The Tri Series tournament now moves to New Zealand for the remainder of of the matches including the final
Wellington 6.00am GMT Tuesday 13th February
With Australia already in the final having won three out of three, against New Zealand and then twice against England the next two matches on Tesday and Snday become a head to head to reach the final
New Zealand were until recently the number one ranked world T20 side but have lost their last three games, at home to Pakistan before the Australia loss
Australia booked their place in the Trans-Tasman Tri Series without wasting a drop of sweat in Melbourne as insipid England slipped to a seven-wicket defeat. An obviously insufficient target was chased down at a canter at the MCG.
England, strangled early in their innings and brutalised by Australia’s in-form Big Bash stars when it was their turn with the ball, saved their worst white-ball performance for last in their final outing Down Under.
In staggering to 137 for seven, the tourists seemed hampered by a two-paced pitch yet Australia, David Warner aside, looked totally at ease. Chris Lynn set the tone with a brutal 31 before D’Arcy Short and Glenn Maxwell tucked into England’s ineffective spin in the middle overs. It was all over with more than a quarter of the innings left.
New Zealand have the power of Munro up top, the class of Wlliamson and Taylor plus all rounders to spare and are a dangerous side
England are underperforming with the bat they bat deep and long and should be performing better but in their current form you have to say that ew Zealand will be favourites to make the final on home soil.
New Zealand can be backed at 4/5 with Skybet.