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Australia thumps India in World Cup warm-up

Glenn Maxwell
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Glenn Maxwell and David Warner have blasted explosive centuries as Australia extended India’s winless tour with a 106-run belting in a World Cup warm-up match in Adelaide.

Australia posted an imposing 371 all out and then bowled India out for 265 in 45.1 overs on Sunday, with speedster Pat Cummins taking three wickets.

The Indians have been in Australia since November and are yet to win a game on tour ahead of their World Cup defence.

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Maxwell thrashed a century from just 53 balls while Warner reached his milestone from only 80 deliveries.

Maxwell cracked eight sixes and 11 fours in a dynamite 57-ball knock which ended with three consecutive sixes from Umesh Yadav’s bowling before the Victorian retired on 122 from 57 deliveries.

The enigmatic right-hander scored 34 runs from his initial 28 deliveries and then thumped 88 runs from his next 29 balls faced.

Warner had earlier made 104 from 83 balls before seemingly engineering his own demise – missing a straight one from slow bowler Axar Patel – to give his teammates time at the crease.

Stand-in skipper George Bailey capitalised, making 44 from 66 balls after managing just 17 runs in four recent tri-series games.

And Shane Watson, returning after hamstring tightness sidelined him from last Sunday’s tri-series final, made a fluent 22 from 17 balls.

Watson also delivered three overs in India’s run chase, which was always off the pace despite half-centuries from Ajinkya Rahane (66 from 52 balls), Shikhar Dhawan (57 from 79 deliveries) and Ambati Rayuda (53 from 42, including four sixes).

Both sides made the most of the experimental nature of the fixture – India deployed eight bowlers and Australia nine.

Apart from a rare Steve Smith batting failure (he made one) and expensive bowling from spinner Xavier Doherty (0-51 from seven overs), Australia ticked all other boxes.

The batting was fearsome and the bowling featured meaningful contributions from all four pacemen.

Cummins impressed with 3-30 in his six overs, Mitchell Johnson claimed 2-26 from six, Josh Hazlewood 2-25 from six and Mitchell Starc 2-16 from 4.1 overs.

Fast bowler Cummins rated Australia’s performance as a “nine or 10” out of 10.

“The most pleasing thing is that we were pretty clinical for the almost 100 overs,” he said.

“The batsmen went out and were fearless but batted quite normally and in the field it was just great to see everyone buzz around.”

Indian players declined to speak to the media.


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