Mitchell Marsh’s late fireworks help Australia maintain No.1 T20 spot after securing a 5 wickets win

Australia Tour of West Indies: Mitchell Marsh, Ashton Turner starred, while Dan Christian also made a mark in Australia's intra-squad match.
Australia Tour of West Indies: Mitchell Marsh, Ashton Turner starred, while Dan Christian also made a mark in Australia's intra-squad match.

Australia maintained their place at the top of the world T20 rankings after surviving a middle-order collapse to beat England by five wickets in the third T20I.

Needing 146 to win, the run-rate was never a problem, but Adil Rashid’s three-wicket burst got rid of Glenn Maxwell, Aaron Finch and Steve Smith and left the tourists 100-5.

However, Mitch Marsh – dropped twice by Dawid Malan off Rashid (3-21) – made the most of his good fortune to score a valuable 39no and Ashton Agar made an unbeaten 16 to see Australia home with three balls to spare.

England win the series 2-1 but having rested Jos Buttler and left out captain Eoin Morgan after he dislocated his finger in the previous game, they missed the chance of a clean sweep that would have taken them to world No 1 as they stuttered to 145-6, with Jonny Bairstow making 55.

Moeen Ali led England in the absence of Morgan but Australia skipper Aaron Finch won the toss and put the hosts in to bat.

Earlier, Tom Banton moved up to open but was unable to give England the kind of rapid starts Buttler had managed in the past two games as he edged the returning Josh Hazlewood (1-23) behind for two.

Bairstow has struggled for runs this summer and found the going tough early on, attempting a number of big shots but invariably mistimed timed them.

Moeen (23) hit a lovely straight six of his own but fell to another good piece of fielding, this time from Steve Smith at deep midwicket – the former skipper catching the ball with his boot millimetres from the boundary cushion and throwing it up before getting safely inside to complete the catch.

England’s cause was helped by three successive, slightly fortunate boundaries for Joe Denly (29no) in the 18th over – all off the edge, two outside and one inside, as Kane Richardson deceived him with his slower deliveries.

The Aussie bowler finished the innings off well though, removing Chris Jordan (4) in the last over, as England mustered just nine runs from the last two overs from Mitchell Starc (1-20) and Richardson (1-31).