Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Jos Buttler eyeing T20 ultimate revenge in opposition to Australia

Jos Buttler eyeing T20 ultimate revenge in opposition to Australia

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

Marcus Stoinis was the most economical bowler, with just 18 off his allocation, and Kane Richardson finished with three wickets including Buttler from the final ball of the innings.

Australia are looking to round out the home leg of the T20I tri-series against England and New Zealand with a full allotment of points with a win in Melbourne.

A nightmare start, meanwhile, to the fourth one-day worldwide in Adelaide last month, when they lost five for eight, then cost them their chance of inflicting a 5-0 drubbing on Australia. An ideal opportunity to take worldwide cricket to a venue where little is seen of the Australian team was missed.

The most fluent batting came from Sam Billings, something of a almost man in this England side, who hit 29 off 23 balls including one outrageous left-handed pull for four off Andrew Tye.

Aaron Finch ended the match with a six that saw Australia race past England's dismal total of 137 with 33 balls remaining.

Buttler produced the top-score of the match but laboured for his 46, while the likes of D'Arcy Short, Chris Lynn and Glenn Maxwell all batted with unfettered freedom in a speedy chase.

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Glenn Maxwell - 8/10 - Maxwell top scored for Australia with 39 from 26 balls.

Lynn's blitz did not last, Chris Jordan cramping him on the pull in the sixth over, but the balance of power was fixed.

Alex Hales - 2/10 - Hales made just 2 as England once again got off to a poor start. Australia took only 14.3 overs to reach the destination. I was hoping to be better than a run-a-ball with five overs to go and then really kick on, but it never happened.

Warner took two catches and threw down the stumps to run out Daiwd Malan in an effort the defied any suggestion he was running out of puff. His run out of Malan who made just 10 runs was certainly far more impressive.

Buttler was involved in another crucial partnership, this time with Sam Billings as the duo added 43 runs between them in 41 deliveries.

Captain Eoin Morgan was a surprise absentee from the tourists' XI, having picked up a groin injury on the eve of the match, and in his absence England laboured against a skilful attack.

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