Australia wins toss, will bowl 1st vs England in MCG T20

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This was all too like the Ashes, Australia proving far too dominant for a meek and mild England team who appear to have temporarily lost the mojo that saw them win the one-day series here so emphatically. Kane Richardson was awarded Player of the Match for his three-wicket haul.

From there Australia's innings accelerated, as D'Arcy Short compiled a fine 36 not out, with Chris Lynn piling on 31 and Maxwell's fluent knock featuring two maximums, as he became the fourth Australian to pass 1,000 T20 global runs.

Australia has beaten New Zealand in Sydney and England in Hobart to open the 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 bowlers executed their game beautifully and the way the batters finished it off was absolutely clinical". But Warner's form is again in the spotlight after his relentless playing schedule.

But questions are bound to be raised about stand-in T20 skipper Warner's relentless schedule after he lasted just four balls, nicking a ripping David Willey outswinger on two.

He is expected to travel with the T20 side to New Zealand before heading straight to South Africa for the first of four tests.

A nightmare start, meanwhile, to the fourth one-day global in Adelaide last month, when they lost five for eight, then cost them their chance of inflicting a 5-0 drubbing on Australia.

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"After a poor performance in Hobart, we were determined to show what we are capable of tonight, but we weren't able to do that".

The only real difference was of scale, England's 137-7 falling 18 runs short of their previous losing tally and the haste with which it was knocked off, with 33 balls unused here.

England were reeling at 34-3 in the fourth over when David Warner ran out Dawid Malan with a brilliant direct hit.

England were lucky that Jos Buttler provided resistance with his 49-ball 46.

Complementing Richardson's three wickets for Australia were Billy Stanlake (2-28) and Andrew Tye (1-29).

Their innings was epitomised by Morgan's replacement in James Vince who struggled for any sort of rhythm and ran terribly in his first competitive England match since the final Test in Sydney, being put out of his misery after an ugly 21.