Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Australia beat England by 7 wickets in T20 tri-series match

England slumped to a five-wicket loss in their opening match of the Trans Tasman Series England slumped to a five-wicket loss in their opening match of the Trans Tasman Series
Cassandra Gardner | 11 February, 2018, 05:13

The tournament now moves across to New Zealand with the Kiwis facing England in Wellington on Tuesday, February 13.

Billy Stanlake - 7/10 - Stanlake and opening partner Richardson took five of the seven England wickets as he finished with figures of 2-28.

Buttler produced the top-score of the match but laboured for his 46, while the likes of D'Arcy Short, Chris Lynn and Glenn Maxwell all batted with unfettered freedom in a speedy chase.

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

Cape Town - David Warner was full of praise for Australia's T20I side that after he led them to the Trans-Tasman tri-series final, saying they played "fearless" cricket.

However, the Kangaroos have stormed back to win three back-to-back games in the ongoing T20 tri-series series involving New Zealand and England.

A third consecutive victory for Australia in this Twenty20 tri-series, the first against New Zealand and the last two against England, takes them to the final and leaves the other two facing a mighty scrap to join them in Auckland. But Warner's form is again in the spotlight after his relentless playing schedule.

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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.

Now, in the 3rd T20I, Australia won by 7 wickets at Melbourne against England.

Even Buttler, the Englishman most capable of destroying any opponent, was subdued while top scoring, scoring at fewer than a run a ball before he holed out off the final delivery to put the seal on an under-whelming batting performance.

Warner left England in trouble at 34-3 in the fourth over when he ran out Dawid Malan with a direct hit.

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

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.

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.

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