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England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler hammered a 30-ball 61 to help his side defeat Australia by 28 runs in the one-off Twenty20 International at Edgbaston.
With England winning the match, Australia went winless throughout the entire tour as they also lost the ODI series 5-0.
Australia captain Aaron Finch would have been mulling over his decision to bowl first since England made a fantastic start to their innings behind Buttler and Jason Roy’s 95-run partnership.
The duo not only amassed the runs in under nine overs, but Buttler also cruised past his half-century.
With England dominating, Australia finally got the breakthrough they needed when Buttler was caught by D’Arcy Short at deep midwicket off the bowling of debutant Mitchell Swepson for 61, which came off 30 balls and included six boundaries and five sixes.
Roy ended up making a 26-ball 44, which included six boundaries, before he was dismissed by Billy Stanlake.
England captain Eoin Morgan fell shortly after, but Alex Hales and Joe Root steadied things with a 72-run partnership before Hales was caught and bowled by Marcus Stoinis for 49, which came off 24 balls and included five boundaries and two sixes.
With Root going on to make 35 and Jonny Bairstow smashing a quickfire 14 not out, England finished on 221/5 off their 20 overs.
Swepson was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Stanlake and Stoinis chipped in with one wicket apiece.
Chasing 222 to win, Australia made a horrible start to their innings as Short was caught by Moeen Ali at short fine leg off the bowling of Liam Plunkett for 16.
Glenn Maxwell only scored 10 runs, while Travis Head made 15 before being removed by Moeen.
With Adil Rashid taking out wicketkeeper Alex Carey and Stoinis in the space of three balls, Australia found themselves struggling at 72/5.
Finch, who opened the batting with Short, continued taking the attack to England’s bowlers until he was caught by Chris Jordan off the bowling of Rashid for 84, which came off 41 deliveries and included seven boundaries and six sixes.
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Even though Ashton Agar and Andrew Tye scored 29 and 20 respectively, Australia ended up falling short of their target as they were eventually bowled out for 193.
Rashid and Jordan took three wickets apiece, while Plunkett snapped up two, and Moeen and David Willey claimed one wicket each.
Finch was disappointed with his side’s performance, and said: “We could have been better, England put our youngsters under pressure which is the way they’ve played all summer. Mitchell Swepson on debut showed the value of someone who can give it a rip. It’s been a good learning curve, we’ve had four months since the end of the season back home, you can’t come in 1% off the boil. You have to be 100% ready to go, otherwise it’s a long road.”
Morgan was thrilled to have won, and said: “Sometimes when you get off to a good start, you can take your foot off the pedal, but we kept coming as hard as we could. Crucial wickets from the guys throughout the innings.”
Rashid was named Man of the Match, and said: “It’s been okay so far, the bowlers bowled exceptionally well throughout the summer. Hard work in the nets pays off. Mixing it up is part of my game. Finchy was going well, but Morgs gives all the bowlers confidence. No regrets about giving up red-ball cricket. It’s something I’m happy with.”