England vs Australia 2020: Australia Win 3rd T20I and Regain Top Spot in ICC Rankings

Australia beat England by five wickets at Southampton on Tuesday to regain top spot in the global Twenty20 rankings from their arch-rivals as the tourists ended the series with a consolation win.

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  • Updated: September 9, 2020, 2:10 AM IST
England vs Australia 2020: Australia Win 3rd T20I and Regain Top Spot in ICC Rankings

Australia beat England by five wickets at Southampton on Tuesday to regain top spot in the global Twenty20 rankings from their arch-rivals as the tourists ended the series with a consolation win.

Australia set a modest 146 to win, were cruising to victory at 70-1.

But they suffered a collapse that saw them slump to 100-5, with leg-spinner Adil Rashid taking 3-21 including the key wickets of captain Aaron Finch (39) and star batsman Steve Smith (three).

But Mitchell Marsh (39 not out) and Ashton Agar (16 not out) saw them home with three balls to spare.

England, however, won a three-match series 2-1.

Earlier, Mitchell Starc led a disciplined bowling display as Australia held England to 145-6 in the first innings.

Fast bowler Starc took 1-20 from his maximum four overs, with leg-spinner Adam Zampa returning fine figures of 2-34.

Jonny Bairstow, with 55, was the only England batsman to pass 30.

But England were without captain Eoin Morgan (dislocated finger) and fellow star batsman Jos Buttler, absent for personal reasons after making a match-winning 77 not out in a six-wicket victory on Sunday.

England, sent into bat on a used pitch, saw Tom Banton -- opening in place of Buttler -- caught behind for just two following a loose drive off Josh Hazlewood, one of three changes to Australia's side.

They were 53-2 when the in-form Dawid Malan holed out for 21 off Zampa.

Bairstow, who struggled early on, struck left-arm spinner Ashton Agar and Zampa for two huge sixes.

But Zampa had his second wicket when Sam Billings, recalled in the absence of Buttler and Morgan, miscued a reverse sweep that was well caught by Australia captain Aaron Finch at slip.

Stand-in England captain Moeen Ali cleverly uppercut a Hazlewood short ball for four before Bairstow completed a 41-ball fifty with a superb straight six off Zampa.

However, Bairstow was out soon afterwards when he miscued a pull off Agar, with the bowler making good ground to take the catch.

Moeen made an attractive 23 before he hoisted Starc to deep midwicket where Steve Smith, fearful of touching the boundary rope and conceding a six, threw the ball up into the infield to complete a well-judged catch.

But with the recalled Joe Denly (29 not out) cutting a couple of boundaries, England took 16 runs off Kane Richardson in the 18th over.



Team Rankings

RankTeamPointsRating
1 Australia 3028 116
2 New Zealand 2406 115
3 India 3085 114
4 England 3882 105
5 Sri Lanka 2454 91
FULL Ranking
RankTeamPointsRating
1 England 5405 123
2 India 5819 119
3 New Zealand 3716 116
4 Australia 3941 109
5 South Africa 3345 108
FULL Ranking
RankTeamPointsRating
1 Australia 6047 275
2 England 5959 271
3 India 9319 266
4 Pakistan 6009 261
5 South Africa 4380 258
FULL Ranking

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