Australia allrounder Glenn Maxwell revealed he had been eyeing up the opening position for some time after he hit a 65-ball 145 not out from the top of the order
Plays of the day from the first T20 international between Sri Lanka and Australia in Pallekele
In 90 minutes of outlandish clean-striking, Glenn Maxwell marked a monumental return to form, sent Sri Lanka into freefall, and stole their T20 world record from under their noses
Stats highlights from the first T20I between Sri Lanka and Australia in Pallekele, where the visitors set a new record for the highest total
No. of Aus players who scored 50 or more when opening for the first time in T20Is, including Maxwell today. Martyn (96), Warner (89), White (75) are the others.
Previous highest score by a batsman in his maiden innings as opener in T20Is - 98 by Martyn. Maxwell has become the first to hit a century in maiden inns as opener.
No. of higher totals in T20s than Australia's 263 for 3 in this match. They equalled RCB's 263 vs PWI in IPL 2013.