Eng­land left high and dry af­ter beat­ing

Sunday Times - - Sport | Soccer -

● Aus­tralia cruised to a seven-wicket vic­tory over Eng­land with more than five overs to spare to re­main un­beaten af­ter three games in the tri­an­gu­lar Twenty20 se­ries in Mel­bourne yes­ter­day.

The Aus­tralians re­stricted Eng­land to 137/7 off their 20 overs with pace­man Kane Richard­son tak­ing three wick­ets and then the home team knocked up the runs off just 14.3 overs.

A match-win­ning part­ner­ship of 65 be­tween Glenn Maxwell (39) and D’Arcy Short (36 not out), plus cameos from Chris Lynn (31) and Aaron Finch (20 not out from five balls), got Aus­tralia home.

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

The game-defin­ing se­quence came when Maxwell and Short ac­cel­er­ated the score from 65 for two at the end of the ninth over to 104 for two af­ter the 11th, 39 runs flow­ing over just two overs.

“Our play­ers have been in tremen­dous form com­ing off the Big Bash League and they are play­ing with free­dom,” Aus­tralia skip­per David Warner said.

“The bowlers ex­e­cuted their game beau­ti­fully and the way the bat­ters fin­ished it off was ab­so­lutely clin­i­cal.” But Warner’s form is again in the spot­light af­ter his re­lent­less play­ing sched­ule. This time he lasted just four balls, nick­ing a David Wil­ley outswinger on two. —

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