By George Marrable
- Australia beat England by seven wickets in Melbourne
- England are now without a win after their first two games of the tri-series
- Glenn Maxwell top scored with 39 as Australia comfortably chased down 138
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – England find themselves in serious trouble in the T20 tri-series with Australia and New Zealand after losing by seven wickets to their Ashes counterparts.
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David Warner – 3/10 – Warner was dismissed early on by David Willey, edging behind to Jos Buttler and offering England a glimmer of early hope in the match. Warner did, however, dismiss Malan with a brilliant run-out earlier on in the game.
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. He rotated the strike well to allow Chris Lynn and Glenn Maxwell to keep finding the boundary.
Chris Lynn – 7/10 – Called into action in the first over of the innings, Lynn attacked the England bowlers; consistently finding the boundary and not being afraid to hit over the top.
Glenn Maxwell – 8/10 – Maxwell top scored for Australia with 39 from 26 balls. He took over from Lynn with his brutal batting, peppering the boundary and punishing England’s bowlers whenever they missed their areas.
Aaron Finch – 7/10 – An astonishing cameo from Finch, who finished the game off in style. Dropped down the order, Finch came in and hit 20 from just five balls, all of which came from boundaries.
Marcus Stoinis – 6/10 – Whilst he did not get the chance to perform with the bat due to Australia’s explosive top order display, Stoinis performed very well with the ball. Although he finished wicketless, he went for just 18 from his four overs, bowling tight, accurate lines to restrict England’s batsmen.
Alex Carey – 4/10 – Carey did not bat in Australia’s innings, but took a catch to get the early wicket of Jason Roy.
Ashton Agar – 4/10 – The all-rounder has previously been a thorn in England’s side, but could not make much of an impact with the ball, despite bowling fairly economically.
Andrew Tye – 5/10 – Tye picked up the important wicket of James Vince as the England batsman just started to find his feet, but was one of Australia’s more expensive bowlers in the innings.
Kane Richardson – 8/10 – Australia’s fast bowler led the charge in Melbourne, taking 3-33. Bowling sharply, he was the most expensive Australian bowler, but came away with three big wickets, dismissing Roy, Willey and Jos Buttler.
Billy Stanlake – 7/10 – Stanlake and opening partner Richardson took five of the seven England wickets as he finished with figures of 2-28.
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Jason Roy – 3/10 – Roy’s struggle for consistency continued as he could only make 8 runs at the top of the innings.
Alex Hales – 2/10 – Hales made just 2 as England once again got off to a poor start.
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.
James Vince – 5/10 – After England struggled early on, Vince started to consolidate the innings before bwing clean bowled by Andrew Tye for 21 from 21 balls.
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. 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.
Sam Billings – 6/10 – Supporting Buttler as England rebuilt their innings, Billings added a very useful 29 runs in the latter overs.
Liam Dawson – 2/10 – Dawson only bowled two overs before being taken off after Australian batsmen attacked the spinner.
David Willey – 5/10 – The left armer picked up an early wicket to give England a good start to their innings, but could only add 10 to the score at the end of the match.
Chris Jordan – 7/10 – Australia’s batsmen took on all of England’s bolwers, but Jordan made a couple of breakthroughs to disrupt their attack. Jordan finished with figures of 2-26, with the two key wickets of Lynn and Maxwell.
Adil Rashid – 2/10 – Rashid came away wicketless from the game after Australian batsmen put England to the sword.
Tom Curran – 1/10 – The young seamer was only given two overs as Lynn and Short took him for 23 from his spell.
England continue the T20 tri-series against New Zealand on Tuesday 13th February in Wellington.
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