Australia outplay England to cruise into T20 tri-series…

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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.

Maxwell will again be in the thick of the action when Australia and England face off at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday (7.20pm AEDT start time). Though it was a complete team effort from Australia and are looking seriously good outfit to win the tournament. While the ODI series victory spared Ashes blushes, the tourists have just been caught a bit cold against a fired-up Baggy Green.

The visitors were restricted by a disciplined pace bowling performance from Kane Richardson, who finished with 3-33, while Billy Stanlake claimed 2-28.

Short hit out in the 10th over against recalled spinner Liam Dawson, including one blistering six down the ground.

The only real difference was of scale, England's 137 for seven falling 18 runs short of their previous losing tally and the haste with which it was knocked off, with 33 balls unused here. Can they do it in Melbourne, or will Australia make it three in a row?

But Stanlake brought the partnership to an end when David Warner latched on to a miscued shot by Billings at mid-off. It'll be a nice change of scene, I think, for the England side.

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James Vince's run-a-ball 21 and an eye-catching 29 from Sam Billings was about as good as it got for them, despite accounting for the risky David Warner (2) early in Australia's response.

He is expected to travel with the T20 side to New Zealand before heading straight to South Africa for the first of four Tests. In his 4 matches thus far, he has scored just 11 runs at an average of 3.66.

Though he has led the team expertly and energetically in the field, Warner has found himself mired in a rut with the bat, and Willey's early away swing proved too much for his minimal footwork, resulting in a thin edge behind in the very first over of the chase.

After his struggles in Hobart, Sam Billings started sluggishly before rediscovering some form through several lusty blows.

Australia invited England to bat first, thinking the wicket would get better for batting as the match progress.

England must now win both their games against New Zealand to be guaranteed a place in the final.

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