Australia ended the T20 series against England on a high after beating them in the third and final game this evening.
Throwing away the first game, and being soundly beaten in the second, Aaron Finch would have been hoping for a much more positive outing this evening, and he got that, although at a stage it did look like they were going to throw it all away once again.
However, with Ashton Agar and Mitchell Marsh at the crease, they got the job done and got over the line, ending the series 2-1 to the hosts.
After Australia won the toss and elected to bowl first, all eyes were on how Tom Banton would do as an opener, alongside Jonny Bairstow.
The answer to that? Not very well, as he was dismissed early on for just two runs. Josh Hazlewood the man to take his wicket, with Matthew Wade showing good hands behind the stumps to take the relatively easy catch.
Man of the summer in terms of T20 cricket Dawid Malan came in at three, but could only register 21 on this occasion before he was dismissed by spin bowler Adam Zampa.
Sam Billings was next to go for a dismal four runs off 11, but it was Bairstow who was keeping the score ticking along. England were 76 for 3 following Billings’ dismissal.
Bairstow eventually knocked up 55 off 65 deliveries before being caught and bowled by Agar.
Moeen Ali and Joe Denly added a respectable 23 and 29 respectively, while Chris Jordan and Tom Curran put on four and two respectively to end the innings.
England set a score of 145, leaving Australia a very achievable target.
After a rapid start from the visitors, it was Wade (14) who lost his wicket first off the bowling of Mark Wood, and he was then followed in the pavilion by Marcus Stoinis (26), leaving Australia on 70 runs after 7.2 overs.
Glenn Maxwell could only add six before he was caught off Adil Rashid’s bowling, and then the big wicket of Aaron Finch fell off the same bowler, ending his innings on 39.
It was that man again Rashid who then got danger man Steve Smith for just three as it looked like Australia were set to throw away the game once more, just like they did in the first outing.
With four overs left to play, the visitors needed just 20 runs, but that score only went down a measly 11 as it left them with nine from two overs.
However, unlike the first game, Finch’s side DID get over the line, with Agar and Marsh seeing out the game and giving Australia the win.
Attentions will now turn to the one-day series, which begins this Friday.