Glenn Maxwell’s not in trouble for breaking stuff in Wellington, despite smashing up a seat with a six in a destructive over during Australia’s win over New Zealand on Wednesday night.
In fact, the batsman was asked to autograph the damaged seat, which will be auctioned off for charity.
Maxwell was at his destructive, six-hitting best in the third T20 between Australia and the Black Caps at Wellington’s Sky Stadium.
During his quick-fire innings of 71 from just 31 balls, the hard-hitting Australian smashed five maximums – including one shattered seat – into the Wellington stands.
One of the lusty blows smashed a hole in a seat backing in the stadium that was empty due to no crowds being able to attend because of New Zealand’s COVID-19 alert level two status, which restricts gatherings of more than 100 people.
Sky Stadium CEO Shane Harmon posted a photograph of the badly damaged seat, pledging to offer it on the online auction site Trade Me in the coming days with the profits to go to Wellington Homeless Women’s Trust.
Asked post-match if he would place a bid, Maxwell said: “I’ll make a donation, and an apology for breaking a seat. I hadn’t hit too many in the middle, so I was happy to get it over the fence.”
The seat-smashing over, the 17th of Australia’s innings and bowler Jimmy Neesham’s last, went 4, 6, 4, 4, 4, 6 as Maxwell swung hard towards the short side boundaries and boosted the touring side to a total of 4-208.