Michael Vaughan and Graeme Swann had strong words for England star after T20 loss

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England paid the price for twice dropping Glenn Maxwell during their T20 defeat to Australia, but his century was not without controversy.

The 29-year-old sealed a five-wicket win with a thunderous six, a moment that summed up a dominant performance.

Yet, it could have all been so different had he not been put down, first by Alex Hales, and later by Jason Roy.

The ball appeared to have just carried to Roy, who held it in the tips of his fingers, with Maxwell seemingly dismissed on 59. At least, the on-field umpires saw it that way, before third umpire Chris Brown overturned the decision.

The contentious incident will raise further questions about the viability of judging such moments with the cameras, but Eoin Morgan was relatively philosophical nonetheless.

"Jason said it was out. I trust the player's call, I agreed with the on-field umpire at the time, but I can understand how it got overturned," the England captain was quoted by the Independent.

"Sometimes you don't get those decisions going your way. There were two dropped catches, officially. My opinion doesn't really matter but we always know TV makes it look worse than it is."

Unfortunately, there was no debate about the Hales incident, with the opener appearing to lose concentration for what should have been a more straightforward catch than he made it look.

This was far from the Nottinghamshire man's first offence in that department, too, and while he also got himself out for 22 with a tame shot that was caught and bowled by Ashton Agar, it was his lapses in the field that concerned pundits Michael Vaughan and Graeme Swann.

Hales has a major weakness 

"There’s just a few little chinks there in Alex Hales’ T20 armoury," Vaughan said, per the Cricketer.

"We’ve always known him as a tremendous batsman but we’ve mentioned his stats against left-arm spin.

"That’s a couple of catches gone down and that’s probably the reason he didn’t get an IPL contract."

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Swann echoed those sentiments, adding:

"He’s dropped two now, he needs to get back out on the practice ground and take some high balls.

"He focuses so much on his batting and he’s never been a huge trainer, it’s a side to the game he doesn’t like. His long-distance fielding is well below the mark."

The rest of England's top order will have to take some of the blame for the defeat, but there's plenty of food for thought for Hales in the meantime.

Do you think Hales' fielding is becoming a problem? Have your say in the comments. 

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