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.
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.
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).
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.
During its first meeting of 2018, the International Cricket Council (ICC) raised concerns over the lack of tax exemptions which it said was ‘standard practice’ for any premier sporting event of the magnitude of the Champions Trophy.
This is despite ongoing efforts by both the ICC and the BCCI in trying to secure the exemption. After its meeting in Dubai, the world governing body issued a press release stating that alternate venues will be mulled over as the dialogue between the ICC, BCCI and the Indian government continued.
“The Board expressed their concern around the absence of a tax exemption from the Indian Government for ICC events held in India despite ongoing efforts from both the ICC and BCCI to secure the exemption which is standard practice for major sporting events around the world,” the press release said.
“The Board agreed that ICC management, supported by the BCCI will continue the dialogue with the Indian Government but in the meantime directed ICC management to explore alternative host countries in a similar time zone for the ICC Champions Trophy 2021,” it added.
This means that India could be in danger of losing the hosting rights to other ICC tournaments like the 2023 World Cup too if the issue is not resolved.
The ICC considering alternate venues with similar time-zones means the likes of Sri Lanka and Bangladesh could be in consideration.
The governing body also confirmed that Pepsico Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi has been appointed to the ICC Board as its first independent female director and will be joining in June 2018.
“The new model will see Ireland and Afghanistan each receiving a percentage of the projected surplus, amounting under current projections to approximately $40m each over the course of the current eight year commercial rights cycle,” ICC stated in the press release.
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.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) February 10, 2018
Among currently active cricketers, only James Anderson (523) and Steyn have picked up more Test wickets than the former Sri Lanka skipper.
Just last week, Herath had another feather in his bludgeoning cap when he became only the third Sri Lankan bowler after Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas to complete 500 dismissals across all formats in international cricket. That feat had come in the first Test against Bangladesh which had ended in a draw.
The wily bowler now has 415 wickets from 89 Test appearances for Sri Lanka with an average of 28 and a best of 9-127. He has picked up a five-wicket haul in Tests a staggering 33 times over the course of his career while registering nine 10-wicket hauls.