5 December 2022

Perth : Openers Alex Hales and Jos Buttler blasted half-centuries to lead England to an eight-run win over Australia on Sunday in the first of three warm-up games before the T20 World Cup starts later this month.

England powered to 208-6 after losing the toss, a commanding total that proved too much for Australia despite a gallant 44 – ball 73 from David Warner. The world champions scored 200-9 in their 20 overs, disappointing 25,755 – a strong crowd starved of international cricket for nearly three years due to strict border controls in Western Australia during the Covid – 19 pandemic.

Aus in the first T20I
Aus in the first T20I

Fresh off a 4-3 series win against Pakistan, England welcomed Buttler ( 68 off 32 balls ) and firebrand Ben Stokes back into the team as they look to settle their line-up.

Buttler showed no rustiness overcoming a calf injury, blasting 16 off seamer Cameron Green in the first over.

The skipper combined with Hales ( 84 ) from 51 ) to find the rope 27 times, capitalizing on Australia’s decision to experiment with all-rounders instead of specialist seamers in the series opener.

The 132 – run opening partnership was finally broken in the 12th over when Buttler mistimed pacer Nathan Ellis ( 3-20 ).

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