Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Australia power into Tri-Series final

Australia power into Tri-Series final

Warner left England in trouble at 34-3 in the fourth over when he ran out Dawid Malan with a direct hit.

With legspinner Adam Zampa again overlooked, Stanlake (2-28), Kane Richardson (3-33) and Tye (1-29) did the damage.

Australia captain David Warner won the toss and elected to bowl in a tri-series Twenty20 match Saturday against England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The fit-again Aaron Finch then put an exclamation mark on the result with a pair of mighty sixes off the bowling of David Willey, after he had been demoted to No. 5 to allow the younger Short to continue his impressive audition alongside the stand-in captain David Warner.

Billings struck the only six of England's innings when he smashed Ashton Agar over long on in the 14th over.

Buttler felt that the batting has let England down in the match at the MCG where none of the top four were able to make a meaningful contribution.

Alex Carey - 4/10 - Carey did not bat in Australia's innings, but took a catch to get the early wicket of Jason Roy. He duly accompanied Short to the finish, leaving Australia's players with three T20 wins from three in this series and a spring in their step ahead of the Allan Border Medal awards ceremony in Melbourne on Monday night.

England have suffered a blow with skipper Eoin Morgan ruled out due to a groin injury, with James Vince taking his place in the side and Jos Buttler handed the captaincy.

Tom Curran - 1/10 - The young seamer was only given two overs as Lynn and Short took him for 23 from his spell.

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.

The win ensured Australia will play in the tri-series final in Auckland February 21 with preliminary matches now switching to New Zealand.

But Stanlake brought the partnership to an end when David Warner latched on to a miscued shot by Billings at mid-off.

England now move on to New Zealand, who they will play in Wellington on Tuesday.

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