Australia restrict England to 137-7 in T20

Posted February 12, 2018

Glenn Maxwell works the ball away as Australia cruised home to victory over England.

That was the final act of this long England tour in Australia, including a 4-0 Ashes defeat and a 4-1 one-day success. Though it was a complete team effort from Australia and are looking seriously good outfit to win the tournament.

Australia won with 33 balls to spare and have booked their spot in the final in Auckland on 21 February thanks to the three tri-series victories.

"Our players have been in tremendous form coming off the Big Bash League, they are playing with freedom and they're playing fearless cricket", he was reported as saying by Sky Sports. However, England were bundled out for 137.

England will play without regular skipper Eoin Morgan, who strained his right groin during training and was replaced by James Vince.

"The beauty of a tri-series is we still have a chance to make the final", Buttler said. "We didn't do that".

The visitors lost 5 for 18 through their middle order and that could be extended to 6 for 33 if we include the fall of captain Eoin Morgan. "I never got going and we were never able to get to a defendable score".

Alex Hales's 50th T20 worldwide lasted 11 balls as he was caught smartly by Aaron Finch, who had to run back from mid-on to catch the ball over his right shoulder at the second attempt.

From the moment David Warner caught the in-form Dawid Malan short with a brilliant throw from mid-on, and probably before that, too, it was Australia all the way.

D'Arcy Short walks on to the field to bat.

Glenn Maxwell, who scored a stunning century in the five-wicket triumph last time out, top scored again for his side with 39 as the hosts chased down England's 137-7 easily.

Lynn's 31 off 19 balls took Australia to 51 for two in the sixth over, taking the number of runs required below balls remaining.

The Yorkshire all-rounder added a six-ball ten, including two boundaries, before offering an easy catch to David Warner.

But also, in the lead up to the 2020 T20 World Cup, Warner is, for just about the first time in his career, not an automatic selection in the side.