Australia beats England by seven wickets in T20 tri-series match

Sheri Evans
February 11, 2018

The win ensured Australia will play in the tri-series final in Auckland, New Zealand, on February 21 with preliminary matches now switching to New Zealand.

However, the in-form D'Arcy Short and the devastating Chris Lynn choked England with their aggressive approach.

A delighted Warner, serving as captain for the match, said: "The guys from the Big Bash have been in tremendous form and are playing fearlessly". "The bowlers executed their game beautifully and the way the batters finished it off was absolutely clinical".

Jos Buttler is hoping for one more crack at toppling Australia's Twenty20 specialists but knows England will have to improve considerably to reach the final of the Trans-Tasman tri-series. This time he lasted just four balls, nicking a David Willey outswinger on two.

Toss: David Warner, the Australian captain, won the toss and opted to bowl against England in the third Twenty20 global of the tri-series, with New Zealand as the other team, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne on Saturday (February 10).

He is expected to travel with the T20 side to New Zealand before heading straight to South Africa for the first of four Tests.

"It was another poor performance for us", stand-in captain Jos Buttler said.

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The only real difference was of scale, England's 137-7 falling 18 runs short of their previous losing tally and the haste with which it was knocked off, with 33 balls unused here.

"Again, the power of Australia proved too much", he added.

David Warner produced some shrewd fielding to run out Dawid Malan as Australia secured back-to-back victories over England in the tri-nation T20 victories on Saturday.

James Vince's run-a-ball 21 and an eye-catching 29 from Sam Billings was about as good as it got for them, despite accounting for the unsafe David Warner (2) early in Australia's response.

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.

Billings struck the only six of England's innings when he smashed Ashton Agar over long-on in the 14th over, but he fell to Stanlake, with Warner taking the first of two catches at mid-off.

With legspinner Adam Zampa again overlooked, man of the match Kane Richardson (3-33), Billy Stanlake (2-28), Kane Richardson (3-33) and Andrew Tye (1-29) did the damage.

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