England let Matthew Wade get away with obstructing the field in victory over Australia

England let Matthew Wade get away with obstructing the field in victory over Australia

After a wait of three years without international cricket, Perth was treated to a game that distilled the best of Twenty20. There were more than 400 runs

Australia were waltzing to their target of 209 when Mark Wood transformed the feel of the run chase by removing Marcus Stoinis and Tim David, Australia’s two local big hitters, in the 15th over

David Warner, whose 73 had held Australia’s innings together – it seemed to herald England victory

Matthew Wade maintained the hosts’ challenge, abetted by a little generosity from the tourists. After being harassed by a Wood short ball,

Wade underwent a concussion test, England declined to appeal.

Kane Richardson brought fine leg up, Buttler scooped him over the man for four; the next delivery

Buttler’s range is nonpareil in the England team, he was almost matched by his opening partner Alex Hales.

Full schedule October 9: First T20I, Perth, 1.10 PM IST October 12: Second T20I, Canberra, 1.10 PM IST October 14: Third T20I, Canberra, 1.10 PM IST Head-to-head record Australia and England have met 20 times in T20Is, with the Aussies holding a slight 10-9 advantage, with one no result.

Australia, first T20I: Aaron Finch (c), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Cameron Green, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Kane Richardson, Daniel Sams, Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade, David Warner