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England blanked in Twenty20 series

 England will leave Australia empty-handed following an eight-wicket defeat to concede the Twenty20 international series in Melbourne yesterday. 

After limping to 130 for nine at the Melbourne Cricket Ground—when Australia were inspired by the fielding of the returning 39-year-old Brad Hodge and Josh Hazlewood’s four for 30—England saw their hosts reel in the chase with 31 balls to spare.

Unbeaten half-centuries from Cameron White (58) and skipper George Bailey (60) ensured Australia coasted to a 2-0 series lead ahead of the series finale in Sydney on Sunday.

Defeat for England sent them down to eighth in the Twenty20 world rankings - one place ahead of Ireland.

With less than two months to go before the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, restoring confidence appears a primary aim.

Jos Buttler’s 22 was the best any England batsman could muster as their top order failed to survive the first nine overs.

 

2nd T20 SCOREBOARD

 

Australia v England T20

England Inns

A Hales c Starc b Hazelwood 16

M Lumb c Coulter-Nile b Hazelwood 18

L Wright c Hodge b Starc 0

J Root run out 18

E Morgan run out 6

J Butler lbw Coulter-Nile 22

R Bopara c Maxwell b Muirhead 6

T Bresnan b Hazelwood 18

S Broad not out 18

J Tredwell b Hazelwood 0

Extras (LB4, W4) 8

Total: (for nine wickets, 20 overs).................130

Wickets at: 24, 30, 42, 55, 63, 87, 96, 130, 130, 130

Bowling: Hodge 1-0-10-0, Coulter-Nile 4-0-29-1, Starc 4-0-19-1, Hazlewood 4-0-30-4, Maxwell 1-0-7-0, Muirhead 4-0-17-1, White 2-0-14-0

 

Australia Inns

C White not out................................................58

A Finch lbw Bresnan.......................................10

G Maxwell c Bresnan b Tredwell......................2

G Bailey not out................................................60

Extras (W1).......................................................1

Total: (for two wickets, 14.5 overs).................131

Wickets at: 48, 53

Bowling: Broad 3-0-29-0, Dernbach 3-0-42-0, Bresnan 3-0-11-1, Tredwell 3.5-037-1, Bopara 2-0-12-0

 
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