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Australia restricts England to 7-137 in T20 at MCG

11 February 2018

England would be on the ropes when the series enters its New Zealand leg on Tuesday if they falter in this match. He arrived when England had lost three wickets inside the first four overs, and nudged just above a run a ball early in his stay, but struggled to up the tempo against Ashton Agar, Marcus Stoinis and the slower-ball variations of AJ Tye.

The unbeaten Australians are all but assured of a spot in the February 21 final in Auckland after downing England by five wickets in Hobart and beating New Zealand in the series opener ahead of Saturday's match.

It was a second drubbing for England after going down by five wickets to Australia in Hobart, Australia, on Wednesday. An ideal opportunity to take worldwide cricket to a venue where little is seen of the Australian team was missed.

D'arcy Short - 8/10 - Batting through the innings to see Australia home, Short batted carefully compared to his partners, finishing with 36 from 33 balls.

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.

England's night got off to a bad start when captain Eoin Morgan was forced to pull out with a groin injury that threatens his participation in what have become those all-important two matches against New Zealand next week.

Jos Buttler - 8/10 - It was a case of rebuilding when Buttler came to the crease, hence why the wicketkeeper batsmen scored at less than a run a ball. Jordan finished with figures of 2-26, with the two key wickets of Lynn and Maxwell. I was hoping to be better than a run-a-ball with five overs to go and then really kick on, but it never happened.

Dawid Malan - 3/10 - Malan started okay with 10 from 10 balls, but can count himself slightly unlucky to be dismissed after Warner ran him out with an exceptional bit of fielding. Buttler was a big factor in England reaching their score, top scoring with 46, and the tourists would have been much worse off without their stand-in skipper. His run out of Malan who made just 10 runs was certainly far more impressive. The strategy worked. Australia's collective bowling effort throttled England at 137 for 7 in 20 overs.

Australia restricts England to 7-137 in T20 at MCG