Hosts maintain Melbourne stronghold and other key stats as Australia thrash England in Trans-Tasman tri-series

Ashish Peter 10/02/2018
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The Aussies recorded their third straight win in the tri-series.

Australia made it three wins out of three in the Trans-Tasman T20I tri-series when they beat England by seven wickets at Melbourne on Saturday.

The hosts restricted England to an under-par 137-7 in their 20 overs after electing to field first before chasing down the target in the 15th over to inflict a second consecutive defeat on the visitors.

Here, we look at some key stats from Saturday’s clash.

THREE IN THREE AT THE MCG FOR THE AUSSIES

The win ensured Australia’s perfect record against England in T20s at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). The hosts have now won all three T20 matches at the venue against their old foes. They had recorded a narrow four-run victory in 2011 over Paul Collingwood’s men after being setting a target of 148. In 2014, a George Bailey-led side had registered a thumping eight-wicket win over England in a similar chase of 131.

The hosts have now made it three in three against England at the MCG.

The hosts have now made it three in three against England at the MCG.

JOS BUTTLER’S STRUGGLE

On a difficult track to score on, England’s stand-in skipper Jos Buttler was the lone ranger with the bat with a 49-ball 46. England’s struggles were exemplified through Buttler’s innings with his strike-rate of around 93 being only the second time he has gone at less than run-a-ball in T20 cricket after facing more than 25 deliveries. The first instance also came against the Aussies at the MCG in 2014 where Buttler scored a 27-ball 22.

Buttler had to play an uncharacteristic knock.

Buttler had to play an uncharacteristic knock.

GLENN MAXWELL OVERTAKES CAMERON WHITE

When Glenn Maxwell drove Liam Dawson for a single in the eighth over of the chase, he overtook Cameron White to become the fourth highest run-getter for Australia in T20 internationals. That single took his tally to 985 runs, which is only behind David Warner (1708), Shane Watson (1462) and Aaron Finch (1152).

Maxwell is now the fourth highest run-getter for Australia in T20Is.

Maxwell is now the fourth highest run-getter for Australia in T20Is.

ENGLAND’S AUSTRALIA HOODOO

With Saturday’s defeat, England have now lost five of their last six T20I encounters against the Australians. Their sole victory during this run came in August 2015 when they beat the Aussies by five runs at Cardiff.

Out of the 16 T20I played between the two sides now, Australia have won nine with England winning only five times while two matches fetched no results.

Australia's record over England keeps getting better.

Australia’s record over England keeps getting better.

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Sri Lanka veteran spinner Rangana Herath accomplished another milestone on Saturday as the visitors beat Bangladesh by 215 runs in the second Test at Mirpur to capture the two-match series 1-0.

Herath picked up the final wicket to fall as Taijul Islam’s attempted slog-sweep went straight into the hands of Danushka Gunathilaka at the boundary. The wicket completed a four-wicket haul for the 39-year-old spinner and was his 415th Test dismissal.

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