England lose again as top order misfires

England’s top order failed to produce enough runs to allow them to set a competitive target for Australia and they would lose by seven wickets in a tri-series T20I at the MCG.

The victory was Australia’s third in a row in the Trans-Tasman triangular Twenty20 International series, and it means they ahve secured their place in the final, to be played in Auckland on 21 February.

Jason Roy (8) was caught behind off Richardson, while Alex Hales managed just three before holing out off Billy Stanlake.

England were reduced to 34 for 3 when Dawid Malan (10) was run out after a mix up with James Vince.

Jos Buttler, standing in as captain after Eoin Morgan was ruled out with a groin strain, joined Vince at the crease and the pair added 36 runs for the fourth wicket.

Vince (21) was bowled by Andrew Tye in the 11th over to leave England 70/4.

Sam Billings looked the most assured of the England batsmen on a slow pitch, he scored a 26-ball 29 comprising four fours and a six in a 43-run stand with Buttler for the 5th wicket.

Billings, Willey (10) and Buttler (46) holed out at the death in pursuit of quick runs while Chris Jordan (1*) faced just four balls.

England set Australia a victory target of 138 with their effort of 137/7.

David Warner’s poor form continued as he was caught behind off Willey for 2, but an attacking 19-ball 31 by Lynn meant that England were unable to capitalise on that early wicket.

Lynn found the fence four times and went over it twice before lobbing a catch to the keeper off Jordan.

Then in came Glenn Maxwell (39) who was keen to get going as soon as possible. He collected 19 runs off one Adil Rashid over, the 11th of the innings.

He looked set to finish the game off but miscued one to the keeper off Jordan again. However, Finch (20*) walked in and wasted no time, sealing victory with consecutive sixes.