Australia trounced England once again in the final Twenty20 International, winning by 84 runs. The hosts won the toss and batted first; posting an excellent total of 195-6 thanks to a wonderful late knock of 49 from just 20 balls from George Bailey. The Australian captain's innings included a whopping 26 runs scored off the final over.
In response, England lost three wickets in the first five overs and that halted any hope of a successful run chase. A final score of 3-0 in the T20 series compounds a miserable tour for England, in which they have been dominated by the Australians in all forms of the game.
Australia’s T20 skipper won the toss and decided to bat first. Aaron Finch set the tone early as he went after the England bowling attack. He’d scored 30 from just 20 balls, which included three enormous sixes, before being caught by England skipper Stuart Broad at wide mid-on.
Glenn Maxwell was next out to the crease and he smashed two sixes during his knock of 14 from just seven balls, but Broad had him caught at long-on.
Whilst England had dislodged two dangerous players, Australian batsmen continued to come in and make brisk runs. Ben Cutting was next up, scoring 29 from 16 deliveries before he was caught and bowled by Joe Root. It left Australia 118-3 in the 14th over.
|Australia vs. England, 3rd T20: Scorecard|
|White||c Buttler||b Jordan||41||64||37|
|Finch||c Broad||b Bresnan||30||29||21|
|Maxwell||c Hales||b Broad||14||7||7|
|Cutting||c and b Root||29||21||16|
|Hodge||c Dernbach||b Broad||7||6||7|
|Extras||0nb 4w 0b 2lb||6|
|Total||for 6||195||(20.0 ovs)|
|Wright||c Cutting||b Starc||8||12||12|
|Hales||c Muirhead||b Coulter-Nile||6||16||8|
|Stokes||c Cutting||b Maxwell||5||8||4|
|Root||c Cutting||b Maxwell||11||21||21|
|Morgan||c Starc||b Cutting||34||29||20|
|Buttler||c Maxwell||b Christian||8||10||9|
|Bresnan||st Wade||b Muirhead||14||8||7|
|Dernbach||run out (Bailey)||1||6||2|
|Extras||0nb 2w 2b 4lb||8|
|Total||for 10||111||(17.2 ovs)|
Cameron White—who played the most studiously of all the Australian batsmen—went in the very next over for 41 off 37 deliveries and England had a chance to wrestle some momentum back when the dangerous Brad Hodge fell to Broad for just seven and Daniel Christian went a couple of balls later for no score.
But Bailey and Matt Wade had other ideas. They looked to be steering Australia to a respectable total before the Aussie skipper’s last over heroics took the game away from England. He scored two from the final ball, but that was preceded by two sixes and three fours, meaning an enormous 26 runs scored from the final over and a final score of 195-6 for the hosts.
As you’ve probably come to expect by now, the England response got off to a pretty meagre start. Having struggled to get the Australian bowlers away in the first couple of overs the England openers began to play reckless shots in a desperate attempt to keep the required rate down.
Luke Wright tried to pull a ball from Mitchell Starc which was far too short, and he skewed it down the throat of Cutting at deep square leg.
Alex Hales and Ben Stokes fell within the first five overs too, and with none of the England top three making a double-figure score, the run chase was dead in the water.
Root struggled to an excruciating 11 from 21 balls before he was put out of his misery by Maxwell, and whilst Eoin Morgan played some clever shots in his knock of 34 from just 20, the asking rate was stratospheric and another defeat loomed large.
Jos Buttler and Ravi Bopara came and went for single-figure scores and when Tim Bresnan fell, it left England somewhat embarrassingly on 98-8. Broad fell to the spin of James Muirhead before Jade Dernbach was the final man to go; being run out for a single that was never on.
A fitting way to cap a miserable tour for England and you suspect there will be much to discuss on their return from Down Under.