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England blew away Australia with a dominant display in Dubai on Saturday, winning the Super 12 encounter by eight wickets to take a giant step towards the T20 World Cup semi-finals. Australia were extremely poor on the day, with the batting faring miserably against a well-balanced England bowling line-up. The likes of Steve Smith, David Warner, Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis all failed with the bat in hand. Following the crushing defeat, former Australia spinner Shane Warne took to Twitter and made a big statement on the team’s composition going forward.

One of the suggestions made by the legendary leg-spinner was that star batter Steve Smith “shouldn’t be in the T20 team”.

Fans, though, were not in agreement with Warne.

Steve Smith scored just 1 run off five balls before he was sent packing by England pacer Chris Jordan.

At one stage, the Aussies were 21 for four, staring down the barrel. But a gritty knock of 44 off 49 balls from captain Aaron Finch brought some respectability to their total. In the end, Australia stuttered to 125 all out in their 20 overs.

The target proved to be a cakewalk for England. Jos Buttler smashed an unbeaten 71 off just 32 balls to lead England’s chase.

England smashed their way to 126 for two in just 11.4 overs to notch yet another convincing win.


England now sit pretty at the top of the Group 1 points table with three wins out of three. Australia have two wins from three games but have two tricky tests in Bangladesh and the West Indies awaiting them.

Lose even one of that match and the Australians could find themselves in danger of missing out on the semi-finals.

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By William Regal

Used to think I was a tad indecisive, but now I’m not quite sure.

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