Maxwell stars again as dominant Australia reach final

Jonathan Hernandez
February 11, 2018

The triumph at the MCG was Australia's third in as many matches, beating New Zealand in Sydney before back-to-back victories against England.

Kane Richardson collected the pick of the figures, taking three for 33 as he topped and tailed the 20 overs, while all-rounder Marcus Stoinis got through his allocation for a miserly 18 runs.

England were outclassed by Australia for the second time in a week to leave their hopes of reaching the final of the Trans-Tasman Series in the balance.

A number of teams have opted to go with two wrist-spinners, see India's Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, in T20Is but Australia appear to lagging behind in that regard.

D'Arcy Short of Australia.

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.

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.

Buttler top-scored for them as England could eventually muster 137 runs in their allotted 20 overs.

Maxwell is now the fourth highest run-getter for Australia in T20Is. The blitz took Australia past the finishing line with seven wickets and 33 balls to spare.

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

England were off to a poor start, losing their top three batsmen within the first four overs. But in 16 runs both were gone.

Breaking up the developing partnership of Malan and James Vince was also key, though, and Warner deserves all of the acclaim for that. His run out of Malan who made just 10 runs was certainly far more impressive.

Sam Billings - 6/10 - Supporting Buttler as England rebuilt their innings, Billings added a very useful 29 runs in the latter overs.

David Willey got rid of David Warner to jolt Australia early in their run-chase.

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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