Glenn Maxwell hit three fours and two sixes as he top scored for Australia with 39
Twenty20 tri-series, Melbourne:
England 137-7 (20 overs): Buttler 46, Richardson 3-33
Australia 138-3 (14.3 overs): Maxwell 39, Jordan 2-26
Australia won by seven wickets

Australia’s brutal hitting helped them to an emphatic seven-wicket victory over England to secure their place in the Twenty20 tri-series final.

D’Arcy Short (36 not out), Glenn Maxwell (39), Chris Lynn (31) and Aaron Finch (20) peppered the boundary to seal a comfortable win at the MCG.

England earlier posted a modest 137-7 from their 20 overs with stand-in captain Jos Buttler (46) top scoring.

Kane Richardson took 3-33 and Billy Stanlake claimed 2-28 for the hosts.

Australia won with 33 balls to spare and have booked their spot in the final in Auckland on 21 February thanks to the three tri-series victories.

England now face back-to-back matches with New Zealand in Wellington [13 February] and Hamilton [18 February] as they attempt to join Australia in the final.

More to follow.

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