With a thrilling eight-run win in Perth on Sunday, England took a one-match lead in their three-match Twenty20 series against Australia.

After being set an imposing 209 for victory, Australia looked like pulling off an unlikely win thanks to a fine 73 from David Warner and some big hitting from Marcus Stoinis.

However, some inspired fast bowling from Mark Wood (3-34) and Sam Curran (2-35) in the latter stages saw England home as Australia finished their 20 overs eight runs short.

Earlier, England openers Alex Hales and captain Jos Buttler smashed a new-look Australian attack to all parts of the ground, helping England to a 208-6 victory.

While Australia threatened several times, the English were able to strike at crucial times to maintain their lead.

“Australia played really well; they put a lot of pressure on us,” Buttler said.

“We were favorites for much of that chase, and we needed to take wickets, which we did.”

England wins the first T20 against Australia in Perth.

As Australia rested pace trio Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, and Josh Hazlewood, as well as leg spinner Adam Zampa, Hales blasted 84 runs off 51 balls and Buttler 68 off 32 deliveries.

Their replacements were unable to cope with England’s opening pair’s powerful stroke play, which included 20 fours and seven sixes.

Buttler, who returned to the side after a two-month injury layoff, showed no signs of rust as he and Hales smashed 50 off the first five overs and reached the century in the ninth.

Nathan Ellis was the standout bowler, finishing with 3-20 on a batting-friendly wicket with a lightning-fast outfield.

Australia got off to a bad start in the second over when Cameron Green was caught behind off Reece Topley.

Warner and Mitchell Marsh took up the attack and stayed on target until Marsh was bowled on 36 by an Adil Rashid wrong’un, leaving Australia 86-2 after 8.3 overs.

Captain Aaron Finch was run out for 12, but Warner kept the Australians in the game with a pull shot over mid-wicket off Rashid.

Stoinis, who smashed 35 off 15 balls before holing out to Dawid Malan at deep cover off Wood, joined him.

Three balls later, Wood struck again, with the dangerous Tim David falling for a duck, caught at backward square leg, leaving Australia 158-5.

He then put England firmly in charge by catching Warner at a backward point.

Australia was 173-6 after 17 overs, needing 36 runs off the final three overs, and despite some late hitting from Matthew Wade (21), the target proved too much.

“We got ourselves into a position where we should have won the game,” Finch said.



Batter Matches Runs Average Strike Rate Highest Score
Aaron Finch 16 619 47.61 160.77 156
Glenn Maxwell 15 315 22.50 138.76 103*
Cameron White 8 305 50.83 144.54 75
David Warner 14 295 21.07 118.00 73
Marcus Stoinis 11 165 23.57 138.65 35


Batter Matches Runs Average Strike Rate Highest Score
Jos Buttler 15 542 45.16 150.97 77*
Alex Hales 12 311 25.91 146.69 94
Dawid Malan 9 304 38.00 140.09 82
Eoin Morgan 14 259 21.58 145.50 74
Joe Root 6 187 46.75 140.60 90*



Bowler Matches Wickets Economy Rate Average Best
Mitchell Johnson 7 11 7.40 16.27 3/22
Ashton Agar 7 8 7.20 23.12 2/15
Nathan Coulter-Nile 5 8 7.60 19.00 4/31
Josh Hazlewood 7 8 9.40 29.37 4/30
Glenn Maxwell 15 8 7.81 21.50 3/10


Bowler Matches Wickets Economy Rate Average Best
Adil Rashid 11 12 7.78 24.66 3/21
Chris Jordan 9 11 8.34 23.90 3/17
Stuart Broad 8 8 8.31 30.12 3/30
David Willey 6 8 8.50 19.50 3/28
Jade Dernbach 5 7 10.42 28.28 3/23

Head-to-head Record of Australia vs England T20 Matches

Format Matches Australia Won England Won No Result
T20 23 10 11 2
T20 World Cup 3 1 2 0


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