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[Watch] Glenn Maxwell's Unusual Flick Shot Brings Disaster; Josh Clarkson Strikes

image-lt1dbd3cMaxwell getting out on Sunday (X.com)

Despite New Zealand's loss in the third T20I, all-rounder Josh Clarkson had a memorable outing as he took his maiden wicket in international cricket by dismissing the swashbuckling Australian batter Glenn Maxwell with a slower one at Eden Park in Auckland on Sunday, February 25.

Batting first in a rain-affected match, Australia adopted an aggressive approach to capitalize on the limited overs available against New Zealand's bowlers. However, their innings was curtailed to just 10.4 overs due to frequent rain interruptions. 

With Mitchell Marsh absent, Matthew Short capitalised on the opportunity, batting at number 3 and contributing a quickfire 27 runs.

Batting at number 4, Maxwell entered the crease with an aggressive mindset, aiming to attack from the outset. However, Josh Clarkson, the new Central Districts all-rounder, marked his debut international over by dismissing Maxwell, claiming his first wicket at this level. 

Clarkson delivered a full-length ball aimed at the middle and leg stump line. Maxwell adjusted his position slightly to align with the delivery but attempted a fancy whip shot, commonly known as a short-arm whip. 

Unfortunately for Glenn Maxwell, he failed to make proper contact with the ball, resulting in a miscued shot. The ball looped up towards deep backward square leg, where Will Young sprinted in, positioned himself beneath the ball, and executed a fine reverse cup catch. 

Remarkably, this wicket marked Clarkson's only over of the innings, making it a memorable debut performance for the budding all-rounder.

Watch: Maxwell undone by Clarkson's slower ball

Despite persistent rain delays, the match resumed, with officials setting a revised target of 126 runs for New Zealand to chase within 10 overs.

In pursuit of the revised target, openers Finn Allen and Will Young both reached double figures before being dismissed. Tim Seifert fell cheaply, while Glenn Phillips fought valiantly, scoring 40* off 24 balls. Mark Chapman remained unbeaten on 17 off 15 balls. 

However, New Zealand fell short of the target, finishing at 98/3 after 10 overs, 27 runs shy of victory.

Australia's bowlers delivered an exceptional performance, conceding minimal runs and effectively containing the New Zealand batters throughout the innings on a small ground like Auckland.