Australia v England: Glenn Maxwell hits 39 in emphatic victory
Feb 11 2018
The manner of their seven-wicket defeat at the MCG was painfully familiar for anyone who saw their slump in Hobart - a fragile first-innings total reeled in easily by a vibrant Australian XI crammed with talent from the Big Bash. Australia chased down the target in 14.3 overs, and have qualified for the final of the tri-series.
Eoin Morgan's side were unable to build a substantial partnership as Glenn Maxwell (103 not out) powered the hosts to a five-wicket victory in Hobart on Wednesday night.
Aaron Finch came lower down the order and remained unbeaten with a whirlwind 20 runs off just five balls as Australia romped home in style.
While Warner has struggled with the bat since scoring 441 at 63 during Australia's 4-0 Ashes triumph, his performance in the field has been typically second to none.
Having won the toss and elected to bowl, Australia - who beat New Zealand in their opening contest - quickly put the ball to good use and had England reeling on 34-3. Short's impressive summer continued with a measured 36 not out, allowing Maxwell to bring the decadence.
Lynn smashed 19 runs from his first eight deliveries to showcase his vaunted power batting.
Australian paceman Kane Richardson doesn't expect to see "super competitive" stand-in Twenty20 skipper David Warner take a break despite his white-ball form slump.
However, there would be no let up as Short and Maxwell made easy work of a flagging England notably weakened without a slew of stars. If we look at the Top 5 run scorers for Australia since 2016 world Cup, Maxwell heads the list.
Australia bowler Kane Richardson, who claimed figures of 3-33, heaped praise on the team's bowling effort on a two-paced pitch. Jason Roy gave wicketkeeper Alex Carey catching practice before Dawid Malan was magnificently run out by a parallel-to-the-ground David Warner.
'It'll be nice to have a change for the England side, ' Buttler added.
They limped along to 67 for four at the halfway stage of the innings, Morgan's replacement James Vince chipping in with 24 before losing his off stump to a slower ball from Andrew Tye. First it was Billy Stanlake, who surprisingly rocked New Zealand and proved to be expensive against England. Malan scored 10 runs and Vince scored 21 runs respectively.