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Maxwell targeting whitewash repeat

Glenn Maxwell, the Australia all-rounder, wants his side to "keep the foot on the throat" of England and secure another 5-0 series victory.

England are yet to get the better of their old rivals since arriving in Australia, their stay marred already by that 5-0 Ashes whitewash.

The hosts have since followed that up by casting England aside easily in the first of five one-day internationals. Australia won in Melbourne by six wickets.

Maxwell appraised the tourists yesterday and stated that England looked "drained" during that match, most notably when a period of sloppy fielding cost them dearly as they tried to defend a score of 269 for seven. A record 163-run opening stand between Aaron Finch and David Warner - who both survived dropped catches before they reached 10 - then set Australia on their way to win with 26 balls in hand.

Maxwell is now eager to ensure there is no respite for the beleaguered tourists. "I think we can [win 5-0]," he said. "The England team yesterday looked a little bit drained, a bit tired - I think they're still carrying effects from the Ashes.

"Hopefully we can keep the foot on the throat and make it 10-0. Definitely with their fielding, when Finchy and Warner took off, it was a bit like, 'Here we go again' for them. Hopefully that continues - I love beating England and I'm sure everyone else does in Australia."

Maxwell did have some sympathy for Alastair Cook's side, though, after they were denied the wicket of David Warner despite Jos Buttler claiming a catch behind when the batsman was on 22. Warner accepted Buttler's assessment and began to walk off before the standing umpires overruled the decision following a television review.

"Davey was pretty convinced he was out," said Cook afterwards. "If you take the fielder's word, and the batter is happy to go, I think it should be left [to the players]. It looked out."

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