Australia thrash England in T20 clash

Dean Simpson
February 11, 2018

The 31-year-old left England reeling at 3-34 in the fourth over at the MCG when he ran out Dawid Malan with a brilliant direct hit.

An Australian Twenty20 side filled with fresh faces from the Big Bash booked their spot in the Auckland showpiece with a seven-wicket win in Melbourne, having previously blown away England and New Zealand.

David Willey had Warner (2) caught behind in the first over to hand the tourists a glimmer of hope - the stand-in Aussie skipper's poor form in this series continuing - but Chris Lynn soon snatched that from them.

To that end, a pair of boundaries from Billings to begin the 18th over was a good start but he was caught off Billy Stanlake (2-28) from the next ball and when Kane Richardson (3-33) had Buttler caught on the rope from the last ball of the innings, England were 137-7.

Morgan picked up a groin strain at training on Friday, and Buttler was told on the morning of the match that he would take charge, with James Vince coming into the side. In those white-ball innings against England since the turn of the year, Warner has returned four single-figure scores. We didn't soak up the early pressure and lost wickets.

Buttler felt that the batting has let England down in the match at the MCG where none of the top four were able to make a meaningful contribution.

Tom Curran - 1/10 - The young seamer was only given two overs as Lynn and Short took him for 23 from his spell. Billings had been fired out earlier for a deflection behind off the bowling of Stoinis, but his use of England's lone review showed the ball had struck trouser rather than glove.

Australia defeated England by 5 wickets to record their second win in the T20I triangular series at Bellerive Oval in Hobart on Wednesday. He scored a 40* against New Zealand and followed it up with an unbeaten 103 against England.

Australia maintained clean sheet in the ongoing Trans-Tasman T20I series including England and New Zealand. Australia chased down the target in 14.3 overs, and have qualified for the final of the tri-series.

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