Glenn Maxwell finally found form after going through a lean patch © Getty Images
Glenn Maxwell finally found form after going through a lean patch © Getty Images

Mitchell Marsh says that he was left speechless after watching Glenn Maxwell’s cameo from the other end in the eighth match of the tri-nation series between Australia and West Indies at Bridgetown, Barbados. Maxwell scored an unbeaten 26-ball 46, which included five fours and a couple of sixes. Marsh too was in excellent form, top-scoring for the visitors with an unbeaten 79 and along with Maxwell, guided Australia home and ensured that they book a place in the final of the tournament. Australia won the match by six wickets. Chasing 283 for a win after Marlon Samuels’ century had put the hosts in command. Full Cricket Scorecard: West Indies vs Australia, Match 8, Tri-Nation Series 2016 at Barbados

“I said give yourself a few balls mate and then go for it,” Marsh said after the game. “I was literally speechless at the other end watching an innings like that,” according to READ:Glenn Maxwell rescues himself & Australia in Tri-Nation ODI series 2016

Maxwell walked in at a time when Australia had just lost skipper Steven Smith for 78 and still needing 62 to win from 50 deliveries. Maxwell and Marsh then saw the visitors home with eight balls to spare. Maxwell had not gotten to double figures in his last five ODIs, but Marsh insists that he is important to the team, given his ability to turn the game around single-handedly. READ: Glenn Maxwell’s heroics takes Australia through to the final

“Maxi has had a lot of doubt and hasn’t been in the greatest of form. But an innings like that tonight shows why he’s one of the first picked in this side, because he’s so dangerous and can win us games like that in a few overs,” said Marsh

“He actually told me we’ll just take them for ones. Next thing he’s playing a reverse-sweep for six. I absolutely loved it. Maxi is a free spirit, you’ve just got to let him go and do what he does. When it comes off like that it’s unbelievable to watch,” he added.

Marsh says that he is pleased with his performance after coming into bat at a tricky situation. He added 122 with Smith, which paved the way for an Australian win. READ: Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa, Glenn Maxwell: Australia’s spin woes finally have answers

Marsh said, “It’s right up there, I think any time you can bat through an innings and be not out in a win in a crucial chase like that, it’s very satisfying,” Marsh said of his own innings. “I’ve put in a lot of work. I haven’t had much of an opportunity – well, I have, but I haven’t taken them in this series. So it was really nice to step up and get us over the line.”

Australia will take on either West Indies or South Africa in the final of the tri-series on Sunday.