England vs Australia: Jos Buttler inspires win as Eoin Morgan's men win T20 series


England have defeated Australia for a second time in the space of two days thanks to yet another Jos Buttler batting masterclass.

The win this afternoon means that Eoin Morgan’s men have won the series with one game still to play; which will take place on Tuesday. If they were to win that game and complete the whitewash, they would go back to the top of the T20 rankings.

After a gripping series against Pakistan, confidence was already high in the England camp, but spirits were lifted further after Friday’s remarkable comeback, defeating Aaron Finch’s men by two runs despite being seemingly way behind for the majority of the game.

It was clear to see the England players were full of confidence, and that carried over today as they quickly dismissed Australia opener David Warner thanks to some beautiful Jofra Archer pace bowling.

Warner was then soon followed by Alex Carey, who was caught behind off Mark Wood.

An uncharacteristic Steve Smith error led to his run out, meaning Australia were already three down for just 30 runs.

There was a minor fight back from the visitors, however, with captain Finch hitting a respectable 40 before he was bowled by Chris Jordan. 


Marcus Stoinis (35), Glenn Maxwell (26) and Ashton Agar (23) also provided some runs for Australia, leaving them defending an achievable score of 157.

In came England to bat, and it was clear who the key man was going to be; Buttler.

Jonny Bairstow again fell early, however, after hitting his own wickets, but Dawid Malan came in and continued his fine form with a very impressive 42. His wicket came with the hosts on 106 runs.

Tom Banton contributed just two, while captain Morgan could only register seven. However, it was opener Buttler who was doing the damage.


A lovely 50 was soon registered, and with the help from Moeen Ali, he got England over the line, eventually finishing on 77 from 54 balls. His superb innings included eight fours and two sixes, one of them coming from the last delivery to secure the win.

Ali contributed a vital 13, hitting two Adam Zampa deliveries for 10 runs, giving England some much-needed breathing space.

After Friday’s comeback victory, and today’s rather comfortable run chase, England will feel confident that they can secure the whitewash on Tuesday, reclaiming number one spot in the T20 world rankings in the process.

With Buttler in this kind of form, you’d be a fool to bet against them.

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