Aussies into tri-series final with seven-wicket smashing of England

Eoin Morgan's men stumbled to a massively sub-par 137-7 from their 20 overs, with Jos Buttler the only man to provide resistance in Melbourne. "We still have a chance to make that final", Buttler said. We were determined to show what we are capable of and we didn't do that, ' said Buttler, deputising as captain for the injured Eoin Morgan.

"It was a disappointing day, especially after a poor performance in Hobart (a five-wicket defeat)". Australia, meanwhile, the Big Bash all-stars, suddenly look the best T20 side in world cricket.

Aaron Finch ended the match with a six that saw Australia race past England's dismal total of 137 with 33 balls remaining. "We haven't showcased our ability as we know we can and there are guys in that dressing room determined to come back strong".

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

Although he top-scored in England's laboured innings, Buttler couldn't find his usual timing during his 46 off 49 balls, and then watched as Australia hurtled to the target with more than five overs to spare, and finished their home season in style. Australia assured their spot in the final of the series. After a dismal showing in the Ashes, England surprisingly thrashed Australia 4-1 in the ODI series and now they have put themselves in a precarious position in the T20I tri series as travel to New Zealand to play the Kiwis for the first time.

Whether Morgan will be back to lead a push for the final remains to be seen, with doctors yet to establish the severity of his groin complaint.

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"He got a little niggle yesterday (Saturday) in training", Buttler was quoted as saying by the report.

England were bullied early by Australia's pace duo of Kane Richardson and Billy Stanlake to be left wobbling at 34 for 3 before they made a brief recovery.

Without him and Morgan, England's batting, remarkable for a side with all-rounders down to nine, looked a touch thin.

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'It's a good feeling to win but in T20 cricket when you get a roll on, teams can be hard to stop, ' he said. I'd expect them to bounce back'.

  • Jill Young