England hammered at MCG

10 February 2018 08:08:20 EST

England were well beaten by Australia in their latest Twenty20 tri-series game, losing by seven wickets at the MCG.

The home side, who secured a place in the final with the win, restricted England to 137-7 off their 20 overs and they reached the target off just 14.3 overs for the loss of three wickets.

We never felt we had enough runs and the power of Australia proved too much.

Jos Buttler

England were without captain Eoin Morgan for the game at the MCG, out with a groin injury and James Vince came into the side, Jos Buttler taking over as skipper.

Australia won the toss and put England into bat and were soon rewarded with both openers, Jason Roy and Alex Hales, going cheaply.

Buttler top-scored with 46 and there were other contributions from Vince and Sam Billings but 137 never looked likely to be a challenging total.

Kane Richardson took three wickets for the home side with Billy Stanlake getting two.

In reply skipper David Warner failed, dismissed by David Willey in the first over, but D'Arcy Short, Chris Lynn and Glenn Maxwell all scored heavily with Aaron Finch also contributing and they comfortably reached their target with 33 balls to spare.

There were no excuses from Butter after the match as he admitted that his side were well-beaten.

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

"We never felt we had enough runs and the power of Australia proved too much. We haven't performed to our abilities yet but now we look forward to New Zealand."

Australia therefore have booked their place in the tri-series final and England are left to battle it out with New Zealand to decide who will join them.

England play the Black Caps in Wellington on Tuesday and then in Hamilton next weekend.

Meanwhile, England are 5/1 to win the next World Twenty20 tournament, held in Australia in 2020. The hosts are 11/4 with holders the West Indies priced at 9/1.

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