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England were comfortably beaten at the MCG as Australia booked their place in the Tri Series final. The Cricketer runs the rule over the individual performances of both sets of players...
England were comfortably beaten at the MCG as Australia booked their place in the Tri Series final.
The hosts romped to a seven-wicket victory with 33 balls to spare.
The Cricketer runs the rule over the individual performances of both sets of players...
David Warner (2): Once again, brilliant in the field and intelligent in his use of his bowling options. But with the bat, another failure. 6.5
D'Arcy Short (36*): Played the pivot role with aplomb, showing terrific maturity given his lack of international experience. 8.5
Chris Lynn (31): A bruising, entertaining display of clean hitting to give the chase early momentum. 7.5
Glenn Maxwell (39): Quickly took the game away from England following the dismissal of Lynn. Another excellent innings. 8.5
Aaron Finch (20*): Dropped down to No 5, the local hero only needed five balls to make 20. Five balls. Brutal. 8
Marcus Stoinis (DNB & 0-18): Australia’s Mr Versatile popped up with four incredibly disciplined overs with the ball. 7.5
Alex Carey (DNB): Safe hands behind the stumps. 6
Ashton Agar (DNB & 0-27): Kept England at bay during the middle overs with characteristic calm. 7
Andrew Tye (DNB & 1-29): Another brilliant display of white-ball bowling from the man who has mastered the knuckleball. The big dipper to get rid of Vince was exceptional. 8
Kane Richardson (DNB & 3-33): Plenty of zip, despite being relatively expensive all things considered. 7
Billy Stanlake (DNB & 2-28): Brilliant in the first match of this series, poor in the second… this performance occupied the middle ground. 7.5
Jason Roy (3): A tame dismissal, casually edging Kane Richardson through to Alex Carey, only went to cast further light on his poor recent form. 3
Alex Hales (3): Not the way he’d have wanted to celebrate 50 international T20 appearances. The shot looked on, but Hales couldn’t beat the backtracking Finch at long-on. 3.5
Dawid Malan (10): You could call it misjudgement but Malan was run out by a sensational piece of work by Warner. A brilliant tour of Australia brought to an end in unfortunate fashion. 4.5
James Vince (21): Never looked comfortable at the crease and enjoyed positively feline good fortune prior to being bamboozled by Tye. 5
Jos Buttler (46): An anchor role from the stand-in captain, but going at less than a run a ball. 6
Sam Billings (29): Inauspicious to start with, then increasingly impressive until he holed out. One shot off Tye - a reverse sweep-come-pull - was astonishing. Superb in the deep. 7
David Willey (10 & 1-33): An excellent first three overs, then he came into contact with Aaron Finch. Saw Warner on his way early on. 6
Chris Jordan (1* & 2-26): Bounced out two of Australia’s big hitters with a reasonable spell. 5.5
Liam Dawson (DNB & 0-23): Taken to pieces in his second over on a difficult ground to defend using spin. 4
Adil Rashid (DNB & 0-34): Another spinner who is not entirely suited to the MCG, particularly against players who strike hard and long down the ground. 5
Tom Curran (DNB & 0-23): Found going tough as he was taken to task by Lynn. 3.5