England left high and dry after beating
● 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. —