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Australia win by 8 wickets

Australia vs England

George Bailey leads Australia to emphatic eight-wicket win over dismal England at the MCG

Stuart Broad said the his England side are extremely disappointed after another series defeat to Australia.

Mitchell Starc is congratulated after taking the catch to dismiss Alex Hales

Australia made sure of a clean sweep on home soil against England, wrapping up the Twenty20 series with an emphatic eight-wicket win in Melbourne.

Having battled bravely to make 200 in a losing cause in a run-filled series opener in Hobart on Wednesday England faltered to 130-9 after winning the toss and choosing to bat first at the MCG.

Jos Buttler top scored with just 22 as the hosts bowled - and fielded - superbly to restrict their opponents to a below-par total that they passed with ease.

Cameron White and George Bailey both made unbeaten half-centuries, the latter taking just 24 deliveries to reach the landmark, as Australia coasted home with 31 balls to spare.

The duo put on an unbroken stand of 78 after Aaron Finch (10) and Glenn Maxwell (two) had fallen in quick succession, raising brief hope for the visitors.

That was soon distinguished by Bailey, however, as the home skipper smashed seven fours and three sixes in his unbeaten 60. White, who had given the run chase a fast start with a plethora of boundaries, finished up 57 not out.

Disastrous day

It all meant it was another disastrous day for England on a tour that seemingly can't end soon enough. After the Ashes and the one-dayers, the Twenty20 fixtures have offered no end to their misery Down Under.

They had seemed to get off to a decent enough start on Friday in their bid to draw level, taking 10 runs off the opening over bowled by Brad Hodge. However, things began to unravel when Michael Lumb (18) departed.

Luke Wright lasted just two balls, caught superbly by Hodge, handed a recall at the tender age of 39, at cover off Mitchell Starc, who then held on himself to a steepling catch at third man to send Alex Hales on his way for 16.

The tourists did themselves no favours when the next two wickets fell to run outs, Eoin Morgan the first of them when he was done by the busy Hodge's throw - and a bouncing bat.

The left-hander - who had reverse swept the first delivery he'd faced to the boundary - seemed to have made his ground with a desperate dive, only for his bat to come up as it made contact with the ground. It meant that at the moment wicketkeeper Matthew Wade took off the bails, Morgan had nothing behind the line to save him.

Perhaps at fault for the fourth wicket, having called his batting partner through for a dicey single, Root then perished himself to a tremendous throw from the deep by Maxwell as he was on the run.

At 63-5 after 8.3 overs it felt like England were already doomed.

Leg-spinner James Muirhead tightened the screw with an excellent spell of 1-17 that saw him have Ravi Bopara (six) caught in the deep, while any slender hopes the tourists had of setting a competitive target disappeared when Buttler was trapped leg before by Nathan Coulter-Nile.

A 34-run stand between Stuart Broad and Tim Bresnan proved to be the best partnership of the innings, also meaning that they at least avoided the embarrassment of being bowled out.

Bresnan was bowled for 18 as Josh Hazlewood (4-30) claimed wickets with the final two balls of the 20th over, James Tredwell the other when he was comprehensively castled for a duck. Skipper Broad finished up unbeaten on 18 having struck three of his side's 15 fours. There were no sixes.

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Match Details

31st Jan 2014
England won the toss and elected to bat.
Melbourne Cricket Ground
J D Ward, P Wilson
TV Umpire
S D Fry
Match Referee
A J Pycroft
Reserve Umpire
G C Joshua

australia BATTING CARD

Batsman R
C.L. White Not out 58
A.J. Finch lbw Bresnan 10
G.J. Maxwell c Bresnan b Tredwell 2
G.J. Bailey Not out 60
Extras 1w, 1
Total 14.5 Overs 131 - 2
Full Batting Card


Bowler O M R W
S.C.J. Broad 3 0 29 0
J.W. Dernbach 3 0 42 0
T.T. Bresnan 3 0 11 1
J.C. Tredwell 3.5 0 37 1
R.S. Bopara 2 0 12 0
Full Bowling Card