Eoin Morgan likely to miss remainder of T20I Trans-Tasman Series


England were waiting to find out the seriousness of the injury to captain Eoin Morgan which ruled him out of the T20 in Melbourne, but stand-in skipper Jos Buttler hoped a change of scenery would help them revive their tri-series campaign when they cross the Tasman, and give them the chance of seeking revenge on Australia in the final.

Buttler, nevertheless, is confident of making it to the final, "We still have a chance to make that final". Buttler played a key role in England posting 137 for 7 in the allotted 20 overs where the stand-in captain scored 46 off 49.

Short and new man-in - and centurion last time out - Maxwell continued the onslaught as Australia looked to make light work of England's paltry total.

"Losing three early poles, I felt the best way was to then to take some balls and kick on at the end, but that never really happened", Buttler said.

That is despite Australia fielding a side shorn, Warner aside, of all its Test stars ahead of the forthcoming series in South Africa.

Aaron Finch ended the match with a six that saw Australia race past England's dismal total of 137 with 33 balls remaining.

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"We haven't showcased our ability as we know we can yet and there's guys in that dressing room who'll be determined to come back strong".

Australia defeated England by 5 wickets to record their second win in the T20I triangular series at Bellerive Oval in Hobart on Wednesday.

'It's always nice to win but I wouldn't read too much into us having the wood over them.

In the left-hander's absence England's batting was unimpressive on a tricky MCG surface against Australia's varied and accurate attack which skittled New Zealand for 117-9 in Sydney.

England, minus injured skipper Eoin Morgan, were reeling at 34 for three in the fourth over when David Warner ran out Dawid Malan with a brilliant direct hit. We didn't soak up the early pressure and lost wickets.

After David Warner fell early, D'Arcy Short, Chris Lynn and Maxwell blasted the ball to all corners of the park to complete the easiest of victories at the MCG. "I'll have to improve and look at where I went wrong".