Australia v England, 2nd T20, Melbourne January 31, 2014

Australia crush England to take series

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Australia 2 for 131 (Bailey 60*, White 58*) beat England 9 for 130 (Buttler 22, Hazlewood 4-30) by 8 wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

As Twenty20 wins go, this was comprehensive. So comprehensive that Brad Hodge did not even get to bat in his first international for nearly six years. The Melbourne fans were disappointed at that, but pleased their other Victorian favourite, Cameron White, played a key part in Australia's pulverisation of England. White and George Bailey feasted on England's lacklustre bowling, cruising to the target of 131 in the 15th over with eight wickets in hand.

It meant a third series defeat for England on this tour. It also meant that that for the first time in a long while, Australia were ahead of England on the ICC rankings in all three formats; the teams swapped places after this result, with Australia moving up from eighth to sixth, and England falling from sixth to eighth. They will swap back again if England finish with a win in Sydney on Sunday, but the way they played in Melbourne that seems a distant dream.

Everything Australia did went right in this match, from sharp catches, run-outs and saves in the field to clean striking with the bat. By the time Bailey swept the winning boundary off James Tredwell to finish unbeaten on 60 from a remarkable 28 balls, with White at the other end on 57 from 45, the England players probably just wanted to go home. It was another especially miserable game for Jade Dernbach, whose three overs leaked 42 runs to take his series economy rate to 13.

Tim Bresnan was the only England bowler who looked like restricting Australia, his 1 for 11 from three overs including the lbw of Aaron Finch for 10. The only other wicket for the innings came when Glenn Maxwell, on 2, slogged a catch to deep square leg off Tredwell. But then White, who was fearsomely striking fours right from the start of the innings, was joined by Bailey for a 78-run stand that completed the job and kept Hodge in the rooms.

At least Hodge had featured strongly during the England innings, opening the bowling and being responsible for two dismissals through his excellent work in the field. To a man the Australians were inspired in the field and that sharpness, combined with four wickets to Man of the Match Josh Hazlewood, a highly encouraging return from injury for Mitchell Starc, and the maturity of legspinner James Muirhead restricted England to 9 for 130.

For a while it seemed England would not even reach that high a score; a 34-run partnership between Stuart Broad (18 not out) and Bresnan rescued them from 7 for 96 in the 16th over. Hazlewood finished with 4 for 30 after he took wickets with the last two balls of the innings, Bresnan bowled for 18 walking across his stumps and Tredwell bowled for a golden duck next delivery.

Six batsmen reached double figures but the highest score was Jos Buttler's 22 as none managed to capitalise on their starts, and not a six was hit during the innings. In many cases it was Australia's sharp fielding that caused England their problems and perhaps most surprisingly it was the 39-year-old Hodge who sparked things.

The most remarkable dismissal was that of Eoin Morgan, who was run out by a direct hit from Hodge despite the bat having been grounded in the crease before the stumps were broken. Joe Root's push to cover off the bowling of Maxwell was collected by Hodge and although his throw lacked some of the power he once had, it lost nothing in accuracy.

Morgan, who was on 6 at the time, dived full stretch in an attempt to make his ground at the wicketkeeper's end and his bat seemed to slide over the line before bouncing up and most of the bat was behind the crease but not grounded when the bails came off. The third umpire rightly ruled Morgan out; a reprieve after a batsman makes his ground then lifts off the ground only applies to the feet, not the bat.

Two overs later, another run out hurt England just as much when Root, who was established at the crease on 18, was caught short trying for a second run when Maxwell's speed allowed him to rocket the ball to the bowler White, who whipped off the bails. At 5 for 63, England were in trouble, but more was to follow when Ravi Bopara slogged the impressive young legspinner Muirhead to Maxwell at deep midwicket for 6.

None of England's batsmen managed to really find their rhythm and even Buttler, who struck two fours, was unable to bat on when he was lbw to an offcutter from Nathan Coulter-Nile in the 16th over. The batsman who looked most dangerous was the opener Michael Lumb, who picked up four boundaries during the first two overs of the match - the first over remarkably delivered by Hodge.

But on 18, Lumb skied a very high chance when he tried to clear long-on off Hazlewood and was caught by Coulter-Nile at mid-on. England's shaky start continued in the next over when Hodge's first piece of sharp fielding had its effect: Luke Wright was out for a second-ball duck when his searing drive off Starc was snapped up by Hodge at short cover.

The wickets just kept falling for England, when Alex Hales also made a start - 16 off 13 balls - and then top-edged a high, swirling catch to third man and was well taken by Starc. By that stage, Australia's fielding looked good. It only got better.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • ModernUmpiresPlz on February 1, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    @R_U_4_REAL_NICK Did you really just say that? That's one of the best fingers in my ears, hiding under a rock on mars comments I've ever seen, anywhere.

    Did you not see the mass of commentary during this Ashes tour in Australia where English fans and media were claiming that the pitches were dead, to the pitches were minefields, to the pitches were dead, and so on and so forth, depending on whether England were being bowled out for no runs or Australia were scoring 400+? I'm not denying it happened in during the tour of England, but come on mate, seriously.

  • izzidole on February 1, 2014, 12:42 GMT

    About three weeks ago after watching James Muirhead bowl for the first time in a T20 BBL game commented on cricinfo that I reckon he is one of the finest spinners in the country and was surprised that nobody seemed to consider his potential. I also mentioned that his approach to the wicket was pretty ordinary and will have to improve. No doubt he has looked so impressive in the two T20 games he has played against the poms so far and am sure is going to make a bigger impact in the future as a leg spinner for Australia. As the spin bowling coach I reckon Warne could guide him through his cricketing career as one of the best leg spin bowlers currently in world cricket. I am surprised that there was so much controversy about his playing future and was discarded by Victoria.

  • BradmanBestEver on February 1, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    Broad meant that he was scared that the English batsmen would be pulverized.

    So he is a good soothsayer but he needs to work on his speech delivery ... along with his bowling delivery as a matter of fact

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on February 1, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    @JB77 (post on January 31, 2014, 20:03 GMT): so just who(m) exactly has been making such excuses, and where are they now? I saw much more laughable excuses during the Ashes tour in England. Apparently we have magic pitches that can instantly change depending on which side is batting!

  • Ozzz.z on February 1, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    @Jagger, a wickets a wicket champ. Any ball that takes a wicket is the right ball on that occasion or it wouldn't be a wicket

  • on February 1, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    spex750, the selection of Beer Doherty Hauritz Agar Lyon since we played a wristy (Smith/White!/Casson/McGain) seems to suggest the opposite.

  • JG2704 on February 1, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    @Meety on (January 31, 2014, 13:34 GMT) On a Beach Boys theme , no "Good Vibrations" here in England right now

  • rabbitoh on February 1, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    How about the below for the "England" team Kieswetter, Lumb, Trott, Robson,Pietersen, Morgan,Stokes, Prior, Jordan, Rankin, Dernbach.

  • criccraze on February 1, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    the Aussies team for T20 WC should be (as per batting order) : Finch, Warner, Watto, White, Bailey, Ben Dunk(WK), Maxwell, Faulkner, Cutting/NCN/Hazlewood, Johnson/Starc, Doherty/Lyon with Lynn, Hodge, Smith, Sandhu waiting in the wings. Now this is a deep batting lineup with Mitchy coming in at 10 as considering the subcontinental pitches huge scores would be a must and also 6 regular bowlers along with White's part timers. The only radical change here is putting in Ben Dunk, a tremendous hitter of the ball in place of the overrated and under performing Wade who does not seem any better with the glove while not being the finisher that his role would require. Its time that Aus can stop with the Wade experiment and move back to Paine in the longer format while for the shorter ones Dunk can be an exciting option.

  • on February 1, 2014, 4:05 GMT

    @Meety, not sure what you see in Tredwell, he does nothing but dart in nude balls. England need to throw a bucket load, or more, of money at Dockrell because he's probably the best spin option available to them near term. I just think the Aussies deal with Tredders with a little restraint because they are afraid he'll be dropped!

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on February 1, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    @R_U_4_REAL_NICK Did you really just say that? That's one of the best fingers in my ears, hiding under a rock on mars comments I've ever seen, anywhere.

    Did you not see the mass of commentary during this Ashes tour in Australia where English fans and media were claiming that the pitches were dead, to the pitches were minefields, to the pitches were dead, and so on and so forth, depending on whether England were being bowled out for no runs or Australia were scoring 400+? I'm not denying it happened in during the tour of England, but come on mate, seriously.

  • izzidole on February 1, 2014, 12:42 GMT

    About three weeks ago after watching James Muirhead bowl for the first time in a T20 BBL game commented on cricinfo that I reckon he is one of the finest spinners in the country and was surprised that nobody seemed to consider his potential. I also mentioned that his approach to the wicket was pretty ordinary and will have to improve. No doubt he has looked so impressive in the two T20 games he has played against the poms so far and am sure is going to make a bigger impact in the future as a leg spinner for Australia. As the spin bowling coach I reckon Warne could guide him through his cricketing career as one of the best leg spin bowlers currently in world cricket. I am surprised that there was so much controversy about his playing future and was discarded by Victoria.

  • BradmanBestEver on February 1, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    Broad meant that he was scared that the English batsmen would be pulverized.

    So he is a good soothsayer but he needs to work on his speech delivery ... along with his bowling delivery as a matter of fact

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on February 1, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    @JB77 (post on January 31, 2014, 20:03 GMT): so just who(m) exactly has been making such excuses, and where are they now? I saw much more laughable excuses during the Ashes tour in England. Apparently we have magic pitches that can instantly change depending on which side is batting!

  • Ozzz.z on February 1, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    @Jagger, a wickets a wicket champ. Any ball that takes a wicket is the right ball on that occasion or it wouldn't be a wicket

  • on February 1, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    spex750, the selection of Beer Doherty Hauritz Agar Lyon since we played a wristy (Smith/White!/Casson/McGain) seems to suggest the opposite.

  • JG2704 on February 1, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    @Meety on (January 31, 2014, 13:34 GMT) On a Beach Boys theme , no "Good Vibrations" here in England right now

  • rabbitoh on February 1, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    How about the below for the "England" team Kieswetter, Lumb, Trott, Robson,Pietersen, Morgan,Stokes, Prior, Jordan, Rankin, Dernbach.

  • criccraze on February 1, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    the Aussies team for T20 WC should be (as per batting order) : Finch, Warner, Watto, White, Bailey, Ben Dunk(WK), Maxwell, Faulkner, Cutting/NCN/Hazlewood, Johnson/Starc, Doherty/Lyon with Lynn, Hodge, Smith, Sandhu waiting in the wings. Now this is a deep batting lineup with Mitchy coming in at 10 as considering the subcontinental pitches huge scores would be a must and also 6 regular bowlers along with White's part timers. The only radical change here is putting in Ben Dunk, a tremendous hitter of the ball in place of the overrated and under performing Wade who does not seem any better with the glove while not being the finisher that his role would require. Its time that Aus can stop with the Wade experiment and move back to Paine in the longer format while for the shorter ones Dunk can be an exciting option.

  • on February 1, 2014, 4:05 GMT

    @Meety, not sure what you see in Tredwell, he does nothing but dart in nude balls. England need to throw a bucket load, or more, of money at Dockrell because he's probably the best spin option available to them near term. I just think the Aussies deal with Tredders with a little restraint because they are afraid he'll be dropped!

  • on February 1, 2014, 2:26 GMT

    Where is Jordon? He and Broad are the only two bowlers who are of any quality in the English team. Dernbach is a club level bowler in my opinion. Wrong team selection again.

  • DarrylRod on February 1, 2014, 1:30 GMT

    Why did Broad have to say that England's Batting look scary even before the T20 started? It bewildered me to make a statement without a ball being bowled! England's players still think to highly of themselves even before a match or tournament has started. Therein lies the problem. Praises and awards will come after the tournament not before it!

  • on February 1, 2014, 0:36 GMT

    Some good, factually correct comments on the Morgan dismissal but its time for that law to be modified for the simple reason that to the naked eye, Morgan was clearly in. If a batsmen dives and his bat goes horizontal its going to come up off the ground more often than not. Bottom line is that without TV replays that is 'not out' 100% of the time. Simple modification - once you're in, you're in.

  • Jagger on February 1, 2014, 0:36 GMT

    Hazelwood was nowhere NEAR man of the match. England teed off on him. Same as when Siddle bowls. These two only get wickets because the opposition throw caution to the wind! Here's what happened:

    1st over - caught at mid on from a full bunger. The entire over, every delivery, they were trying to hit it out of the park. 2nd over - a top edge caught at third man. Only one decent ball bowled so far after two overs. Not the wicket ball. 3rd over - brought back when the score is 6 for 92. England are gone. At the same time, Muirhead bowls 4 overs, 1 for 17! 4th over - final over. England 7 wickets down 12 runs off and two wickets - 1st one hits Bresnan's pad a foot outside the off stump and luckily ricochet's onto the wickets. Second wicket of the over, the last ball, tail-ender missed a juicy full one. Poor George!

    Now, I agree bowlers don't get enough MOM's throughout the year but this decision was easily, by the length of the straight, the wrong decision.

  • blabyroad on February 1, 2014, 0:24 GMT

    I agree Vignesh. The bowlers did all the hard work, the batsmen just capitalised on it. Australia, like Pakistan, are lucky when it comes to bowlers. There's never a shortage of them either in the team or waiting to get in.

  • on January 31, 2014, 22:57 GMT

    This was like a match between grownups v kids today. England could bat, bowl or field. Perhaps we need more imports. Isn't that what we normally do? Rather than develop kids with talents from a small age. We kill off talent by not giving opportunities to kids with chance to shine over kids from private schools. Just look at the school cricket in this country! You reap what you sow!

  • spex750 on January 31, 2014, 22:54 GMT

    @cccrider: "He'd do a far better job than Lyon tomorrow."

    No he won't. He bowled well last night but he's far from cooked as a long-form spinner. Against a good side, on an unfriendly wicket, he'll get smashed around the park and then what? You've ruined a very good long-term spinning prospect for no reason.

    The "pick 'im young and let him develop" approach worked with Warne because that was a mature side better able to carry him and, well, it was Warne. Too risky with Muirhead. Better to give him a few years while you still have Lyon in there doing a job (and doing it well).

    Of course, none of this matters when we seem to have a pathological distrust of finger-spinners in this country. If they're not turning it square on day 2, we're just not interested (irrespective of whether they're actually taking wickets or helping others to do the same).

  • JB77 on January 31, 2014, 20:03 GMT

    My favourite thing about this tour has been watching English excuses evaporate: We'll smash you in the Ashes! 5-0 loss. Oh well, we had some key injuries and we were tired. Anyway, the team who wins the Ashes never wins the one-day series. We've got this. 4-1 loss. Oh well, some of our key players went home and the rest are still really tired. Anyway, we're quite good at T20 and Cook isn't the captain. Plus you silly Australians have let our boys practice in the Big Bash. 2-? loss. Perhaps Britannia doesn't rule quite as much as she thought she did.

  • steve48 on January 31, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    Pieterson in for Lumb, Morgan up to 4, Stokes in for Ravi, and anyone for Dernbach! Only problem then is Root, not sure he can score quickly enough, but with Morgan and Buttler either side of him, might work at 5, plus could be a bowling option, which England top order is short of; 7 bowling options is used a lot in IPL just to keep batsmen guessing.

  • on January 31, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    I never quite understand why Eng never take the one day game seriously..be it 50 or 20 over cricket....they tend to make bizarre selections and tend to stick with them..with the T20 wc couple of months away they should have taken these three games seriously and should have fielded a lineup that would have featured inn the wc. I mean seriously...Joe root and Jade Dernbach?As an Indian i feel JAde Dernbach has overtaken Ishanth Sharma as the most incompetent bowler to have been given multiple chances despite failing so miserably.And why are KP and Stokes not doin in the T20 side?I understand resting KP for the ODI series but surely he should have played T20. My XI for the T20 wc(which surely Eng wont select as they are gonna stick with the same XI) 1.hales 2.carberry 3.KP 4.morgan 5.stokes 6.wright 7.buttler 8.woakes/napier 9.broad 10.tredwell/panesar 11.rankin/bresnan

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on January 31, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    @ABKhanISB (post on January 31, 2014, 15:29 GMT): yes but that same ranking system has none other than Jade Dernbach listed as the seventh best bowler in T20's, so really makes one wonder at their validity doesn't it...

  • AussiePhoenix on January 31, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    I'm absolutely loving this. Gold all the way. No wonder Lehman looked furious when we lost the Perth ODI, this could have been a triple series whitewash! Sure England had some bad luck in this match, but 4 wickets down before Morgan's runout meant they got themselves in a mess anyway. And Maxwell's runout - legendary. I do feel for the England supporters - what did they do to deserve Dernbach and Tredwell. Laughable.

  • ABKhanISB on January 31, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    I was just checking the T20 ranking and England is below all test playing nations except Bangladesh and from the ratings it looks like soon Ireland which is very talented team indeed is going to cross them and only then rating will depict somehow correct picture of current standings

  • Micky.Panda on January 31, 2014, 15:07 GMT

    Hazlewood Man of the Match? Bit of a joke. He got the lucky wickets. I will agree he bowled quite well at the death. Muirhead was far more economical. White was damn hot. Bailey also made it look easy. Its bowling economy rates and batting run rates that matter most. England had no luck at all, but White put the match very quickly out of reach for England to have even a small chance.

  • David_Boon on January 31, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    Does anyone know what Dernbach and White were up to at the end? Dernbach looked fired up, I would love to know what it was about. Seemed quite unusual to see a guy go off like that when his team had just been crushed, no thanks to his terrible bowling.

  • jay_vkjay on January 31, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    Australia got a strong T20 side. They are hot favourites in upcoming World T20 on Bangladesh.

  • mensan on January 31, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    The sooner ENG can fotget this horror tour, the better for them.

  • on January 31, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    Australian bowlers shot out England for 130, and yet the headline gives credit to White and Bailey.. hmm The game is so much biased towards batsmen..

  • on January 31, 2014, 13:54 GMT

    So Australia completes 900 wins in the International Arena, 217 came off England :)

  • Robert1612 on January 31, 2014, 13:46 GMT

    Really good effort by Australia, but think the batting order should have been swapped re: Hodge at 3 and Maxwell at 5/6. Not sure the "Big Show" should EVER bat at 3 in any format ... 5 perhaps in T20s and definitely 6 in ODIs; let the real batsmen come in first please! Having said that Australia's batting line-up looks pretty darn good for the T20WC in Bangladesh. Surely White has to be picked, probably at 3, with Finch and Warner to open, then Watson, Bailey Maxwell and any one of Hodge, Lynn Christian as reserve batters. Add Haddin - please no more of Wade (worst keeper in Australia), Faulkner, Johnson (to hurry up opposition batsmen), and either Bird, Coulter-Nile, Cutting or Hazelwood plus a spinner ... wow what a side! Hoping for Australia to bat first at the SCG and rattle up a huge score and send England home with their tail between their legs!

  • Meety on January 31, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    @JG2704 on (January 31, 2014, 12:36 GMT) - from about Adelaide onwards, whenever I thought of the England cricket team (& poor old Cook in particular), I think of that Beach Boys song that goes "I wanna go home, let me go home, this is the worst trip I ever been on"! Almost impossible - but they just need to write the whole tour off & pretend it never happennned (works for Indian fans)! In the Short Forms - I have been surprised at how poor Tredwell has been (his economy has been reasonable). I rated him as an ODI bowler, he has looked 2nd rate. One match to go, I won't write England's chances of winning off - as we all know 20/20 anything can happen - but I have a feeling that the final game could be even worse!

  • Meety on January 31, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    @cccrider on (January 31, 2014, 12:40 GMT) "....He'd do a far better job than Lyon tomorrow...." Lyon is currently ranked within the top bowlers in Tests! Not bad for a bloke that bowls in unfriendly spin conditions. @ModernUmpiresPlz on (January 31, 2014, 10:28 GMT) - agree 100%. Oz selectors want a leggie sooner rather than later. That said - talking up a young leggie who has played 2 FC matches is too much. He shouldn't be even mentioned in the same breathe as the Test team. Also agree with your comments re: pressure, sounds like cc-rider has a crush.

  • madhurajay on January 31, 2014, 13:16 GMT

    Oh God!!! White is getting dangerous and dangerous

  • RVC-38 on January 31, 2014, 13:16 GMT

    If OUR team could live up to THEIR potential... Warner, Hughes, Watson, Clarke, Smith, Lynn, Maddinson, Paine, Haddin, Johnson, Harris, Bird, Muirhead Cutting, NCN, Faulkner, Bailey, Maxwell, Finch, White, Voges, Starc, Lyon, Muirhead, Cummins, Patinson could be just a few to build the Australian team around in all 4 formats (just in case THEY dominate and some nation invents a new format)

  • azzaman333 on January 31, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    Hazlewood wasn't even one of the best 3 bowlers in the match, let alone the man of the match. Should've been White or Bailey.

  • BRUTALANALYST on January 31, 2014, 13:05 GMT

    As mentioned before Giles is clueless and the selection was a joke ! Surely this has to be the end of Lumb & Derbach now. Lumb/Hales cannot hit down the ground to save their lives this is why I rate Carberry/Kiesy ahead of them and likely why they consistently outscore them in the County game. Trent Bridge has 1 of the smallest square boundaries so that helps them allot but you see out in Aus how ineffective they have been not just last 2 but also during the Big Bash. Hales gets let off due to his superior hitting but Lumb never goes big he is also a total liability in the field so slow in the outfield another area Carberry outperforms him. Root also struggles to dominate and hit down the ground should focus on the longer forms. Willey/Napier have to replace Derbach or at least give Jordan a go an KP replaces Wright.

    The best 11 for W.I & the T20World Cup is 1.Hales 2.Carberry 3.KP 4.Morgs 5.Kieswetter 6.Butler 7.Stokes/Bopara 8.Napier 9.Willey 10.Broad 11.Spinner or other bowler.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on January 31, 2014, 13:05 GMT

    @ccrider, Lyon is great. Didn't you see his 'zooter' ball constantly tear England apart? @Henry_Crumbs, you think Nelbourbe is an ugly city surrounded by a swamp? I know your tour has been disastrous, I mean truly abysmal and you've no longer any reason to be proud of being an English cricket fan but all you have left is to call our cities ugly? I hope your aren't doing so from a city in England lol!

  • AMMAR3438668158 on January 31, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    CONGRATS TO AUSSIES.my team win all three formats.i disappoint for hodge because he did not bat but on sunday i will see hodge for bat.best of luck aussies for t20 whitewash.

  • ScottStevo on January 31, 2014, 12:58 GMT

    @one-eyed-but-keepinitreal, I have no idea why there's any contention over Morgan's dismissal. As you've stated, the laws there are very clear with relatively no ambiguity; and it was an easy decision for the 3rd umpire. Also, I was going to mention the same thing re Hazlewood's last delivery! Not sure I care too much for the ladies scoring system, but that's a huge differential! I think 5-0, 4-1 and 2-0 tell the story well enough anyway.

  • Bernadino on January 31, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    Another comprehensive Aussie win. Another shambolic performance from England. Can't see ant redeeming features for England in this latest performance. 'Nuff said.

  • BradmanBestEver on January 31, 2014, 12:50 GMT

    My goodness gracious me this Aus-Eng summer has seen a total and complete obliteration of English cricket by Australia. What a massacre it has been. A complete belting. A most one-sided affair

  • cccrider on January 31, 2014, 12:40 GMT

    Mod.ump, no need to gild the lily (I'm being polite). Muirhead did not bowl as you say. Half his balls duds? What arrant nonsense! And you can't counter his performance. He got 6 wickets vs poms in the 4 day tour match! On a Bellerive Road with one Aus A bowler down and poms 0/250 in first innings! Of course he's up to it! You are entitled to your own view, but not to your own facts. He'd do a far better job than Lyon tomorrow, but I'm prepared to give him 18 months.

  • BRUTALANALYST on January 31, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    It was amazing Broad was made T20 captain when he doesn't even play it domestically or in the IPL his T20 experience is very limited his "Scary" comment also shows how out the loop he is when as previously mentioned all the other top 7 AUS, W.I, NZ, IND, S.A, PAK & S.L all have more fearsome top orders in this format.

  • JG2704 on January 31, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    Well played Australia , abysmal by England.

    Starc was superb on return and we couldn't get the scoreboard moving in the middle overs.I've bigged up Buttler on many an occasion but I've never seen him look so bogged down as I did today and while it was decent bowling I've seen him deal with tight bowling better than this. Morgan was very unlucky that his bat bounced up. Re Root's run out - when looking on the replay Root seemed to be running almost diagonally away from the strip which looked really bizzarre and I wonder if running in a straight line on the edge of the wicket may have made a difference.Wright out 1st ball -decent catch/ maybe a poor choice of shot Ravi reverting to type and another thing I noticed was that if our openers weren't finding the boundary the scoreboard was static. Bres was the only English guy who came out with any credit. I've never said a player should never play for Eng again but I think Dernbach should be away from the set up for a long time

  • RogTas on January 31, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    Sorry one-eyed-but-keepinitreal but the commentators had it right with regards to the run out. Check out Law 29(1)(b). It specifically refers to grounding the foot. Nothing about the bat.

  • BRUTALANALYST on January 31, 2014, 12:33 GMT

    There's absolutely nothing scary about Lumb Wright and Root in the international game ! Australia, West Indies, New Zealand, South Africa, India and even Pakistan all have far far more fearsome top5's in this format.

  • PrasPunter on January 31, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    @siddhartha87, but this group is highly vulnerable to spin, something the wickets in Bangladesh would aid a lot.

  • Harlequin. on January 31, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    Well first the selection blunders for the test series. Then the whole 'big three' debacle. Now the persistence with Dernbach and Bopara. The ECB are making it extremely difficult to support England at the moment.

  • on January 31, 2014, 12:27 GMT

    @azhar44 - take a bow for your non performing eleven!

  • PrasPunter on January 31, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    Congrats Aussie Boys !! Rooting for 12-1 come Sunday !! Go Aus !!

  • Henry_Crun on January 31, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    @Mitty2 - If I was into petty parochial bullshit as much as you seem to be, and if I was as cynical as I am, I would suggest that the only reason there were so many Vics in the team is that CA knows what draws a crowd to the MCG. What's the difference between Sydney and Melbourne? Sydney is a rather ugly city spread around a beautiful harbour, and Melbourne is a rather ugly city spread around a swamp.

  • on January 31, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    The only England player smiling is Stokes!

  • one-eyed-but-keepinitreal on January 31, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    If the same scoring system were used as in the women's Ashes, the current state of play would read: Australia 42; Enland 2.

  • on January 31, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    @wanatawu

    >>wonder if Flower is gonna survive this.

    He is the Test coach. Nothing to do with the ODI and Twenty20 sides. Still, your point is valid re Tests anyway!

    I like the look of Muirhead. Would love to see a big-turning leggie in the Aussie fold. The next few years should be spent with Warnie, grooming him for the Test arena!

  • one-eyed-but-keepinitreal on January 31, 2014, 12:10 GMT

    ScottStevo, thoroughly agree with your bowling assessment. I thought Starc clearly bowled better at the death. Hazelwood needs to look to his own last delivery and Starc's last over for guidance. His length deliveries at the end have also been cannon fodder during the BBL. Otherwise his bowling has been impressive.

  • Diaz54 on January 31, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    Big 2 playing beautifully...with batting looking very scary? Hopefully big number 3 will found out very soon...!

  • azhar44 on January 31, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    rohitsharma hughes chandimal bopara umarakmal parnell ashwin bresnan best ishant sharma dernbach never performing11

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on January 31, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    @cccrider Under pressure? He came in with England at 4/55. I can remember at least a few full tosses, balls drifting down leg, and a couple of long hops in just 4 overs. He sure can rip the ball but in a test match you need to apply pressure and not let the batsmen turn the strike over. At the moment he simply isn't at that level, and he needs more than 18 months to get there. If we were playing in India I could see him as the second choice within 18 months absolutely, but having faith in him to bowl 30 overs on the trot on a wicket that offers little assistance and to be relied upon to tie down an end as the only spin option in the team? Can't see that happening within 18 months.

  • siddhartha87 on January 31, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    I think Aussies will be strong contenders in WC t20. They now got serious number of big hitters in their squad. Finch,Warner,Watson,White,Bailey,Maxwell,Haddin . Absolute powerhouse!!

  • one-eyed-but-keepinitreal on January 31, 2014, 12:01 GMT

    The laws of cricket do not distinguish between the bat and the feet when determining a run out. If Morgan had placed a foot beyond the crease and then raised it he would still have been run out - unless he raised it to avoid injury. The same would be the case if it was his bat, hand, or head. He was out because he was out of his ground when the wicket was put down even though he had first made his ground because he had not then left his ground to avoid injury. It is pretty clear. I just heard a local commentary team bumble through this rubbish. They manage to manufacture an inconsistency where none existed. Frustrating.

  • on January 31, 2014, 12:01 GMT

    I admit to writing off Muirhead after watching the PMs XI (3 wickets, but interspersed with some utter shite stuff) but he has bowled heaps better in the T20 against the Poms. Definite potential there.

  • RVC-38 on January 31, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    sorry my last comment was for another article

  • on January 31, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    pretty scary batting line up broad... just go home already. Douche.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on January 31, 2014, 11:58 GMT

    Rather a cakewalk for Australia in the end. How selfish of Bailey not to retire out after his 50 to allow Hodge come and hit the winning runs...

    130 was never going to be enough. Abysmal tour for England almost over now, and the sooner they sail/fly back home to lick their wounds the better.

  • PrasPunter on January 31, 2014, 11:54 GMT

    Congrats Aussie Boys on yet-another series victory over the Poms !! Rooting for 12-1 !!

  • on January 31, 2014, 11:54 GMT

    we (england) have been awful... its time for change all round now and build towards the future- we have done it once we can do it again.... hats off to Australia (said through gritted teeth)

  • shanosV8 on January 31, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    yes Stu Broad ... ENG batting line up is "scary" ... as in "scary BAD" ... scary "HOPELESS" ... just like the ENG bowling and fielding. Its all totally "scary".

  • on January 31, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    this is the future no 1 t20 team

  • on January 31, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    Well the shadow australian team has this time thrashed the englishmen again with their 'scary' batting line up..well done kangaroos..

  • ScottStevo on January 31, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    A great comeback for Starc today, he bowled beautifully. Muirhead was outstanding today too. Early days for the young spinner, but he looks like he's got a bright future ahead of him. Not sure of Hazlewood taking the last over. He has to learn that he can't bowl length deliveries as they'll more likely than not find the ropes, even when bowling against bowling all-rounders. He need only have watched the previous over bowled by Starc for guidance on how to bowl death overs. Not sure he's man of the match either. Both Starc and Muirhead bowled better than he did, but he bowled well enough, barring his last over. Top knock again from White well supported from Bailey too.

  • RVC-38 on January 31, 2014, 11:42 GMT

    You can hit a ball with no technique, but 3 strikes and your out.

  • on January 31, 2014, 11:41 GMT

    Congrats AUS. I wonder if the BIG 3 means who can lose the best. Its a toss up between ENG & IND at the moment and the year just started. Fun times ahead. Who said cricket is boring? Tune in again for more Days of our Lives :)

  • on January 31, 2014, 11:41 GMT

    As an Aussie, I am starting to feel really embarrassed for England here. Australia has such an embarrassment of riches in the short forms. The youth like Muirhead and Lynn show such incredible control and talent while the veteran players like Hodge (the most successful T20 player in history) stand by to take the game away from the opponent. Again, you could do a lot worse than to make a punt on Aus reaching the final of the World T20.

  • InfiniteWhite on January 31, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    Australian batting line-up looks scary.

  • amfas on January 31, 2014, 11:38 GMT

    England's T20 batting line-up 'scary' - Broad. Bold statement Stuart!! You need to back up big statements, with big showings on field. My how the cricket tides change so dramatically in such a short period of time......

  • wanatawu on January 31, 2014, 11:34 GMT

    Great win by the Ozzies 11-1 vs England. This is really a tour from hell, wonder if Flower is gonna survive this.

  • on January 31, 2014, 11:20 GMT

    what is it exactly that dernbach gives to this England side?

  • cccrider on January 31, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    Mod.ump - Age doesn't matter. I don't know if you watched the same match, but Muirhead bowled magnificently under pressure tonight. He'll be more than good enough in 18 months. He got 6 wickets vs poms in tour match - which is better than hapless Lyon in 4 out of 5 tests this summer. And as for Lyon - you reckon he has control! He's lucky to bowl on the same side of the pitch from one ball to another. Poor judgment.

  • Mitty2 on January 31, 2014, 11:14 GMT

    Why did Bailey go above Hodge? Irony in being 'dropped' down the batting order

    If, and when we win this match we will go above England in the rankings for t20 - which means that we will be above them in ALL formats. Been a while su=ince that was the case. Impossible to have a more successful tour - 11-1, lol.

  • on January 31, 2014, 11:08 GMT

    how is England one of the big three again. and also India just now have lost 4 nil to 8th ranked side new Zealand.

  • jb633 on January 31, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    I actually feel sorry for any fan who has paid good money to watch this sporting debacle. Pathetic yet again.

  • RVC-38 on January 31, 2014, 10:55 GMT

    Another potential world class spinner to go with the abundance of medium pace and fast bowling in the Australian domestic competition, has Australia's bowling stocks ever looked this exciting? I know that is an outrageous statement but I am not young.

  • jb633 on January 31, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    If nobody is sacked following this tour I am going to stop watching English cricket. Period

  • Poholiyadda on January 31, 2014, 10:49 GMT

    Alex Hales sums up the ICC ranking method.

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on January 31, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    @cccrider No chance, he has a lot more than 18 months worth of learning to do before he's test quality. Say what you want about Lyon but he rips the ball and has good control. If you think Muirhead has good control based on this performance you're kidding yourself. Prodigious spin, yes, tons of bad balls, also yes. Lots of the balls that beat the edge wouldn't even be played at in a test match, if it was a test you would say he was all over the shop to bowl that many bad deliveries in 4 overs. That said, I agree that he'll be our next test spinner, loads of talent, 4-5 years in shield and he should be good to go.

  • AidanFX on January 31, 2014, 10:27 GMT

    Well nice to see Starc return with good rhythm, accuracy and decent pace.

    James Muirhead: I know we are merely talking 20/20 but that is some of the best legspin bowling I have seen since Warne. Usually a young leggy of about 20 cannot land the ball that accurately that frequently. Generally legspinners have the caricature that they bowl at least one dragged down short ball or full toss an over (excepting Warne). Even McGill who was a very good bowler was a bit like that. But Muirhead landed about every ball. It was brilliant control. Early days I know, four overs only (so more sustained overs would show more) but it is still impressive. And to avoid being hit out the park on just one occasion was a great effort.

  • on January 31, 2014, 10:25 GMT

    out of 130 runs 90 were 4's !! That means this mighty rabble of a team scored 40 runs in the remaining 109 balls. And this being a 20/20 match. It's no wonder none of them bar a few play IPL. They should give the crowd their money back. A truly English performance. Go home and don't come back.

  • disco_bob on January 31, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    You know it's bad when the bbc commentators are whinging that the law should be changed regarding Morgan's run out.

  • AnthonyMD on January 31, 2014, 10:22 GMT

    I agree @ccrider, young Muirhead is the most exciting thing I've seen in quite a while in regards to Australian cricket. He gives it a fair rip and mixes it up a bit as well. Test cricket beckons, sooner rather than later I'd suggest.

  • BradmanBestEver on January 31, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    Muirhead looks the goods. Let us not rush the lad. He needs > 10 Shield games under his belt to prove himself

  • Lord_mac on January 31, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    So who in the England selection team thinks that Dernbach is a better option than Stokes?

    The Aussies keep selecting more and more fringe players and England get worse and worse.

  • cccrider on January 31, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    Wade is awful, who could pick him?

  • Mitty2 on January 31, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    Ah loving this Victorian dominated line up. Glad to see CA do what is practically an apology to Hodgey, it's virtually a tribute match and love to see Hodgey all his unused talent on the international stage. Those who say it's a money grab are too cynical :)

    James Muirhead has played against England four times during the tour: He's taken 1-17, 1-34, 1-33, 0-20, 4-115 & 2-66. Something about the Vics

  • on January 31, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    Good to see hodgee

  • StarveTheLizard on January 31, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    One drop from the Australians. Overall, however, the fielding is crisp. I can't see England winning this.

  • cccrider on January 31, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    I look forward to Muirhead replacing (non) spinner sprayer Lyon in the test team within 18 months.

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  • cccrider on January 31, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    I look forward to Muirhead replacing (non) spinner sprayer Lyon in the test team within 18 months.

  • StarveTheLizard on January 31, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    One drop from the Australians. Overall, however, the fielding is crisp. I can't see England winning this.

  • on January 31, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    Good to see hodgee

  • Mitty2 on January 31, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    Ah loving this Victorian dominated line up. Glad to see CA do what is practically an apology to Hodgey, it's virtually a tribute match and love to see Hodgey all his unused talent on the international stage. Those who say it's a money grab are too cynical :)

    James Muirhead has played against England four times during the tour: He's taken 1-17, 1-34, 1-33, 0-20, 4-115 & 2-66. Something about the Vics

  • cccrider on January 31, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    Wade is awful, who could pick him?

  • Lord_mac on January 31, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    So who in the England selection team thinks that Dernbach is a better option than Stokes?

    The Aussies keep selecting more and more fringe players and England get worse and worse.

  • BradmanBestEver on January 31, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    Muirhead looks the goods. Let us not rush the lad. He needs > 10 Shield games under his belt to prove himself

  • AnthonyMD on January 31, 2014, 10:22 GMT

    I agree @ccrider, young Muirhead is the most exciting thing I've seen in quite a while in regards to Australian cricket. He gives it a fair rip and mixes it up a bit as well. Test cricket beckons, sooner rather than later I'd suggest.

  • disco_bob on January 31, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    You know it's bad when the bbc commentators are whinging that the law should be changed regarding Morgan's run out.

  • on January 31, 2014, 10:25 GMT

    out of 130 runs 90 were 4's !! That means this mighty rabble of a team scored 40 runs in the remaining 109 balls. And this being a 20/20 match. It's no wonder none of them bar a few play IPL. They should give the crowd their money back. A truly English performance. Go home and don't come back.