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Result: Australia thrash England in T20 clash in Melbourne

Australia power to a seven-wicket victory over England in their latest T20 showdown in Melbourne, a result which earns them a place in the Tri-Series final.

Australia have earned a place in the Tri-Series final with a seven-wicket victory over England in Melbourne.

England needed to produce an improved display after losing to the Baggy Greens earlier this week, but Australia dominated from start to finish at the MCG.

Jos Buttler - England's stand-in captain for the game - made 46 and Sam Billings contributed 29, but the tourists struggled to 137-7 from their 20 overs.

David Willey gave England hope by taking the wicket of David Warner during the first over of Australia's reply, but Chris Lynn (31) and Glenn Maxwell (39) helped take the match away from England.

D'Arcy Short also added an unbeaten 36 as Australia wrapped up the win with 33 balls to spare.

England will now travel to New Zealand, with victory required in at least one of their contests with the Black Caps to maintain hope of qualifying for the final.

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