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Australia win by 13 runs

Australia vs England

1st Twenty20 international: Australia defeat England in Hobart

Aus v Eng 1st T20 - Highlights

Moises Henriques (L): Helped do early damage to the England run chase

England's miserable tour of Australia continued with a 13-run defeat in the first Twenty20 international at the Blundstone Arena in Hobart.

Australia smashed 213-4 from their 20 overs, with an opening stand of 106 between Cameron White and Aaron Finch laying the foundations for the huge total.

England never looked like chasing down the target as Moises Henriques and Nathan Coulter-Nile combined to remove the top three within the first five overs.

Ravi Bopara did blast an unbeaten 64 from just 27 balls late on, but by that point any realistic hopes England had of victory had long since disappeared and the tourists ultimately finished quite a way short on 200-9.

The result leaves England needing to win the next 20-over game in Melbourne on Friday to keep the three-match series alive and avoid leaving Australia with nothing to show for three months of touring.

England's chase was in trouble as early as the second over as Michael Lumb (9) became the first to fall when he drove Coulter-Nile to Chris Lynn.

Henriques then struck twice in his first over, with Luke Wright (9) dragging onto his stumps before Alex Hales, the world's top-ranked Twenty20 batsman, missed a slower ball to be trapped lbw for 22.

Eoin Morgan followed shortly after for just four as he was bowled swiping at Glenn Maxwell and when Coulter-Nile removed both Jos Buttler (20) and Joe Root (32) in the 12th over, England's hopes were all but ended.

England had managed just two sixes until that point, but Bopara upped the scoring rate as he hit both Josh Hazlewood and Henriques over the ropes.

Australia made inroads at the other end with young spinner James Muirhead bowling Tim Bresnan (11) for his first international wicket, while skipper Stuart Broad (13) was cleaned up by Coulter-Nile, who finished with career-best figures of 4-34.

More misery for England

With the game lost Bopara cut loose in the final overs, finishing with a total of seven sixes to add respectability to England's score.

Australia had earlier got off to a flying start thanks to the half-centuries from White and Finch, although England should have had the former early on when Root spilled a routine chance off Broad at first slip.

White went on to mis-hit two sixes over a short boundary on the eastern side of the ground and the 100-run stand was brought up from 59 balls when he revealed a defter touch to sweep Danny Briggs for four.

Broad broke the opening stand when Finch attempted to clout him for another six but only succeeded in finding the hands of Hales to depart for 52 from 31 balls.

White and Finch partnership blossoms

White escaped again when he was caught off a no-ball but soon after he finally departed for 75 from 43 balls as Luke Wright had him trapped lbw.

Glenn Maxwell wasted no time in playing an extraordinary reverse swipe which went over point for six off the bowling off Danny Briggs, whose four overs went for 53 runs.

When Maxwell (20) tried to replicate the stroke from a Bopara slower ball he miscued to Bresnan at point, but Lynn made sure Australia cruised past 200 with an unbeaten 37 from 19 balls.

Broad believes the blame for the defeat lies at the feet of his top-order batsmen.

Broad said: "I didn't think 213 was actually too many. When you've got big powerful hitters targeting a short boundary it's hard to keep the run-rate below 10.

"There was some awesome hitting towards the end but we didn't lay a platform to give ourselves the best chance. We didn't play as well as we could have done. Scoreboard pressure played a big part and you're always going to feel the pressure.

"Ravi was awesome towards the end but we didn't really play as well as we could have done. Still, 400 runs in a day, in 40 overs, is pretty incredible really."

The three-match series continues in Melbourne before England's torrid tour of Australia concludes in Sydney.

And Broad has backed his side to respond brightly to their disappointing night at the Blundstone Arena.

"We didn't get firing as much as we'd want to but a big strength of this England Twenty20 side is generally coming back from losses," he added.

"We've come back from losses and hopefully we'll do that at the MCG (on Friday)".

Match Details

29th Jan 2014
Australia won the toss and elected to bat.
Bellerive Oval, Hobart
S D Fry, J D Ward
TV Umpire
P Wilson
Match Referee
A J Pycroft
Reserve Umpire
M Graham-Smith


Batsman R
A.D. Hales lbw Henriques 22
M.J. Lumb c Lynn b Coulter-Nile 9
L.J. Wright b Henriques 9
J.E. Root c Finch b Coulter-Nile 32
E.J.G. Morgan b Maxwell 4
J.C. Buttler c Muirhead b Coulter-Nile 20
R.S. Bopara Not out 65
T.T. Bresnan b Muirhead 11
S.C.J. Broad b Coulter-Nile 13
J.W. Dernbach run out (Finch) 5
Extras 7w, 3lb 10
Total 20.0 Overs 200 - 9
Full Batting Card

australia BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
G.J. Maxwell 3 0 30 1
N.M. Coulter-Nile 4 0 30 4
J.R. Hazlewood 4 0 46 0
M.C. Henriques 3 0 36 2
J.M. Muirhead 4 0 34 1
D.T. Christian 2 0 21 0
Full Bowling Card