Morgan in doubt for remainder of T20 tri-series

Hales dropped a catch and failed with the bat as England lost in Hobart

Buttler played a key role in England posting 137 for 7 in the allotted 20 overs where the stand-in captain scored 46 off 49.

"The beauty of a tri-series is we still have a chance to make the final", he said on Saturday (February 10).

Buttler rued his team's batting errors and said Australia's power-hitting proved too much for his bowlers to cope.

"After a poor performance in Hobart, we were determined to show what we are capable of tonight, but we weren't able to do that". Australia, meanwhile, the Big Bash all-stars, suddenly look the best T20 side in world cricket.

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 global runs.

"We haven't showcased our ability as we know we can yet and there's guys in that dressing room who'll be determined to come back strong".

His side struggled in his absence, setting Australia a target of 138 which they achieved with 27 balls to spare.

That was the final act of this long England tour in Australia, including a 4-0 Ashes defeat and a 4-1 one-day success.

He is expected to travel with the T20 side to New Zealand before heading straight to South Africa for the first of four Tests.

Whether Morgan will be back to lead a push for the final remains to be seen, with doctors yet to establish the severity of his groin complaint.

Buttler confirmed the same and told cricket.com.au, "He got a little niggle yesterday in training".

"I don't think we quite know the extent of it yet, so we'll wait and find out".

England were bullied early by Australia's pace duo of Kane Richardson and Billy Stanlake to be left wobbling at 34 for 3 before they made a brief recovery.

And he refused to write England off, adding: "They have a pretty similar team to the ODIs and they smashed us pretty well in that series".

Glenn Maxwell, who scored a stunning century in the five-wicket triumph last time out, top scored again for his side with 39 as the hosts chased down England's 137-7 easily.

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