Australia v England: Catch controversy can not mask England's batting woes

Australia vs England, T20 tri-series: Build up and team news ahead of opener

Australia dropped leg-spinner Adam Zampa to strengthen their batting, then promptly took five wickets through the spin of Glenn Maxwell (3-10) and Ashton Agar (2-15). Maxwell's hat-trick ball was wide of the leg-stump line - he would have been just the seventh man to have a T20 global hat-trick. Lofting Adil Rashid down the ground, he appeared to be caught low down by Jason Roy, but stood his ground for the third umpire to grant Maxwell a second chance as television replays were, as they so often are, inconclusive.

"We haven't had much success in T20 cricket for a while now, our rating reflects that, so it was so imperative for this young group to take us forward and win some games".

Glenn Maxwell was swinging big at Bellerive Oval.

Maxwell saw Australia to their target with nine balls remaining and helped register back-to-back wins.

Maxwell needed a six to bring up his 100 before he tipped Australia past England's 9-155 and he obliged by launching Chris Jordan onto the hill to the roar of 9958 fans.

It was all down to Chris Jordan and Mark Wood to push England to a semi-competitive total, as they put on 18 for the final wicket, with the Surrey all-rounder blasting the final ball of the innings for a enormous six, as England posted 155-9. The turn extracted from the Hobart pitch also raised the question about whether Liam Dawson's slow left-arm might have been useful.

Chasing 156 to win, the hosts fell to 4 for 2 in the first over as David Willey removed David Warner and Chris Lynn.

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These early incisions gave England a chance, but Short and Maxwell were not unduly concerned by the required run rate and so were able to play with relative comfort in their distinctive styles.

Despite the early setbacks, BBL dynamo D'Arcy Short flamboyantly attacked as he smashed 17 runs off his first 6 deliveries punctuated by a powerful pulled six off danger man Willey. But then Dawid Malan and Alex Hales attacked the bowlers and posted 60 runs in the powerplay overs. Yet their gung-ho approach failed to pay dividends as Roy was dismissed in the second over as Andrew Tye took a comfortable catch at cover off the bowling of Kane Richardson.

Australia's stand-in skipper David Warner won the toss and invited England to bat first. Hales and Morgan scored 22 runs each.

In typical fashion, Maxwell endured a roller-coaster innings marked by a contentious decision, when he was on 59, after Jason Roy claimed a catch at long-off.

As wickets tumbled, Malan (50 off 36 balls) played a lone hand eerily reminiscent of his stoic performances in England's wretched Ashes campaign.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo.

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