Australia Annihilate England In Tri-Series Final

Australia annihilated England by 112 runs in the Tri-Series final on Sunday in Perth.  The English won the toss and made early inroads when James Anderson had Aaron Finch caught by Joe Root without scoring off just the third ball of the match.  The tourists were on top after 17.4 overs when the Australians found themselves struggling at 60/4.

However, Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Marsh added 141 runs for the fifth wicket to take the hosts to 201/5 when Maxwell caught by Jos Buttler off Stuart Broad (3/55) for 95.  Maxwell’s 98-ball innings included 15 fours.

Marsh hit 60 off 68, including seven fours and a six while James Faulkner used the fresh foundation to bludgeon an unbeaten 50 off only 24 balls, with four fours and an equal amount of sixes as the home side posted 278/8.  England’s innings started in similar fashion as Mitchell Johnson ripped through the top order on his way to 3/27 in 7 overs.  The poms were reeling at 46/4 after 10.4 overs.

If Johnson did the damage up front, it was Maxwell who finished it off taking out Buttler, Chris Woakes, Broad and Ravi Bopara, who top scored with 33, as he took 4/46 in his nine.  In the end the English were skittled for 166 in only 39.1 overs as the hosts claimed the trophy at the WACA.