Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Jos Buttler wants another crack at Australia in Trans-Tasman tri-series

Jos Buttler wants another crack at Australia in Trans-Tasman tri-series

The tri-series shifts to Wellington on Tuesday when New Zealand hosts England.

The visitors were shorn of the services of Morgan due to a right groin strain suffered at training on Friday, Dawson and James Vince coming into the team and Buttler standing in as leader. In the match, for England Jos Buttler played as captain where the regular captain Morgan was injured.

Short played through to wrap the game up for Australia with Aaron Finch (20 not out) at the other end.

Legspinner Adam Zampa missed out for a second straight game with stand-in captain David Warner again set to lean on left-armer Ashton Agar and part-time tweaker Glenn Maxwell.

Australia booked their place in the T20 Tri-Series final with a crushing seven-wicket win over England at the MCG.

From there Australia's innings accelerated, as D'Arcy Short compiled a fine 36 not out, with Chris Lynn piling on 31 and Maxwell's fluent knock featuring two maximums, as he became the fourth Australian to pass 1,000 T20 worldwide runs.

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Sam Billings got off to a sluggish start, but exploded into life with a massive, 94m maximum - before being caught for a 23-ball 29 off the bowling of Billy Stanlake. 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.

Glenn Maxwell works the ball away as Australia cruised home to victory over England.

England's risky batting approach was again exposed with aggressive openers Jason Roy and Alex Hales both falling cheaply. To make matters worse, Dawid Malan ran himself out for a mere 10 runs, leaving England in trouble at 34 for 3. He was sent packing by Chris Jordan in the final over of the powerplay.

D'Arcy Short was 36 not out when Australia reached England's total of 137-7 with more than five overs to spare.

Australia maintained clean sheet in the ongoing Trans-Tasman T20I series including England and New Zealand.

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