England secured their T20I series win over Australia by beating the Baggy Greens by six wickets in second match at the Ageas Bowl. The Three Lions capitalised on a lack of composure by Aaron Finch’s men in the opener to edge out a two-run victory.In the second contest, the home side were on form from the off. Jofra Archer and Mark Wood reduced the Aussies to 3-2 and from that point onwards, the tourists were behind in the game.
Steve Smith failed to contribute for the second match on the bounce. Once Finch was bowled by Chris Jordan, Australia’s hopes of a competitive total were ended. They crawled towards a score of 155-7 from their 20 overs, which was at least 15 runs short of par.
Jos Buttler’s brilliance at the crease allowed England to be measured in their chase. Dawid Malan continued his impressive form in the 20-over format with a score of 42.
Late striking from Moeen Ali took the home side within range before Buttler finished off the game with a six. England will now look to close out the series with a whitewash over their bitter rivals.
Australia have lacked balance in their approach and have not been able to win the key moments, which will concern Finch and Justin Langer ahead of the World T20 next year.
Eoin Morgan’s men on the other hand are a well-oiled machine and have won a series without key players in Joe Root and Ben Stokes. The final match could present others with an opportunity to press their case for selection for the World T20 squad.
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England were flawless in the second match to close out the series. They were on top from the off and controlled the game.
Australia were never able to work their way into contention for the victory. Morgan’s men were operating near the peak of their powers, albeit with minor slips with the bat.
Jonny Bairstow had a game to forget as he hit his own wicket, while Tom Banton does not seem overly comfortable at number four.
Those are not issues in the long term with plenty of options available for the Three Lions ahead of the World T20. Buttler continued his outstanding summer with an unbeaten knock of 77. It was not quite the swashbuckling efforts seen by the 29-year-old in the past.
He played a composed innings to guide his team over the line. Malan cemented his place in the side with another quality knock against a high standard of opposition. The England selectors will have an embarrassment of riches to select from in their batting ranks.
Bowling wise the tandem of Archer and Wood were outstanding putting the Aussies on the back foot. With two potent pace bowlers, two solid operators in Chris Jordan and Tom Curran, along with arguably the best white-ball spinner in the game in Adil Rashid, England’s attack is looking more than healthy.
They’ve stifled a powerful batting unit after struggling for consistency against Pakistan. A similar outing in the third match should see the home side complete the T20 whitewash.
Australia arrived with the status of being the number one ranked T20 side in the world. They’ve done very little to back up their standing in the rankings.
In the first game they lost their composure in a relative simple chase. In the second game they were blown away at the top and failed to provide answers with the ball.
There will be questions marks over the leadership of Finch. He has had good moments in T20s recently, with impressive series wins, but his captaincy in England has been below-par.
His decision to bowl Adam Zampa in the penultimate over allowed Ali and Buttler to tee off to see England over the line.
Mitchell Starc has been off the boil, while Pat Cummins has not looked overly threatening. Ashton Agar has been the best of the spinners, but has still struggled for control at times.
The batting ranks are thin, and unless Warner and Finch get off to a flier – the rest of the unit has been unable to generate pace in the innings.
More is required of Alex Carey, Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis with the bat. Smith too does not look overly convincing in the shortest form.
Australia need a performance in the final game otherwise a re-think could be in order for their selection plans for the World T20 next year.
Conditions are forecast to be perfect for cricket on Tuesday at the Ageas Bowl. The weather will be sunny throughout the day and into the evening for the day/night contest. The pitch has been a tad slow at times prevent the high scores seen at Old Trafford. Expect another contest where the sides will range in the 160-run mark.
England are on top and will be desperate to close out the series with a whitewash victory. Australia have been short of answers since the midway point of the first contest. Expect the Three Lions to continue to dominate with their third win on the bounce.
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