Qantas T20 Tour of NZ 2021
Maxwell's donation pledge for broken seat
Australia star Glenn Maxwell says he will contribute towards the seat he broke against NZ with proceeds going to Wellington charity
AAP & Cricket Network
4 March 2021, 05:07 PM AEST
Glenn Maxwell's seat-shattering assault on New Zealand's bowlers during Wednesday's T20 win over the Black Caps not only helped Australia to victory but is also set to give a boost to a local Wellington charity.
The explosive all-rounder hit five sixes in an innings that yielded 70 from 31 balls, including a strike that punched a hole in one of the seats at Wellington Stadium, which was empty due to New Zealand's current COVID-19 restrictions.
Destructive on the field and in the stands.@Gmaxi_32 certainly left a lasting impression on Wellington tonight! 😂 #NZvAUS pic.twitter.com/ZNA36gGAgP— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) March 3, 2021
Stadium chief executive Shane Harmon had the damaged seat removed and, after asking Maxwell to sign the broken plastic, pledged to post it on online auction site Trade Me, with proceeds going to the Wellington Homeless Women's Trust.
"I'll make a donation, and an apology for breaking a seat," Maxwell told the New Zealand Herald.
"I hadn't hit too many in the middle, so I was happy to get it over the fence."
Maxwell, who had not reached double digits in his first two innings of the tour, started slowly before exploding to bring up a 25-ball half-century with some breathtakingly innovative strokes.
He managed just five from his first nine balls before at one stage hitting seven consecutive deliveries to or over the rope.
Aaron Finch rebounded from his form slump with a knock of 69 from 44 balls and Josh Philippe contributed 43 as Australia put up 4-208.
Ashton Agar (6-30) then snared the best T20I figures ever by an Australian man to help seal a 64-run victory which kept the series alive after the home side won the first two games.
The two sides will again do battle in Wellington on Friday.
Qantas T20I tour of New Zealand 2021
Australia squad: Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Josh Philippe, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Daniel Sams, Tanveer Sangha, D'Arcy Short, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa.
New Zealand squad: Kane Williamson (c), Hamish Bennett, Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert (wk), Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee.
1st T20: New Zealand won by 53 runs
2nd T20: New Zealand won by four runs
3rd T20: Australia won by 64 runs
All matches will be shown live in Australia on Fox Cricket and Kayo