White, Bailey Smash Dismal England

George Bailey hits a shot
George Bailey cracked 60 in just 27 balls as Australia hurried to victory
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Australia 131-2 (Bailey 60no, White 57no) beat
England 130-9 (Hazlewood 4-30) by eight wickets
Second Twenty20 International, Melbourne

Swift unbeaten half-centuries from Cameron White and George Bailey finished off an eight-wicket win for Australia in the second Twenty20 International against England in Melbourne.

White's 57 in 45 balls and Bailey's 60 in just 28 came after England had produced a poor display with the bat to post just 130 for nine.

Australia needed just 14.5 overs to race past their modest target and move into an unassailable 2-0 series lead with one game remaining.

Josh Hazlewood had earlier taken four for 30 during a frenetic England innings in which Jos Buttler top scored with a meagre 22.

For White, it was a case of carrying on where he left off in the opening match in Hobart, and this time he cracked nine fours to ensure the loss of Aaron Finch (10) and Glenn Maxwell (2) were not keenly felt.

Bailey, though, was in imperious form and wasted no time in finishing the game off with a flurry of boundaries, helping himself to seven fours and three sixes.

It meant that the recalled Brad Hodge did not get a chance to bat, but he had already played a starring role.

A surprise decision to have him open the bowling may not have paid off but he reacted brilliantly to run out Eoin Morgan for six as England's innings began to unravel.

Alex Hales (16) and Michael Lumb (18) had given them a reasonable start but the batsmen to come seemed intent on playing just as aggressively as their openers.

It didn't work.

Joe Root perished to an even better piece of fielding from Glenn Maxwell, who threw the ball in the process of changing direction while there were some smart catches held, in particular Mitchell Starc under one that swirled around to remove Hales.

Buttler made 22 in 27 - subdued by his own standards - while Bresnan and Stuart Broad made 18 apiece as they tried desperately to get some late runs on the board to give England a chance.

It was too little, too late. Hazlewood emerged as the pick of the bowlers with the wickets of Hales, Lumb, Bresnan and James Tredwell (0), the latter two both bowled at the death.

Leg-spinner James Muirhead impressed once again and earned the wicket of Ravi Bopara (6) to finish with one for 17 from four very tidy overs while there was a wicket apiece for Nathan Coulter-Nile and Starc.

The third and final game is in Sydney on Sunday (2nd February).

© Cricket World 2014

Fixtures & Results

12th January: 1st ODI, M.C.G, Melbourne
AUS 270-4 beat ENG 269-7 by 6 wickets
17th January: 2nd ODI, Gabba, Brisbane
AUS 301-9 beat ENG 300-8 by 1 wicket
19th January: 3rd ODI, S.C.G, Sydney
AUS 244-3 beat ENG 243-9 by 7 wickets
24th January: 4th ODI, WACA, Perth
ENG 316-8 beat AUS 259 by 57 runs
26th January: 5th ODI, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
AUS 217-9 beat ENG 212 by 5 runs
29th January: 1st T20I, Bellerive Oval, Hobart
AUS 213-4 beat ENG 200-9 by 13 runs
31st January: 2nd T20I, M.C.G, Melbourne
AUS 131-2 beat ENG 130-9 by 8 wickets
2nd February: 3rd T20I, ANZ Stadium, Sydney
AUS 195-6 beat ENG 111 by 84 runs

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