Australia outplay England to cruise into T20 tri-series final

Malan expects the'never say die approach to serve England's Twenty20 side well

Australia captain David Warner won the toss and elected to bowl in a tri-series Twenty20 match Saturday against England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Australia will chase 138 for a spot in the Twenty20 tri-series final after restricting an understrength England at the MCG.

England were reeling at 34-3 in the fourth over when David Warner ran out Dawid Malan with a brilliant direct hit.

Now England will need to win both their matches against New Zealand - in Wellington on Tuesday and Hamilton on Sunday - to be sure of a place in the final by the time Ben Stokes makes his expected return to the squad next week.

Morgan was a late omission after straining his right groin during training on Friday.

"It was another poor performance for us", stand-in captain Jos Buttler said.

From there Australia's innings accelerated, as D'Arcy Short compiled a fine 36 not out, with Chris Lynn piling on 31 and Maxwell's fluent knock featuring two maximums, as he became the fourth Australian to pass 1,000 T20 global runs.

This was an old-fashioned English limited-overs batting display before they adopted the spirit of adventure and positivity that has served them so well, particularly in the 50-over game.

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 unsafe David Warner (2) early in Australia's response.

Warner is the only member of the Test side to have played for Australia in every format this summer and has struggled for form in the ODIs and T20s.

But, to be fair, a crowd of more than 42,000 turned up, the majority of them youngsters, which was testament both to this impressive sporting city and the pulling power of the shortest form of the game.

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Short and Maxwell took charge against England spinners Adil Rashid and Liam Dawson before Aaron Finch confirmed the victory with back-to-back sixes off Willey. Finch provided the last rites.

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