Australia prevented a collection whitewash as they survived a mid-innings wobble to beat England by 5 wickets within the third T20 worldwide and regain their top-ranking within the sport’s shortest format on Tuesday.
Having restricted England to 145 for six at Southampton they seemed to be cruising as they reached 70-1 off seven overs earlier than three wickets for impressed spinner Adil Rashid slammed the brakes on their progress.
However England’s fielding was ragged they usually spilled a number of catches earlier than Mitchell Marsh plundered 13 off paceman Mark Wooden’s closing over to ease Australian nerves and put them firmly again within the driving seat.
Ultimately it was moderately snug for Australia with Marsh hanging the successful single off Chris Jordan with three balls left to complete unbeaten on 39.
Jonny Bairstow had earlier top-scored for England with 55.
England received the collection 2-1.