Match Over - Australia won by 7 wickets + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: Australia, who chose to bat
  • Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • Referee: J Srinath
  • When: 10 Feb 2018, 10:20 SAST
  • Winner: Australia
  • Man of the Match: KW Richardson


  • Umpire1: CM Brown
  • Umpire2: SJ Nogajski
  • Third Umpire: SD Fry



Overs: 14.3 / 20.0




Overs: 20.0 / 20.0


Australia win by seven wickets and are in the tri-series final. That's a thrashing for England. So it's a race between them and New Zealand to join the Aussies at Eden Park. Australis superb from start to finish today, never let England get away in the field and closed out the chase in style. They put the pitch in perspective, not half as tricky as England made it look. There's some pondered for Eoin Morgan (injured today) and Trevor Bayliss to do about the T20 side. The tournament now moves across the Tasman, with New Zealand facing England in Wellington on Tuesday. Kane Richardson has been named Man of the Match.

Jos Buttler "Another poor performance, we didn't quite soak up the pressure. It never felt like we had enough, the power of Australia proved too much. We haven't performed to our abilities yet which is disappointing but we'll look forward to New Zealand."

Kane Richardson "When you've got Ashton and Marcus bowling well it takes the pressure off. Everyone seems to know their roles."

David Warner "The players have been in tremendous form and there are playing fearlessly. The wicket had a little bit in it, the way we executed was outstanding and the way the batsmen finished it off. Credit to the bowlers, they set their own fields. I love going over to New Zealand and we are looking forward to the challenge.

And that wraps things up for today. We'll be back when the series resumes in Wellington on Tuesday but for now you can head over and join the action from Johannesburg. For now, from Alan and Gnasher it's goodbye and see you next week.

14.3DJ Willey to AJ Finch, BOUNDARY, 6 runs, back to back sixes to win it! Width outside off, carved high over third man...Finch finishes it on his home ground.
14.2DJ Willey to AJ Finch, BOUNDARY, 6 runs, that's a monster down the ground...gets right underneath a full delivery and swings it into the first tier. That would do well on the golf course.
14.1DJ Willey to DJM Short, 1 run, over the wicket, worked off the pads to short fine leg.
End of over 14. 9 runs this over. 125/3 after 84 balls.
AJ Finch 8 (3b 2x4 0x6 ) CJ Jordan 3-0-26-2
DJM Short 35 (32b 3x4 1x6 ) more

First time Maxwell is out in this series...and here's Finch at No. 5. Stephen Kissoon: "England were 50 runs shorts in both games so far."

End of over 13. 4 runs this over. 115/2 after 77 balls.
GJ Maxwell 38 (24b 3x4 2x6 ) AU Rashid 4-0-33-0
DJM Short 34 (30b 3x4 1x6 ) more

Sam: "@Dan: Reminds me of StickSports World Cup web game"

End of over 12. 6 runs this over. 110/2 after 71 balls.
GJ Maxwell 37 (23b 3x4 2x6 ) TK Curran 2-0-22-0
DJM Short 31 (25b 3x4 1x6 ) more

Artemis: "First three overs of spin yielded just 13 runs and the next two yielded 39. Not entirely sure if it was an actual strategy but very smart from Australia. Got used to the bowling first before launching to prevent a slight collapse or stumble after the Lynn wicket."

Dan: "I'd love to see a screenshot of the text conversation between Maxwell and Steve Smith."

End of over 11. 20 runs this over. 104/2 after 66 balls.
GJ Maxwell 33 (19b 3x4 2x6 ) AU Rashid 3-0-29-0
DJM Short 30 (24b 3x4 1x6 ) more

39 runs off the last two overs. This game is done, folks

Australia at a Maxwell goes to 1000 T20I runs

End of over 10. 19 runs this over. 84/2 after 60 balls.
GJ Maxwell 14 (14b 0x4 1x6 ) LA Dawson 2-0-23-0
DJM Short 29 (23b 3x4 1x6 ) more

AndyM asks: "Could England stifle Australia out of the game?" Then one minute later answers his own question: "AndyM: "Ah, obviously not!"

Mustafa Moudi: "9 overs gone and yet Finch isnt on crease.... No doubt he is a great player but if Oz didnt have any right position for him to bat, whats the point in meddling with the Playing XI from the last match ??" May not be room for them all in the end

End of over 9. 5 runs this over. 65/2 after 54 balls.
GJ Maxwell 8 (12b 0x4 0x6 ) AU Rashid 2-0-9-0
DJM Short 16 (19b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 8. 4 runs this over. 60/2 after 48 balls.
DJM Short 15 (17b 2x4 0x6 ) LA Dawson 1-0-4-0
GJ Maxwell 4 (8b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 7. 4 runs this over. 56/2 after 42 balls.
DJM Short 13 (15b 2x4 0x6 ) AU Rashid 1-0-4-0
GJ Maxwell 2 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 6. 5 runs this over. 52/2 after 36 balls.
GJ Maxwell 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) CJ Jordan 2-0-17-1
DJM Short 11 (12b 2x4 0x6 ) more

shashank: "Lynn is the perfect hitting T20 batsman. Scores a quick 30.. what you always need"

Lynn's innings means all Australia need to do is work the ball around (if they want to). Slip in for Maxwell

End of over 5. 7 runs this over. 47/1 after 30 balls.
DJM Short 10 (10b 2x4 0x6 ) DJ Willey 3-0-17-1
CA Lynn 27 (16b 3x4 2x6 ) more

Jordan Lanigan: "Love watching Darcy Short bat! A lot of pure cricket shots stays nice and still and times the ball beautifully! Is he a chance to play in the longer forms for Australia?" He certainly aiming for it. Will be interesting to see how he finishes the Shield season after this series

End of over 4. 8 runs this over. 36/1 after 23 balls.
CA Lynn 21 (11b 3x4 1x6 ) CJ Jordan 1-0-8-0
DJM Short 6 (8b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Chris: "I'd 100 percent have Starc and Smith in any limited overs team. Starc is lethal with the ball! Smith gives you that anchor in the middle order at four. I still think there's room for a world class strike rotater to go with the blasters they have."

End of over 3. 6 runs this over. 28/1 after 17 balls.
DJM Short 1 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) DJ Willey 2-0-11-1
CA Lynn 19 (8b 3x4 1x6 ) more

Lach: "Warner needs a break badly; maybe Finch should captain the t20I side when we go to NZ, let Warner prep for SA"

Michael: "Does Warner need a holiday?"

End of over 2. 16 runs this over. 22/1 after 12 balls.
CA Lynn 19 (7b 3x4 1x6 ) TK Curran 1-0-16-0
DJM Short 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Seems a decent moment to mention this feature on Chris Lynn by Tim Wigmore

End of over 1. 6 runs this over. 6/1 after 6 balls.
CA Lynn 4 (2b 1x4 0x6 ) DJ Willey 1-0-6-1
DJM Short 0 (0b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Marty: "Is this a must win for England??" No...but would basically become a shootout with New Zealand for a spot in the final

DA WarnerC JC Buttler B DJ Willey2340050
DJM Shortnot out 36673331109.09
CA LynnC JC Buttler B CJ Jordan31261942163.16
GJ MaxwellC JC Buttler B CJ Jordan39332632150
AJ Finchnot out 208522400
MP Stoinis -
AT Carey -
AC Agar -
AJ Tye -
KW Richardson -
B Stanlake -
Total 138/3
DJ Willey3.303018.57
TK Curran2.0023011.5
CJ Jordan3.002628.67
AU Rashid4.003408.5
LA Dawson2.0023011.5