2nd T20I: England’s Jos Buttler The Hero
In the 2nd T20I, Jos Buttler was the star once more as he continued his glorious summer by guiding England to a six-wicket victory over Australia. This means that England have now sealed the three match series.
Australia captain Aaron Finch won the toss and opted to bat. This, perhaps with fears of their botched chase in the first match in his mind.
This time they didn’t fare much better. Jofra Archer and Mark Wood picked up early wickets whilst Steve Smith ran himself out after hitting back to back boundaries.
All-rounder Marcus Stoinis offered some stability with a middle-order 35. However, he fell to Adil Rashid caught at slip.
Floundering at 89-5, Glenn Maxwell and Ashton Agar recovered the visitor’s innings somewhat, before Pat Cummins found hit a six and a four from the final over from Archer, an over which cost 18 to boost the Australia total.
2nd T20I – Jos Buttler And Dawid Malan Stable
Set 158 for victory, Jonny Bairstow fell early once more, knocking off his own bails with his bat whilst leaving a ball from Mitchell Starc.
This meant the two in-form batsmen Buttler and Dawid Malan came together, putting together 87 for the second wicket. Finally, Malan falling for 42 off the bowling of Agar.
However, Buttler carried on his merry way whilst Tom Baton and England captain Eoin Morgan came and went quickly.
Eventually joined by Moeen Ali, with 18 needed from the final two overs, Ali hit 10 from two balls before Buttler sealed the victory with a massive six.
Third T20I Preview
The two sides meet for the final IT20 of the series on Tuesday night, once more at the Ageas Bowl, although England have clinched the series with their unassailable 2-0 advantage.
Tom Banton may be promoted to open the batting. Jos Buttler has been allowed to go home temporarily for family reasons. He should be back in time for the ODI series. This could work in Banton’s favour. He has had a poor series so far. However, he did score 71 opening the batting versus Pakistan.
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This series will be followed by the first one-day international at Old Trafford on Friday.
Australia will be playing for their pride in the third T20I. Aaron Finch confirmed that Australia will look at their team combination. They may give others a chance or could stick with the same team. Eoin Morgan, himself, said that England will play their strongest team. This is because the World T20 is not that far away. Both of these commented such during the post-match presentation.
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