Aussies need 138 to beat England in T20

Malan expects the'never say die approach to serve England's Twenty20 side well
Malan expects the'never say die approach to serve England's Twenty20 side well

12 February, 2018

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.

Glenn Maxwell (39) then played a fine cameo during his 65-run stand with D'Arcy Short (36 not out). "We haven't showcased our ability as we know we can and there are guys in that dressing room determined to come back strong".

Australia defeated England by seven wickets with 33 balls to spare in the final match of the summer on Australian soil, and in the process secured a spot in the tri-series final.

Buttler, nevertheless, is confident of making it to the final, "We still have a chance to make that final". It was a complete team effort at the slow MCG wicket from them and everything went according to the plan.

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

Complementing Richardson's three wickets for Australia were Billy Stanlake (2-28) and Andrew Tye (1-29).

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Sam Billings and stand-in captain Buttler rebuilt after Jason Roy (8), Alex Hales (3) and Dawid Malan (10) were dismissed to get the tourists to a semi-competitive total by rotating the strike and running hard, rather than aggressive stroke play. That he ended with England's top score owed more to duty than his usual pyrotechnics.

"We didn't quite soak up the pressure early on with the bat and then we never really kicked on".

It was Australia's third consecutive win in the tri-series, which now shifts to New Zealand and a match Tuesday in Wellington between England and New Zealand. In front of 42,000 at the MCG they were muted from the off and set a slender target of 138 which never looked like containing Australia's batting line-up.

New Zealand re-assemble with similar concerns to England over their middle order after three successive T20 defeats, with two new faces Mark Chapman and Tim Seifert summoned to address it.

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.

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