Australia has set a new record score in Twenty20 international cricket, hitting 263-3 against Sri Lanka in Pallekele. All-rounder Glenn Maxwell hit 145 not out from just 65 balls. Maxwell, who opened the batting, hit nine sixes and 14 fours in his innings – the second-highest in international T20 cricket.

However, 27-year-old Maxwell was only playing as an opener after Finch broke a finger during the recent one-day series against Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka – who had won the toss and elected to bowl first – could only manage 178-9 in reply as Australia won the first game of the two-match series by 85 runs.

Australia’s T20 record comes just eight days after England set a new record score in one day international cricket, making 444 against Pakistan – which also beat a record previously held by Sri Lanka. Australia team-mate Aaron Finch holds the individual record score of 156, which came against England in 2013.

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