Australia restricts England to 7-137 in T20 at MCG

Australia power into Tri Series final

Australia power into Tri Series final David Warner is congratulated by his team-mates after running out Dawid Malan

Perhaps the biggest surprise has been Australia's second-string attack highlighted by a breakout performance from a towering Billy Stanlake, who has menaced through his great height and rapid fire bowing. They were well and truly backed up in the field, epitomised by Warner's quicksilver running throw to beat Dawid Malan and Agar's athletic running take to dismiss Jos Buttler at the end of a halting England innings.

Glenn Maxwell - 8/10 - Maxwell top scored for Australia with 39 from 26 balls. They also played the 3rd match of the tournament which was against Australia.

Australia, too, did not have a good start. Lynn was once again beaten by the ball moving back into him first up, but this time saw the ball squirt away towards the off side rather than thudding into the stumps.

Australia cruised to a comfortable seven-wicket success over England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday night.

Aaron Finch faced only five balls at the end of the match, firing the last two into the stands to seal victory with 33 deliveries spare.

Lynn found the fence four times and went over it twice before lobbing a catch to the keeper off Jordan.

After a hattrick of outstanding performances to commence the T20I tri-series, Australia have ostensibly unlocked the right formula in the shortest format.

In Eoin Morgan's absence through a groin injury, Buttler offered a solid, if not spectacular resistance but it was the regular loss of wickets which really hurt the tourists. Mark Wood was dropped.

England face New Zealand on Tuesday in desperate need of a win, while Australia's next match is against the Black Caps on Friday.

David Warner's poor form continued as he was caught behind off Willey for 2, but an attacking 19-ball 31 by Lynn meant that England were unable to capitalise on that early wicket.

Jos Buttler, captain in Morgan's stead, put on 36 with James Vince and 43 with Sam Billings but never came close to his domineering best despite top-scoring with 46. Billings had been fired out earlier for a deflection behind off the bowling of Stoinis, but his use of England's lone review showed the ball had struck trouser rather than glove. He managed one further boundary, an edge wide of Alex Carey, but could not provide the late onslaught. The excellent Richardson was to claim his third wicket when Buttler tried to clear the fence from the final ball of the innings, but could not quite reach the sight screen, where Agar, who had also been economical with the ball, made a running chance look far less hard than it was. They will now play New Zealand at the Eden Park in Auckland for their fourth game.

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