By Michael Stafford-Jones
- Jos Buttler smashes 61 and Hales hammers 49 as England make 221-5
- Aaron Finch hits excellent 84 but Australia fall 28 runs short of target
- Adil Rashid and Chris Jordan each take 3 wickets as England bowl tourists out
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – Jos Buttler’s fifty and three wickets each for Adil Rashid and Chris Jordan earn England a 28-run win over Australia in the Twenty20 International.
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Jason Roy – 7/10 – Got England’s innings off to a great start with rapid 44 off 26 balls.
Jos Buttler – 8/10 – Hammered Australia’s bowling to all parts of the ground as he hit six fours and five sixes during blistering 61 off 30 balls.
Eoin Morgan – 4/10 – Smashed a four and a six during quick-fire cameo of 15.
Alex Hales – 7/10 – Hit 49 off 24 balls when he took over from Buttler as England’s destroyer.
Joe Root – 6/10 – Carried England past the 200 mark with brisk 35 off 24 balls.
Jonny Bairstow – 6/10 – Clobbered two huge sixes to finish England’s innings in style. Ended on 14 not out.
Moeen Ali – 2/10 – Had a day to forget as Aaron Finch took a liking to his bowling and flayed it to all corners of the venue. Got the wicket of Travis Head but finished with 1-58 in 4 overs.
David Willey – 4/10 – Bowled tidily and got the late wicket of Andrew Tye to finish with 1-31 in 4 overs.
Liam Plunkett – 6/10 – Dismissed the dangerous D’Arcy Short before he could get going, then returned to finish the innings by removing Stanlake. Ended with 2-34 in 3.4 overs.
Chris Jordan – 7/10 – Removed big-hitter Glenn Maxwell for 10 and then took two more wickets as Australia went for broke late in the innings. Ended with 3-42 in 4 overs.
Adil Rashid – 8/10 – He was the pick of the bowlers once again as he took 3-27 in 4 overs. He dismissed Alex Carey and Marcus Stoinis in the space of three balls and then came back for a second spell and snared the crucial wicket of Finch.
D’Arcy Short – 3/10 – Hit three fours but got out for 12 too early to make much of an impact.
Aaron Finch – 9/10 – He was the best batsman on the day with 84 off 41 balls, but did not get enough support. He should have brought Marcus Stoinis on instead of Kane Richardson when the seamer was struggling.
Glenn Maxwell – 2/10 – Out for 10 when Australia really needed a lot more from him.
Travis Head – 3/10 – Another batsman to get a start and then lose his wicket for 15 when his team needed more.
Alex Carey – 1/10 – Bowled by Rashid for 3.
Marcus Stoinis – 4/10 – Out to Rashid for a duck. However, he took a brilliant catch to dismiss Alex Hales off his own bowling and should have been given more overs.
Ashton Agar – 6/10 – He is becoming a consistent performer for Australia. He was their most economical bowler – 0-34 in 4 overs – and made 29 off 23 balls.
Andrew Tye – 5/10 – Failed to take a wicket but went for less runs than the other seamers (0-37 in 4 overs), then made a useful 20 off 11 balls with the bat.
Kane Richardson – 0/10 – Ended with the 17th worst bowling figures in T20I history (0-59 in 4 overs)
Mitchell Swepson – 7/10 – The leg-spinner dismissed Buttler and Morgan during an exciting debut spell of 2-37.
Billy Stanlake – 1/10 – Got the wicket of Roy but that was his only break from the pummelling he received from England’s batsmen. He was spared further humiliation when his captain took him off before his last over but still went for 44 runs.
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