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28-Jun-2018 04:55:00 GMT
Aus v Eng, Only T20I, Birmingham

Buttler and Rashid Stars as England Beat Australia

England 221 for 6 (Buttler 60, Hales 49, Roy 44, Root 35) beat Australia 193 (Finch 84, Rashid 3-27, Jordan 3-42) by 28 runs

Birmingham: England beat Australia by 28 runs in a lone Twenty20 international at Edgbaston on Wednesday.

Australia, set 222 to win, were dismissed for 193, despite captain Aaron Finch (84) doing his best to lead from the front in his side's final match of their limited-overs tour of England.

Indeed the faces they will see when eyes are shut at night remain the same from the 5-0 hammering, with Jos Buttler and Adil Rashid continuing their form here in a relatively straightforward 28-run victory for Eoin Morgan’s side at the stronghold of Edgbaston.

Buttler’s 30-ball 61 -- including England’s fastest half-century in the format from 22 balls – was the rocket-fuelled start to a total of 221 for five, their highest ever at home, and an instant return on the decision to the push the wicketkeeper up to open.

Rashid’s three for 27 in the reply, including Aaron Finch for 81 when the opener was threatening a fightback, then saw the tourists bowled out for 193 with two balls to spare. Chris Jordan, not in the 50-over squad but trying to stake a claim, picked up three wickets as well.

Earlier, England made 221 for five after losing the toss.

Jos Buttler hit the fastest fifty by an England batsman in this format, off 22 balls, on his way to 61.

And sure enough a 98-run opening stand from only 8.5 overs followed, first led by Jason Roy piercing the infield three times in Billy Stanlake’s initial over before Buttler began raining down blows – six fours and five sixes to be precise – to get Australia reeling early.

This latest loss left Australia still seeking their first international win under coach Justin Langer following a 5-0 defeat by England in a preceding one-day international series.

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