Australia restrict England to 137-7 in T20

Posted February 12, 2018

England were waiting to find out the seriousness of the injury to captain Eoin Morgan which ruled him out of the T20 in Melbourne, but stand-in skipper Jos Buttler hoped a change of scenery would help them revive their tri-series campaign when they cross the Tasman, and give them the chance of seeking revenge on Australia in the final.

The hosts continued their flawless T20I run to make it to the tri-series final which will be played in Auckland on February 21.

England need back-to-back wins over the Black Caps in Wellington and Hamilton to stand any chance of heading home with the silverware but Buttler believes a desire to right some wrongs will boost them. Hopefully we can meet Australia and put on a better show.

England must now win both their games against New Zealand to be guaranteed a place in the final.

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"It was another poor performance from us, we didn't quite soak up the pressure early on with the bat and then we never really kicked on", Buttler said.

It's a pretty similar England team to the ODIs and they smashed us pretty well in that series.

'We haven't showcased our ability as we know we can yet and there are guys in that dressing room who will be determined to come back strong'.

Speaking after his side's seven wicket victory over England at the MCG Warner said: "Our players have been in tremendous form coming off the Big Bash League, they are playing with freedom and they're playing fearless cricket".

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From the moment David Warner caught the in-form Dawid Malan short with a brilliant throw from mid-on, and probably before that, too, it was Australia all the way.

Power openers Jason Roy and Alex Hales departed early which saw momentum grind to a halt. "I struggled, I was trying hard and it didn't manage to work". "We never really felt like we had enough (runs)".

The visitors lost 5 for 18 through their middle order and that could be extended to 6 for 33 if we include the fall of captain Eoin Morgan.

Chasing 138 to win on Saturday night after Warner won the toss and elected to field, Glenn Maxwell (39) and D'Arcy Short (36 not out) blasted the hosts to victory with 27 balls to spare.

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