Australia wins toss, will bowl 1st vs England in MCG T20

Jos Buttler

Jos Buttler top-scored with 46 for England but for the second game running they were unable to apply any pressure to Australia's batsmen as they posted a significantly under-par total of 137-7 and, even without any one standout innings, the home side were able to cruise to victory. "We haven't performed to our abilities as yet, and that's disappointing".

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.

"The beauty of a tri-series is we still have a chance to make the final", Buttler said. It was a complete team effort at the slow MCG wicket from them and everything went according to the plan.

"He got a little niggle yesterday in training", Buttler said.

David Warner (captain), Aaron Finch, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey (wicket-keeper), Ben Dwarshuis, Travis Head, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, D'Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa.

A sluggish pitch at the MCG and some disciplined bowling from the hosts reduced England to 34-3 as Australia seized the early initiative.

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Then, buoyed by a deep batting line-up and with a small total to chase, the top order ran amok. "I struggled, I was trying hard and it didn't manage to work". 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.

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. "I'll have to improve and look at where I went wrong".

Australia, on the other hand, fired on all cylinders to chase down the target of 138 with almost six overs to spare.

England's performance represented a significant downturn from Wednesday's, when they started brightly with the bat and conjured some late drama with a spirited display in the field.

That is despite Australia fielding a side shorn, Warner aside, of all its Test stars ahead of the forthcoming series in South Africa.

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