with Clarke to use them intelligently as the situation demands - bat long (Bailey), slog (Marsh) or find something special (Maxwell). A good innings would involve all three of them in some way, so don't be surprised to see Clarke promote them to 3, 4, 5 if the openers (Finch and Warner probably) bat long.

  • RVC-38 on August 25, 2014, 21:44 GMT

    @ Batmanian, Maxwell did not find the first 9 balls easy without some luck he could have been bowled twice in those 9 balls but that's cricket, great Innings.

  • xtrafalgarx on August 25, 2014, 21:43 GMT

    @Jono Makim: Yes, i love the Big Show now. I was against him being in the team a couple of years ago, but that seems a long time ago.

    I'm interested to hear, what are peoples thoughts of M. Marsh at no.3?? It looks as if it's no joke by Lehmann and co. They really want to see him bat there, they put him there in practice games and Clarke gave Marsh a personal message 'you've got an opportunity there now'.

  • RVC-38 on August 25, 2014, 20:48 GMT

    Bailey is the one under pressure now, they will move Haddin down for Warner keep Marsh, Bailey for Clarke ?

  • Chris_P on August 25, 2014, 19:41 GMT

    @Jono Makim Have to agree with you re: Maxwell. He has been doing this sort of things in domestic cricket for a while & there were plenty of knockers & ill informed comments by certain followers of our game when he was picked up in the IPL. Sure he isn't consistent, but he is a matchwinner when he fires! And as a fielder, he may have a few peers, but none better.

  • Chris_P on August 25, 2014, 19:02 GMT

    @and1son. Agree with you. Zimbabwe needs games like this, they need to see where they are heading in their progress. I am certain scores will be a lot closer next time round. Good solid start by the Aussies, things will only get tougher from now on & it needs to be.

  • and1son on August 25, 2014, 18:24 GMT

    @KingAjmal can you get off the Zim cricket timeline for good? your posts are pointless & looking to demean the Zim team. If you are Pakistani as you claim, what does that say for your team that lost to Zim?

    In terms of Zim 1) Mangongo is not to blame. he put most of the team expected except maybe Vitori for Panyangara. it was the players' fault 2) there is nothing any team in the world can do if maxwell goes on one of his rampages and catches a hot streak 3) Zim started relatively well for a change but still experienced the same problems of one performer when everyone fails. before it was chigumbura, then williams, then taylor.

    @grahaam Jarvis was expensive in limited overs and more useful in tests. he doesn't even play now

    Against the no.1 team it was disappointing & encouraging but we left some wickets & runs on the field. The whole point of sport is to play no matter if it's against minnows because on any given day, history can be made & people will have something to talk about

  • Cricketlover_nepal on August 25, 2014, 17:25 GMT

    Maxi 90 with 200 plus SR is common for us...character of young sachin early in the inning n gayle later in the inning with confidence of afridi....

  • on August 25, 2014, 16:27 GMT

    Maxwell really is in a league of his own, is he not? Would love to see him at #3 with a solid platform and 35 overs to bat...

  • Shuraim on August 25, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    Good allround performance by Australia, Marsh was simply outstanding contructed his innings like a pro batter but one thing I failed to notice was Lyon's mystery ball which I was so anxious about perhaps he didn't bowl one in this game.Did anyone notice it?

  • Batmanian on August 25, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    If Maxwell found it so easy, have to wonder what Finch, Haddin, Marsh and Bailey were doing.

  • on August 25, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    Mitchel Johnson starts this seasons not by terrifying the batsmen , but by the commentators this time.

  • xtrafalgarx on August 25, 2014, 15:19 GMT

    @KingAjmal: The win wasn't as easy at it looks. Zimbabwe started off quite well in both respects, batting and bowling. The composure when things things got tough is something to work on, but they were competitive enough.

  • siddhartha87 on August 25, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    Chatara bowled really all to be honest. It's Maxwell that destroyed his stats.Like the slower balls from Chatara. Some of the Maxwell shots were out of the world today.Probably the fastest hands in the world today

  • on August 25, 2014, 15:13 GMT

    Aussies should try out Hughes... Mitchell marsh and Haddin shouldn't be in the top order... the order should be something like - finch/Warner/Hughes/maxwell/marsh or Watson/Steve Smith/ haddin/Johnson/McKay/Ryan Harris/starc

  • Captainman on August 25, 2014, 15:04 GMT

    What a mismatch. Its pointless playing teams like Zimbabwe. They seem to be getting worse and worse in limited overs. There just no talent in their squad.

  • grahaam on August 25, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    Zimbabwe have serious seam bowling problems, this will be harder to sort out than the batting..Taylor Williams Raza and Mazakadza will soon buils partnerships.and will find additions from Chigumbura and the Keeper. ...The Keeper ? had a shocker standing up to the spinners with his gloves missing the ball frequently (without deflection)....How would Zim react to Jarvis returning, tail between his legs , having been released by Lancs?

  • Blackholesun on August 25, 2014, 14:49 GMT

    I think Maxwell might be the man to have maximum nervous nineties in such short career compared to some of the other players who have recently burst on the cricketing scene.

  • CricketChat on August 25, 2014, 14:46 GMT

    No respite for Zim at all. First, SA and then now even rusty Aussies giving them a hiding. Like some commenters said earlier, this is good for them. It can only get better from here on.

  • on August 25, 2014, 14:43 GMT

    Pretty awesome stuff from the Aussies and not bad either for a rusty team! Maxi back to form too is good to see , and Mitch played excellent also. Pretty happy all round performance from the boys.

  • heathrf1974 on August 25, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    Good to see Australia playing Zimbabwe. Nations like Zimbabwe need to play the bigger test nations in order to improve their cricket plus Australia need to play the minnows more as well to spread the game.

  • A1499 on August 25, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    australia destroying zimbabwean bowling, not to mention their windows

  • A1499 on August 25, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    poor zimbabwe. maxwell is taunting them with his strokeplay. zimbabwe arnt a bad side they will recover in the next few odis. however kudos to aus for their aggresive cricket

  • JJJake on August 25, 2014, 11:31 GMT

    Classic shot by MJ . Straight drive for 6. Smashing the commentary box window. Glass going over one of the commentators.

  • Potatis on August 25, 2014, 11:20 GMT

    If Australia are rusty, I look forward to watching them play when they are hitting their straps.

  • dunger.bob on August 25, 2014, 11:19 GMT

    350, on the knocker. A dashing performance on a sluggish pitch. Let's see how they bowl and field.

  • Greatest_Game on August 25, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    @ alimansoorkal asks "what about david warner the danger man ..............isnt he the part of squad"

    Read the article above. The second paragraph explains exactly why Warner is not playing. I find it to be very useful to read the entire article before posting. It helps to clear up some of these great mysteries.

  • Biggus on August 25, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    @Jamie Monaghan:- Yeah, Maxwell's hilarious to watch. He just played a shot I'd swear was impossible, flicking it from a good length a foot outside off stump through square leg. Ugly as hell but effective and downright depressing for the bowlers. He's a regular circus act, dancing bears and all, the 'Big Show' is aptly named.

  • on August 25, 2014, 10:21 GMT

    eight overs left with only 3 down and score reaching 250 I am sorry to say but i can see nothing but a thrashing. hope zim can show some fight.

  • on August 25, 2014, 9:51 GMT

    @Alimansoorkal, read the story before you comment!

  • on August 25, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    @Biggus. Yeah I agree too as think it's just an experiment to see if it works. Considering the start we had then Maxwell should of come in at 3 as perfect platform for him. Finch looking good as those asking why he was opening well that's exactly why he is in the team.

  • alimansoorkal on August 25, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    what about david warner the danger man ..............isnt he the part of squad...... he has to play every game

  • Biggus on August 25, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    I must have been hiding under a rock somewhere. Since when is Mitchell Marsh a number three? He just doesn't have the finesse to play there surely?

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  • Biggus on August 25, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    I must have been hiding under a rock somewhere. Since when is Mitchell Marsh a number three? He just doesn't have the finesse to play there surely?

  • alimansoorkal on August 25, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    what about david warner the danger man ..............isnt he the part of squad...... he has to play every game

  • on August 25, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    @Biggus. Yeah I agree too as think it's just an experiment to see if it works. Considering the start we had then Maxwell should of come in at 3 as perfect platform for him. Finch looking good as those asking why he was opening well that's exactly why he is in the team.

  • on August 25, 2014, 9:51 GMT

    @Alimansoorkal, read the story before you comment!

  • on August 25, 2014, 10:21 GMT

    eight overs left with only 3 down and score reaching 250 I am sorry to say but i can see nothing but a thrashing. hope zim can show some fight.

  • Biggus on August 25, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    @Jamie Monaghan:- Yeah, Maxwell's hilarious to watch. He just played a shot I'd swear was impossible, flicking it from a good length a foot outside off stump through square leg. Ugly as hell but effective and downright depressing for the bowlers. He's a regular circus act, dancing bears and all, the 'Big Show' is aptly named.

  • Greatest_Game on August 25, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    @ alimansoorkal asks "what about david warner the danger man ..............isnt he the part of squad"

    Read the article above. The second paragraph explains exactly why Warner is not playing. I find it to be very useful to read the entire article before posting. It helps to clear up some of these great mysteries.

  • dunger.bob on August 25, 2014, 11:19 GMT

    350, on the knocker. A dashing performance on a sluggish pitch. Let's see how they bowl and field.

  • Potatis on August 25, 2014, 11:20 GMT

    If Australia are rusty, I look forward to watching them play when they are hitting their straps.

  • JJJake on August 25, 2014, 11:31 GMT

    Classic shot by MJ . Straight drive for 6. Smashing the commentary box window. Glass going over one of the commentators.