England vs Australia – 3rd T20I: Australia is 2-nil down in the series and they needed to win the third and final T20I match to retain their number one spot in the rankings, in case of a clean sweep, England would be crowned the new number one T20I team.
There were quite changes in both teams. England bringing Sam Billings and Joe Denly in place of Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan; the former had left the bio-bubble on Sunday to be with his family and the latter resting while hurting his finger while fielding in the 2nd match. Australia, playing for the top position, brought Matthew Wade, Mitchell Marsh, and Josh Hazlewood in place of David Warner, Alex Carry, and Pat Cummins.
Moeen Ali was the stand-in captain in place for Eoin Morgan to become the 10th T20I captain for England.
Australia beat England courtesy to Mitchell Marsh, who was playing his first match of the tour. Winning comprehensively by five wickets and thus retaining the top position in the process.
Not the best of the totals that England would want to set the target, but a total of 146 was chased down in the final over with three balls to spare.
Changing the opening combination with Matthew Wade opening with Aaron Finch. A quick start to the total with a six and a boundary to Wade. He was dismissed by Mark Wook and was caught at mid-on region.
A twist in the tale in the middle overs when Australia were slumped to 70-2 to 100-5 leaving 46 runs to win in the final seven overs. Adil Rashid was the main culprit picking up three wickets including Aaron Finch and Steve Smith.
However, combination of Marsh and Ashton Agar saw the visitors home comfortably in the end with a partnership of 46 runs and Australia won the match with no more wickets lost.
England were quite sloppy in the field missing out many catching opportunities and giving Australia plenty of free runs with misfielding many times, that eventually cost them the match.
Again, Rashid was the star bowler for England, along with Tom Curran and Mark Wood picking up one wicket each.
Earlier in the day, Australia opting to field first, made good start dismissing promising Tom Banton in the second over by Josh Hazlewood. Jonny Bairstow produced his best-knock of the series making 55 runs before a late surge from Moeen Ali and Joe Denly to take the total to 145.
Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood led attack finished on a high note to pick one wicket each to go with Adam Zampa, who picked up two wickets of Malan and Billings.
England won the three-match series 2-1. In the rankings, Australia will remain at number one followed by England. Mitchell Marsh was the player of the match while Jos Buttler was declared the player of the series.
England and Australia will play a three-match ODI series starting on Friday, September 11 at the Old Trafford, Manchester.