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Maxwell's look-away cut, and other outrageous World Cup shots

A look-back on five memorable strokes from World Cup 2015

He can hit them even in his sleep: Glenn Maxwell executing an outrageous shot, Australia v Pakistan, World Cup 2015, 3rd quarter-final, Adelaide, March 20, 2015

Australia were being sternly examined by Wahab Riaz in the quarter-final, but Glenn Maxwell turned on the style, smashing 44 off 29 balls that included a stroke which he described as "the back away, look away, deliberate cut through point". Wahab followed Maxwell, who was making room outside leg, with a short ball. Maxwell slapped it away, half cutting, half pulling, his fast hands directing operations awkwardly but effectively. Maxwell admitted that he was almost undone, saying: 'Well bowled Wahab! Had me!"  •  Associated Press