Australia 195-6 (Bailey 49no, White 41) beat
England 111 (Muirhead 2-13) by 84 runs
Third Twenty20 International, Sydney
Australia wrapped up the Twenty20 series 3-0 with a thumping 84 run victory at Stadium Australia as England collapsed for just 111 and suffered a suitably tortuous end to their wretched tour
The home side posted 195 for six, with contributions from Cameron White (41) and Aaron Finch (30), but it was captain George Bailey who top scored with a blistering 49 from 30 balls.
Stuart Broad (3-30) and Chris Jordan (1-23) impressed with the ball for England, but Jade Dernbach suffered yet another terrible day at the office and was taken for 26 in one over by Bailey.
England’s reply never got going with Eoin Morgan top scoring with 34 and all six of Australia’s bowlers getting among the wickets.
England's heaviest T20I defeats (runs)
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84 v Australia in Sydney, 2014
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Australia won the toss and chose to bat first on a clear warm night at Stadium Australia. The home side made two changes, resting Chis Lynn and Josh Hazelwood, and replacing them with Dan Christian and Ben Cutting.
England also made a couple of changes with the out of form Michael Lumb making way for Ben Stokes and Jordan brought in for his debut ahead of spinner James Tredwell, with England perhaps having one eye on the unusually short straight boundaries at Stadium Australia. England also persevered with the struggling Dernbach despite recording terrible figures of one for 94 from seven overs during the opening two games of the series.
Australian openers White and Finch made a circumspect start and were restricted by some good opening bowling from England new ball pair; Broad and Jordan. The visitors stuck to their back of a length bowling policy and made White and Finch play across the line to the long square boundaries and kept Australia quiet with the score at 27-0 after the opening five overs. The only blemish was Jordan dropping a relatively simple chance offered by Finch, who was on eight at the time, at mid -wicket from the bowling of Tim Bresnan.
Stokes was introduced into the attack for the sixth over and bowled far too full for the pitch as his first over went for 14 runs. It was Bresnan, in the very next over, who made the breakthrough for England, dismissing Finch for 20 with a back of a length delivery which Finch could only succeed in squeezing to Broad at mid-wicket.
England's worst tour ever?
Ashes Tests: Australia 5-0 England
ODIs: Australia 4-1 England
T20Is: Australia 3-0 England
Departures: Jonathan Trott (stress-related illness), Graeme Swann (retirement), Steven Finn (loss of form), Andy Flower (resignation)
Questions: Will Alastair Cook stay on as ODI captain after saying he would consider stepping down only to change his mind? Will Kevin Pietersen remain an England player now that Flower has gone? Who will replace Flower? How much more do England have to change to challenge the best in the world?
Any positives? The performances of Ben Stokes and Chris Jordan have been hugely encouraging.
What now? England must appoint a new Team Director and either keep Cook on as ODI captain or appoint a replacement.
They must also pick a final 15-man squad for the ICC World T20 which they will now go into with few people favouring them for success.
Then, it's time for the players to return to their counties (although some may go to the IPL first) and make a case for selection against Sri Lanka and India.
Glenn Maxwell was next to go, scoring jut 14, departing after more short aggressive bowling, this time from Broad. Australia then decided to mix things up by bringing in Cutting ahead of the more experienced Bailey and Brad Hodge.
Australia reached the halfway stage at 79 for two and appeared to have a solid platform from which to build. Cutting and White then made hay, hitting four sixes in a partnership of 53 runs from just 30 balls, in which Cutting made 29. It was Joe Root who made the vital breakthrough for England taking a superb caught and bowled low to his left to dismiss the dangerous Cutting.
Skipper Bailey then came to the crease at 118 for three and quickly lost his partner; White strangled down the leg side by the increasingly impressive Chris Jordan. Broad then dragged England back into the match, dismissing Hodge (7) and Dan Christian (0) in the same over to finish with figures of three for 30.
Despite finding themselves in a good position, England’s death bowling left a lot to be desired, with Bailey and Wade adding 56 from just 24 balls.
Dernbach again showcased his inability to be an international bowler, as Bailey smashed him for 26 in the final over, to surely end the Surrey man’s international career for the foreseeable future.
England’s new opening batting partnership of Luke Wright and Alex Hales started terribly with Wright being dismissed by Mitchell Starc for just eight and England ending the third over at 15 for one. Hales also failed, making six before picking out James Muirhead in the deep from the bowling of Nathan Coulter-Nile.
England slipped further into the mire as Stokes gave his wicket away to the part time off spin of Maxwell. Root then followed after playing a torturous innings; managing to scramble just 11 runs from 21 balls at the crease.
Despite a spirited innings from Eoin Morgan (34), England never got into the run chase and never appeared to have any chance of winning. Australia’s bowling was, as it has been all summer, disciplined and controlled and they were backed up by more superb fielding.
England’s lower order faded away in the pressure of a required run rate in excess of 12 an over as they crumbled to 111 all out.
The entire Australian attack bowled well but Coulter-Nile was the pick of the bowlers with two for 21 from his four overs.
England’s ill-fated tour which began way back in October is finally over, and if the truth be told the 12-1 overall score line in all formats has flattered England.
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