SOUTHAMPTON, England - Aaron Finch blasted the highest individual score in a Twenty20 international to power Australia to a drought-breaking 39-run win over England in Southampton on Thursday.
Opener Finch smashed a remarkable 156 off 63 balls as Australia scored 6-248 in the first innings, the second-highest international T20 team score.
It was Australia's first win in any international cricket format in more than 200 days as they landed an overdue blow against England after a 3-0 Ashes series loss.
Former Pakistani refugee Fawad Ahmed (0-43) made his much-awaited debut but the occasion was overshadowed by Finch's remarkable display of power hitting. The 26-year-old Victorian had a packed Rose Bowl in awe with an innings that featured a record 14 sixes and 11 fours.
He easily surpassed the previous international record of 123 set by New Zealand's Brendan McCullum and became the first Australian to score a T20 international century.