Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Australia thrash England to book final berth

Australia thrash England to book final berth

This was all too like the Ashes, Australia proving far too dominant for a meek and mild England team who appear to have temporarily lost the mojo that saw them win the one-day series here so emphatically.

Australia restricted England to 137-7 off their 20 overs, with paceman Kane Richardson taking three wickets before the hosts knocked up the runs off just 14.3 overs.

In front of a 42,691 crowd at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Short (36 not out), Maxwell (39) and Lynn (31) contributed with crucial boundaries to seal their third consecutive win of the tournament with 33 balls to spare.

England go in to their second IT20 Tri-Series match against Australia looking to get points on the board and reduce their opponents' lead at the top of the table.

The game-defining sequence came when Maxwell and Short accelerated the score from 65-2 at the end of the ninth over to 104-2 after the 11th, 39 runs flowing over just two overs.

But Warner's form is again in the spotlight after his relentless playing schedule.

After Maxwell departed in the 14th over, Finch enjoyed an entertaining five-ball cameo that yielded a pair of sixes and two fours to complete the victory.

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 from us, we didn't quite soak up the pressure early on with the bat and then we never really kicked on", said Buttler.

Their innings was epitomised by Morgan's replacement in James Vince who struggled for any sort of rhythm and ran terribly in his first competitive England match since the final Test in Sydney, being put out of his misery after an ugly 21.

Richardson (3/33) and Billy Stanlake (2/28) claimed five wickets between them after Australia were sent into bat.

The most fluent batting came from Sam Billings, something of a almost man in this England side, who hit 29 off 23 balls including one outrageous left-handed pull for four off Andrew Tye.

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