Australia beat England by 7 wickets in T20 tri-series match

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The unbeaten Australians are all but assured of a spot in the February 21 final in Auckland after downing England by five wickets in Hobart and beating New Zealand in the series opener ahead of Saturday's match.

In front of 42,000 at the MCG, they were muted from the off and their slender total of 137 never looked like troubling Australia's batsmen. Hopefully we can meet Australia and put on a better show. New Zealand arrived in dribs and drabs on Sunday after numerous flight cancellations due to fog, which saw their scheduled practice session cancelled.

Together, they cut off England's head in the opening overs, suffocated them in the middle, and prevented a blowout late when Jos Buttler, Sam Billings and David Willey were swinging for the fences. "We still have a chance to make that final", Buttler said. With the regular opener Aaron Finch coming back into the side at No 5, they had too much power for an England line-up not used to flagging behind. "We haven't showcased our ability as we know we can and there are guys in that dressing room determined to come back strong". "I don't think we quite know the extent of it, so we'll wait and find out", added the stand-in skipper.

Tim Southee captained New Zealand to victory over Pakistan at their last visit to Westpac Stadium last month.

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The grounds in New Zealand are smaller though the surfaces can sometimes be tricky to score on so England will need to adjust quickly. He arrived when England had lost three wickets inside the first four overs, and nudged just above a run a ball early in his stay, but struggled to up the tempo against Ashton Agar, Marcus Stoinis and the slower-ball variations of AJ Tye. England were reeling at 34 for three in the fourth over when Warner ran out Dawid Malan (10) with a brilliant direct hit. "We never really felt like we had enough (runs)".

Wellington's Westpac Stadium will host a rare Tuesday night worldwide between the Black Caps and England. "I struggled, I was trying hard and it didn't manage to work".

The home team then knocked up the runs off just 14.3 overs. "I'll have to improve and look at where I went wrong".

It fell to D'Arcy Short (35) Chris Lynn (31) and Glenn Maxwell (39) to make some more respectable run totals and spur the Aussies on the road to victory.

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