Melbourne - Australia continued England's miserable tour with an emphatic
eight-wicket victory to claim the Twenty20 series with a match to spare
at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday.
England only posted 130 for nine after winning the toss and the home side coasted to victory with 5.1 overs left at 131 for two.
George Bailey clubbed an unbeaten 60 off just 28 balls with three sixes
and seven fours, while opener Cameron White continued his magnificent
series with 57 not out off 45 balls.
England will finish their
troubled tour of Australia in Sydney on Sunday in the final dead rubber
T20 game after losing the Ashes 5-0 and the one-day series 4-1.
bowler Josh Hazlewood was named man-of-the-match with career-best T20
figures of four for 30 in England's innings, including two wickets with
his last two balls.
"Australia outplayed us fantastically today.
They held length pretty well and we didn't react to that and the two
needless run-outs hurt us in the middle which cost us getting a decent
score," England skipper Stuart Broad said.
"We need to get some
momentum from somewhere. It's been a long tour, it's been a long 100
days in Australia and it would be nice to finish with a win.
have not (win) a series over here which is heart-breaking for Team
England, but we can finish on a high before we fly two hours later."
Australian captain Bailey said his side's bowlers had set up the win.
Bailey paid credit to Hazlewood and also 20-year-old leg-spinner James Muirhead (1-17 off 4 overs).
"James Muirhead bowled absolutely beautifully," Bailey said.
posted his second successive half-century in his first T20
International series since October 2012 in a follow-up to his 75 in
Wednesday's opening T20 match in Hobart.
England won the toss and
batted but struggled on a slow-paced pitch, with wicketkeeper Jos
Buttler topscoring with 22 off 27 balls.
Opener Michael Lumb was
out for 18 in the fourth over, caught at mid-on, and Luke Wright fell
for a duck in the following over after recalled veteran Brad Hodge took a
great catch at cover.
Left-arm paceman Mitchell Starc held a
difficult chance at third man to remove Alex Hales for 16, as Hazlewood
claimed his second victim.
England lost four wickets in four overs
when the 39-year-old Hodge threw the stumps down from cover to beat the
dive of Eoin Morgan (six).
Australia's fielding was at its
athletic best when Glenn Maxwell at mid-wicket threw to the bowler's end
to run out Joe Root for 18 at 63 for five.
Muirhead enticed Ravi
Bopara (six) to slog/sweep a catch to the leg-side boundary, and Nathan
Coulter-Nile trapped Buttler leg before wicket 96 for seven.
Muirhead and Starc (1-19), in his first international game for the summer, were economical.
Tailenders Tim Bresnan (18) and Broad (18 not out) added a 34-run partnership for the eighth wicket.
Hazlewood bowled Bresnan and James Tredwell (0) with the last two deliveries of the innings.