Maxwell's incredible piece of history in epic knock

Glenn Maxwell achieved a unique piece of cricket history as he guided Australia to victory with a sensational century.

The 'Big Show' hit an unbeaten 103 from 58 balls at Bellerive Oval on Wednesday night as Australia recorded a five-wicket tri-series win over England.

With Australia needing one run for victory and Maxwell 97 not out, the Victorian blasted a six over deep square leg to notch triple figures.

In a stand-out all-round performance, Maxwell also chipped in with three wickets as England spluttered to 9-155.

What a knock! Image: Getty

It marked the first time in an international T20 that someone has scored a century and taken more than two wickets in the same game.

It's the second time in two matches the Victorian has been at the crease to guide his country across the line.

Maxwell scored 40 not out as the Aussies cruised past New Zealand in a rain-affected match at the weekend.

It was a trickier scenario against the Poms though, who had the ball swinging and Australia in trouble at 2-4 in the first over.

"It's probably something people doubted in my ability - to get through tough periods of bowling," Maxwell said.

"They had the ball moving around."

He had two lives, though, dropped on 40 in the eighth over and given a controversial reprieve on 59 when the third umpire ruled Jason Roy hadn't taken a catch cleanly in the deep.

Maxwell was left out of Australia's squad for the England one-day series and had his training put under the spotlight by captain Steve Smith.

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He appears a long way from a Test recall despite being the leading runscorer at the halfway point of the Sheffield Shield.

"If I look back at previous summers I've probably had scattered form," the 29-year-old said.

"The pleasing thing this summer is that I've been a lot more consistent."

with AAP