Glenn Maxwell equals Simon O'Donnell's record of fastest half-century by Australian in ODI cricket

Glenn Maxwell reached his half-century in 18 deliveries © Getty Images (File Photo)

Nov 2, 2013

Glenn Maxwell joined Simon O’Donnell as the fastest half-centurion by an Australian batsman in One-Day Internationals (ODI) when he reached the milestone in 18 balls against India in the seventh match of the series at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium at Bangalore on Saturday.

O’Donnell scored his quick-fire knock against Sri Lanka in 1999.

Maxwell came close to becoming the fastest player to score a half-century, a  record set by Sanath Jayasuriya against Pakistan in 1997 at Singapore.

David Hussey previously came close to beating the record when he scored a half-century off 19 balls against the West Indies in 2008 at St Kitts.

Earlier in the day, Rohit Sharma became the third batsman after Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag to slam a double century in ODIs.