Australia thrash England in T20 clash

Doug Mendoza
February 11, 2018

Australia did not face any problem while chasing down England's total as riding on Glenn Maxwell's blistering ton, they reached home with 9 balls to spare. In front of 42,691 fans here, the Australian global summer was closed in style with a dominant seven-wicket win, with 33 balls to spare. He duly accompanied Short to the finish, leaving Australia's players with three T20 wins from three in this series and a spring in their step ahead of the Allan Border Medal awards ceremony in Melbourne on Monday night.

Australia bowler Kane Richardson, who claimed figures of 3-33, heaped praise on the team's bowling effort on a two-paced pitch.

He scored 46 to rebuild the innings but was unable to push on as England stuttered to a mediocre score of 137.

England have been in Australia since late October and although the T20I squad is vastly different from the Test players who started the tour, the Three Lions looked a bit tired in Melbourne. 'We were never able to get up to a score that was defendable, really.

Seventh in the ICC T20 rankings, Australia have made a flawless start to the tri-series with victories over fourth-ranked England and second-ranked New Zealand. I tried to be better than a run-a-ball with about five overs to go and then to kick on.

Australian opener Aaron Finch was cleared to return from a hamstring injury, with Travis Head out of the side.

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Stanlake has taken six wickets in the three matches so far while Richardson took 3/33 in the win at the MCG.

The flashy Vince (21) showcased his usual mixed bag of shots before being bowled by Andrew Tye as England sank to 70 for 4 in the 11th over.

Stand-in skipper Jos Buttler blamed himself after England suffered an emphatic defeat at the hands of Australia in Melbourne.

The injury could prove to be a major blow for England with team doctors yet to make a call on whether Morgan will be available for the New Zealand leg of the series.

England's team selection for the last game had some questionable inductees.

For the seventh time in seven games, Australia's attack dog David Warner was neutered, this time edging David Willey through to the keeper. They were well and truly backed up in the field, epitomised by Warner's quicksilver running throw to beat Dawid Malan and Agar's athletic running take to dismiss Jos Buttler at the end of a halting England innings.

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