Buttler leads England to T20 victory over Australia


‘Extraordinary’ caught and bowled to remove Hales
Only Twenty20, Edgbaston
England 221-5 (20 overs): Buttler 61 (30), Hales 49 (24)
Australia 193 (19.4 overs): Finch 84 (41), Rashid 3-27
England won by 28 runs

Jos Buttler hit the fastest Twenty20 international half-century by an England batsman to propel the home side to a 28-run win over Australia.

Buttler, promoted to open, reached 50 from 22 balls at Edgbaston.

He ended with 61 and, along with 49 from Alex Hales and Jason Roy’s 44, helped England to 221-5, their second-highest T20 total.

Though Aaron Finch hammered 84 from 41 balls, Australia were bowled out for 193, with Adil Rashid claiming 3-27.

It completes a miserable tour for Australia, their first trip to England since the ball-tampering scandal, in which they whitewashed 5-0 in the one-day series.

England play the first of three T20 internationals against India at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

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