Australia rode on a strong all-round performance to outclass England by seven wickets in their Twenty20 worldwide (T20I) here on Saturday. He duly accompanied Short to the finish, leaving Australia's players with three T20 wins from three in this series and a spring in their step ahead of the Allan Border Medal awards ceremony in Melbourne on Monday night.
They were outgunned in the ODI series, but Australia put England in the shade for the second consecutive Twenty20.
That is despite Australia fielding a side shorn, Warner aside, of all its Test stars ahead of the forthcoming series in South Africa. The side led by David Warner defeated New Zealand in the first T20I by 7 wickets and then beat England in the 2nd T20I by 5 wickets. The match was placed in 10th February, 2018 and Melbourne Cricket Ground was the host arena of the match.
England's performance represented a significant downturn from Wednesday's, when they started brightly with the bat and conjured some late drama with a spirited display in the field. He arrived when England had lost three wickets inside the first four overs, and nudged just above a run a ball early in his stay, but struggled to up the tempo against Ashton Agar, Marcus Stoinis and the slower-ball variations of AJ Tye.
Glenn Maxwell in action against England.
However, after a quickfire 31 - from just 18 balls - he skied an attempted slog off the bowling of Chris Jordan, coolly taken by Buttler, to reach 52/2 after six overs. Jos Buttler captained England and top-scored with 46.
"We didn't quite soak up the pressure early on with the bat and then we never really kicked on".
Buttler, stand-in skipper for the day, shared a stand of 43 with the lively Sam Billings (29) and remained in place until the final ball of the innings but never looked close to his fluent best.
D'Arcy Short also impressed in compiling his 36 not out as Australia easily chased down England's 137-7.