Australia restricts England to 7-137 in T20 at MCG

D'Arcy Short

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England continue the T20 tri-series against New Zealand on Tuesday 13 February in Wellington.

Buttler top-scored for England with 46 but was unable to break the shackles imposed by Australia's disciplined bowling attack.

It was a memorable finish to the summer for Australia, who have recovered well in the tri-series after their ODI malaise. The likes of Sam Billings and James Vince also tried to play a supporting hand but they never looked comfortable.

In the final worldwide fixture of the Australian season, the hosts finished with a bang on Saturday (February 10). The hosts ended on 138-3 after Australia captain David Warner won the toss and elected to field. So, English team came to bat with had no choice and scored 137 runs in selected 20 overs.

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Kane Richardson collected the pick of the figures, taking three for 33 as he topped and tailed the 20 overs, while all-rounder Marcus Stoinis got through his allocation for a miserly 18 runs. Glenn Maxwell then added more to England's miseries with 26-ball 39.

The injury could prove to be a major blow for England with stand-in skipper Jos Buttler admitting he was unsure whether Morgan would be available for the New Zealand leg of the series. When he departed for 39 via a top edge to give Chris Jordan his second wicket, he was replaced by Finch who sealed a dominant performance with back-to-back sixes. Australia took only 14.3 overs to reach the destination. But in 16 runs both were gone.

As in the Ashes Test series, he largely flattered to deceive, with two fortunate boundaries through third man before he was undone by a masterful change of pace from Andrew Tye and dismissed for a run-a-ball 21. Billings and Buttler combined for an important 43-run partnership to ensure England posted a competitive total but Australia's tight bowling at the death ensured they kept the batsmen on a tight leash.

THE bullocking English batsmen have been brought to heel at the MCG as Australia's attack limited the tourists to just 7-137 in front of 40,000 people seeing off the worldwide summer of cricket. Richardson took three and Stanlake took two wickets for England so far.

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