The blitz took Australia past the finishing line with seven wickets and 33 balls to spare. Selector Mark Waugh has been earmarked to cast his ocular perception over the nation's T20 aptitude in a specialised role. That's the beauty of a tri-series.
England face New Zealand on Tuesday in desperate need of a win, while Australia's next match is against the Black Caps on Friday.
From there Australia's innings accelerated, as D'Arcy Short compiled a fine 36 not out, with Chris Lynn piling on 31 and Maxwell's fluent knock featuring two maximums, as he became the fourth Australian to pass 1,000 T20 worldwide runs.
Cameos from D'Arcy Short, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell and Aaron Finch ensured Australia eased to a seven-wicket victory over England in Melbourne on Saturday (10 February), completing their 138-run chase without breaking a sweat.Kane Richardson's 3/33 had helped restrict England to 137/7 after David Warner opted to field, before all of Short (36), Lynn (31), Maxwell (39) and Finch, who hit two fours and as many sixes in his five-ball 20, helped complete the chase with 33 balls to spare.The victory was Australia's third on the trot in the Trans-Tasman triangular Twenty20 worldwide series, and it meant they secured their place in the final, to be played in Auckland on 21 February.
Then came Maxwell, who was at it from the word go. They registered their consecutive win over England, winning the third T20I by 7 wickets at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Buttler was a big factor in England reaching their score, top scoring with 46, and the tourists would have been much worse off without their stand-in skipper.
Kane Richardson - 8/10 - Australia's fast bowler led the charge in Melbourne, taking 3-33. He has composed a lethal partnership with the slippery Richardson, while Andrew Tye has thrived in the back-end of the innings through his bag of artifices.
With Australia's Test squad to South Africa - apart from David Warner- reposed, it was perceived Australia would field a debilitated team for the tri-series.
England have been in Australia since late October and although the T20I squad is vastly different from the Test players who started the tour, the Three Lions looked a bit tired in Melbourne. Out of the players not playing in the series, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Marsh, Pat Cummins and captain Steve Smith are probably the only inclusions likely into the team. Malan and Vince tried a bit but failed. Albeit a tiring Warner has struggled with the bat, his innate aggression and effervescence impeccably complements the format, with the results being hard to ignore. Since the opening match of the tournament, Australia was showing their tremendous performance in the T20I competition.