Australia outplay England to cruise into T20 tri-series…

Lynette Rowe
February 11, 2018

England next face New Zealand in consecutive matches in Wellington (Feb. 13) and Hamilton (Feb. 18) as they attempt to join Australia in the final. In front of 42,691 fans here, the Australian worldwide summer was closed in style with a dominant seven-wicket win, with 33 balls to spare.

England were ordinary in their outing last time, but they have what it takes to beat Australia at home. Now, once again this two giant teams have participated in the tri nation series where the new member is New Zealand.

Stanlake had been harshly dealt with by England's batsmen in that match, but this time he was able to get into the game early when Alex Hales skied one in the first over and Finch made decent ground running with the flight of the ball towards the boundary from mid-on to hold a juggling catch. They will be the key bowlers for Australia in the upcoming match. Although, in cricketing terms, that's a good number - could a smaller ground have hosted the fixture?

They have achieved that despite stand-in captain David Warner being in something of a white-ball form slump which began during Australia's 4-1 ODI series loss to England.

The visitors lost skipper Eoin Morgan to injury in the lead-up to Saturday's clash and struggled in his absence, finishing on 7-137 off their 20 overs.

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Warner feels numerous players took confidence from excellent Big Bash League campaigns with the side taking on the look of a BBL team of the tournament. "We never really felt like we had enough (runs)".

England's vaunted top-order crashed, losing three wickets inside the opening four overs, as Australia's stunning revival continued.

"The Big Show" was caught behind going for another huge shot, having smashed 39 from just 26 balls. Chris Jordan took highest 2 wickets for England.

Cape Town - Stand-in England skipper Jos Buttler conceded that his team have been far from their best in the two games they have played in the Aussie leg of the T20I Trans-Tasman tri-series. But in 16 runs both were gone.

Buttler and James Vince tried to stem the rot with a 36-run stand over the next six overs before the latter was bowled by a full length slower delivery from Tye. Later, Buttler and Billings played and added few runs where Billings scored 29 runs so far.

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