Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
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Australia won by 7 wickets at Melbourne

Australia won by 7 wickets at Melbourne

Jordan (2-26) returned to dismiss Maxwell (39) but it was little consolation for England, whose defeat was confirmed when Aaron Finch (20no) bludgeoned back-to-back sixes off Willey.

James Vince was skittled by a slower ball from Andrew Tye (1/29) before skipper Jos Buttler (46, 49b, 3×4) and Sam Billings (29, 23b, 4×4, 1×6) steadied the ship.

The win ensured Australia will play in the tri-series final in Auckland on February 21 with preliminary matches now switching to New Zealand.

The Australian bowlers have been at the forefront of the performances in this series led by Kane Richardson and Billy Stanlake they have been able to blunt the hitting power of England and New Zealand.

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

England find themselves in serious trouble in the T20 tri-series with Australia and New Zealand after losing by seven wickets to their Ashes counterparts. That he ended with England's top score owed more to duty than his usual pyrotechnics.

Maxwell has scored 371 runs in 6 matches at an average of 185.50 post 2016 World Cup. However, the in-form D'Arcy Short and the devastating Chris Lynn choked England with their aggressive approach. Now, in the 3rd T20I, Australia won by 7 wickets at Melbourne against England.

He was given out caught behind the next over but correctly reviewed the decision, with replays showing the delivery from Marcus Stoinis missed bat and gloves.

England struggled to get into their stride as openers Alex Hales and Jason Roy both fell cheaply, as the visitors stuttered to 16-2 within the first three overs.

After Maxwell departed in the 14th over, Finch enjoyed an entertaining five-ball cameo that yielded a pair of sixes and two fours to complete the victory.

Liam Dawson - 2/10 - Dawson only bowled two overs before being taken off after Australian batsmen attacked the spinner.

That is despite Australia fielding a side shorn, Warner aside, of all its Test stars ahead of the forthcoming series in South Africa.

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