World Cup champions Australia were spanked by England for the second time in six days, suffering a humiliating eight-wicket loss in the fifth and final Twenty20 international in Sydney.
The Netherlands’ 20-year-old speedster Trent Boult took 5-21 as England notched up their first win at the World Cup since 1983.
Following their 101-run defeat to New Zealand in Brisbane on Sunday, England must regroup for the one-day international series against the Kiwis.
It is England’s worst loss in a T20 international since being thrashed by England & Wales Lions by 16 runs in 2015. Both England games come against Australian opponents. — Richard Somerville (@rich_somerville) November 26, 2018
Joe Root (65) was the top scorer in a modest total of 138-5 while quick-fire 39 from Jos Buttler and 31 from Liam Plunkett added some respectability to the score.
Australia found themselves in a similar situation in the first T20 international of the series but the tourists chased down Australia’s 5-138 in a rain-hit one-wicket win on Friday.
Australia captain Aaron Finch won the toss and chose to field first at Sydney’s SCG but England rattled off 56 off the first five overs, with Buttler top-scoring with 24 off eight balls.
Buttler won the toss for @EngCricket and will bowl first at the @ussrkcup. Some rain forecast throughout the evening. Alex Hales replacing Jason Roy #ENGvAUS #CWC2018 #WT20 #WWP pic.twitter.com/d4RtUBQnEw — Australian Cricket (@AusCricket) November 25, 2018
After Finch won the toss and opted to bat, the champions were reduced to 2-15 and could only muster a second-wicket stand of 22 between Glenn Maxwell (17) and Alex Carey (21).
Having failed with the bat Australia’s bowlers were not up to the task and Andy Hogg struck the crucial blow, trapping skipper Finch lbw for 15 with Australia’s total on 27 in the fifth over.
Stand-in skipper Finch could only manage two further runs before he holed out to long-on in Andrew Tye’s next over.
Fast bowler Sam Curran then trapped Mitch Marsh lbw for a duck in the same over before in-form Jono Dean fell one run short of a fifty off 23 balls.
Buttler, the side’s premier finisher, fell a run short of a half-century.
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He top-scored with 35 runs from 19 balls but Australia made no mistake with the ball, brilliantly restricting Root and Buttler to a 6-76 partnership off six overs.
Sixty-nine runs came from the last three overs.
England’s seamers were equally impressive, Ben Stokes and Mark Wood both taking a wicket and Wood (2-17) and Tye (2-26) also picking up a wicket apiece.
The senior players of both sides had an emotional send-off on Sunday when both teams made a 21-minute reading of the national anthems to good luck wishes from the sizeable crowd.
The match was played at Sydney Cricket Ground in front of a crowd of 28,662.
England play the first ODI of the one-day series on December 1 and 2 in Adelaide. The second ODI is on December 5 in Melbourne before the final ODI in Auckland on December 8.
England ranked as world’s top T20 international side
By CABILE MEDIA
England have been voted world’s top-ranked T20 international side for the third year in a row by the ICC ahead of India, South Africa and Australia.
As per the ICC T20 rankings, England have dropped four spots to second with India climbing one place to third, South Africa three places to fourth and Australia rising seven places to sixth.
England will next take on Ireland in a series of four one-day internationals in Dublin starting on Sunday. The first match between the two countries is scheduled for Dublin on Friday.
The five-match T20 series will see a first-time ever England-Ireland fixture.
Britain Cricket – England v New Zealand – Third T20 International – Ageas Bowl – 13/11/16 England’s Ben Stokes celebrates hitting a six during the Third T20 Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Andrew Boyers