Story of the match as Jos Buttler leads England to another win over Australia
Buttler set another record and finished with 61.
Record-breaking Jos Buttler was the star of the show again as England inflicted yet another defeat on Australia in the one-off Vitality IT20.
Buttler, pushed up to open at a sun-drenched and near sold-out Edgbaston, followed the brilliant match-winning century which completed England’s historic 5-0 one-day international whitewash of their Ashes rivals by this time hitting their fastest Twenty20 50.
He bettered Ravi Bopara’s 23-ball half-century, also against Australia in Hobart four years ago, by racing to his in 21 as England piled up 221 for five – their highest total in this format on home soil – before defying a lone-hand from Australia captain Aaron Finch (84) to close out a 28-run win.
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England surely on the up
Eoin Morgan’s men have been curiously less successful in Twenty20 cricket of late than in ODIs. They are International Cricket Council table-toppers in the latter, but fifth to Australia’s second in the sprint format. The only rational reason for their relative woes is that first-choice players have been rested in T20 assignments while they build towards next summer’s World Cup. They are very close to full strength at present, though, with Ben Stokes set to return from injury soon. Significant progress can be expected.
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Buttler is a habitual record-breaker, and to go with his fastest one-day international century for his country, it is no surprise he has also bagged the fastest IT20 50 as well – beating Bopara’s previous national best by two deliveries.
Bowlers are still key
In Twenty20, batsmen are king and bowlers often the stooge paupers. But amid the run-fests, the man who takes the big wicket has a major impact. This time, Liam Plunkett and Chris Jordan helped to make the difference for England with an early scalp each – before Adil Rashid accounted for the most important one of all.
India will soon lie in wait to test England’s credentials in three IT20s, starting at Old Trafford next Tuesday.