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Australia thrash England by five wickets to regain T20 top ranking

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JANUARY 30: Marcus Stoinis of Australia celebrates scoring a century during the first One Day International game between New Zealand and Australia at Eden Park on January 30, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

SOUTHAMPTON: Mitchell Marsh marked his return to the world stage by leading Australia to a five-wicket consolation win over England at Southampton on Tuesday as they regained top spot in the global Twenty20 rankings from their arch-rivals. Australia were cruising to a modest target of 146 at 70-1 even though they had rested dynamic opener David Warner in one of three changes to their side. But they lost three wickets for 17 runs to be 87-4 before Marsh (39 not out) and Ashton Agar (16 not out) saw Australia to victory with three balls to spare. “Six months is a long time without cricket so it’s great to get the opportunity today,” player-of-the-match Marsh told Sky Sports. “It’s nice to finish off the series and nice to contribute. “I would’ve liked my first game back to be a bit easier than that… I certainly looked up to make sure (Adil) Rashid had bowled out and I do like pace on the ball.” England, however, still won the three-match series 2-1.

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