Australia v England, 3rd T20, Sydney February 1, 2014

Last stop for broken England

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'England ready to go home for a lie down'

Match Facts

February 2, 2014
Start time 1935 local (0835GMT)

Big Picture

Day 100: the mission continues. Survivors from England's 2013-14 tour of Australia may one day be able to look back and extract some grim humour from the sorry affair. Right now, taking the positives would be taking the proverbial. With one victory in 12 encounters, three crushing series defeats and numerous casualties, England could do with a few weeks in a sensory deprivation tank. Instead, they must countenance one final bout of frenzied competition against a rampant foe.

England's latest loss, more recent than the eight-wicket shellacking at the MCG, was that of their team director, Andy Flower. With the architect gone, the England matrix seems ever more fragile. The attention will now turn to Ashley Giles, the limited-overs coach, who also has the small matter of a World Twenty20 on his mind. Since taking charge of England's pajama cricket at the start of 2012, Giles has overseen six ODI and T20 series defeats, with just two wins, though the Champions Trophy suggested greater potential. A T20 victory to finish the tour would be the smallest of crumbs but England are in need of sustenance.

Australia, of course, are in no mood to offer England anything so much as a cup of tea, let alone sympathy. George Bailey's ruthlessness in sealing the series in Melbourne - smashing 60 off 28 balls to pummel England senseless - extended to denying 39-year-old Brad Hodge, on his first international appearance in six years, a bat in front of his home crowd. The bowlers were superb during England's pitiful thrash and a 3-0 win would seal their rise to sixth in the T20 rankings.

Form guide

(Completed matches, most recent first)

Australia WWLLW
England LLWLL

Watch out for

James Muirhead has less than a dozen senior appearances to his name but, in the last three months, England have faced him five times. His figures across three formats are a very respectable 12 for 337 and the tourists still seem unable to get the measure of Australia's latest legspinning tyro. The 20-year-old gets appreciable turn and also showcased his control and composure at the MCG. Looks to be an exciting bolter ahead of the World T20.

It is easy to ridicule Jade Dernbach - and many do - but he is also one of England's most gifted bowlers in this format. When it goes wrong for him, as it has in the two matches so far (1 for 92 from seven overs), it makes for car-crash viewing but, in the absence of Steven Finn, he remains England's most-likely wicket-taking option, with a strike rate (16.4) that betters Mitchell Johnson, Sunil Narine and Lasith Malinga. He needs to rediscover his mojo, pronto.

Team news

Mitchell Starc made an impressive return from injury in the previous match and will continue working towards top form. There may be a temptation to look at Ben Cutting or Kane Richardson but the batting looks in good nick, with Hodge hoping for a crack in the middle this time.

Australia (possible) 1 Aaron Finch, 2 Cameron White, 3 Brad Hodge, 4 Glenn Maxwell, 5 George Bailey (capt), 6 Chris Lynn, 7 Matthew Wade (wk), 8 Josh Hazlewood/Ben Cutting/Kane Richardson, 9 Nathan Coulter-Nile, 10 Mitchell Starc, 11 James Muirhead.

England probably deployed their first-choice T20 XI, minus Kevin Pietersen, in Melbourne, only for them to produce a truly abysmal performance. The top order failed again and England could try opening with Luke Wright, as he has been doing in the Big Bash. Ben Stokes is surely due a crack and Dernbach's place may also come under pressure from Chris Jordan.

England (possible) 1 Luke Wright, 2 Alex Hales, 3 Joe Root, 4 Eoin Morgan, 5 Ravi Bopara, 6 Jos Buttler (wk), 7 Ben Stokes, 8 Tim Bresnan, 9 Stuart Broad (capt), 10 Jade Dernbach/Chris Jordan, 11 James Tredwell.

Pitch and conditions

Sydney pitches tend to aid spin - but the difference about this one is that it is situated in the Olympic Stadium, home of the Sydney Thunder. A cool, breezy evening should kept everyone interested.

Stats and trivia

  • If England manage to win only their second game on tour, it will return them to No. 6 in the T20 rankings, at the expense of Australia.

  • Stuart Broad became the 13th player to reach 50 caps in T20 internationals in Melbourne.

  • Australia have improved their head-to-head record against England to 6-4 in the current series.

Quotes

"We're going to give them nothing. There's no reason we should let them leave the country with a win. It's another chance for all the boys to show what we've got, and really dominate England again."
Mitchell Starc has not purchased a farewell gift for the tourists

Alan Gardner is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Micky.Panda on February 2, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    What's going on with England team. There seem to be far too many bowlers in the side? 6 wickets down and will be well into the tail. In contrast Australia can bat very deep, even without Faulkner. Australia also has some spin options.

  • muzika_tchaikovskogo on February 2, 2014, 8:31 GMT

    So the torture ends soon for England.

  • BradmanBestEver on February 2, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    Fantastic turn-around performance by Australia all summer. We look forward to an even more comprehensive flogging of the English in the next bout in England, when we will be even stronger, given the excellent young talent the Aussies have uncovered in recent times

  • chechong0114 on February 2, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    As if the ass whipping that the Australians have put on the English was not enough embarrassment during the Australian summer, to further add insult to injury all of their senior team are now in South Africa getting ready to play a test series when the series at home still has one more game to be played, talk about rubbing salt into open wounds.

  • Rahul_78 on February 2, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    Leehmans wish for Broad to cry and go home seems to have come half true for entire English cricket team. A rock at no 3 gone, Arguably worlds best off spinner retired, Vice captain dropped from the playing XI and the Big Boss of the team has caved in. As they say you need to be careful what you wish for.

  • Big-Dog on February 2, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    Maxwell is the most overrated player in T20. He needs to stop listening to his own publicity & start playing some proper cricket strokes.

  • TeamRocker on February 2, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    I think Australia are in a pretty good place, T20 wise, for the world cup. They'll need a spinner in Bangladesh, so Muirhead/O' Keefe can fill in for that role (Looks like Muirhead, though). I'd think they'd want Faulkner at 8, with Paine or Haddin at 7. Finch and Warner to open, followed by White, Bailey, Lynn and Maxwell. Starc and Coulter Nile as the two last pacers.

    Team: Finch, Warner, White, Bailey, Lynn, Maxwell, Haddin/Paine, Faulkner, Coulter Nile, Starc, Muirhead

    I don't see this side giving away too many games...

  • markofcaloundra on February 2, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    Am enjoying Australia's dominance, but seriously other than T20 think Maxwell is massively over rated... is a regular No Show... spends way too much time playing flashy reverses... should try play cricket shots like a Finch... want to see him make substantial innings in one day and fc cricket.. not flashy 15-30.Otherwise.. Australia's T20 and One day sides look pretty well set now..hope the Test side surprises us again with big result over there.

  • Micky.Panda on February 2, 2014, 6:32 GMT

    @SaketG. Once you have stand out all rounders in Watson, Faulkner & Maxwell (Christian a backup), you only need 3 other bowlers, and hopefully some of those can bat too, e.g. a Cutting. Yes specialist spinners like Muirhead, Hogg, and Lyon to pick one or two from. Don't need any fast bowlers that are a touch wayward in Bangladesh. So question is which fast bowler would be the best? Ryan Harris would come close I reckon (and can bat a bit), or Bird. So not so interested in Johnson, Nile, Starc, McKay unless they can prove high accuracy for bowling Yorkers at the death. Is Wade the best WK? I doubt it. Haddin or Paine? Blessed with batting talent. Choose just 4 (to make 11) from Finch, Warner, Hodge, White, Bailey, Lynn. Some rotation to find out who handles spin the best. Run rates and economy rates are the key factors, for a team to keep winning (as in Melb Stars). The right Aussie team that plays well against spin could win it.

  • dalboy12 on February 2, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    So this is the future of cricket when the big 3 take over? A way too long tour of England by Aussie, followed by a way too long tour of Aussie by England - and in-between a pointless 7 game ODI series between India and Aussie. I think it shows that these three countries need the others or cricket is going to suffer. I mean it was a joke here in NZ how some English reporters following the tour had to go home because their 90 day visas have run out in Australia. Maybe when the three get control they could organise an Aussie tour of India - 5 Tests, 7 ODIS and then best of 15 T20's.

  • Micky.Panda on February 2, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    What's going on with England team. There seem to be far too many bowlers in the side? 6 wickets down and will be well into the tail. In contrast Australia can bat very deep, even without Faulkner. Australia also has some spin options.

  • muzika_tchaikovskogo on February 2, 2014, 8:31 GMT

    So the torture ends soon for England.

  • BradmanBestEver on February 2, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    Fantastic turn-around performance by Australia all summer. We look forward to an even more comprehensive flogging of the English in the next bout in England, when we will be even stronger, given the excellent young talent the Aussies have uncovered in recent times

  • chechong0114 on February 2, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    As if the ass whipping that the Australians have put on the English was not enough embarrassment during the Australian summer, to further add insult to injury all of their senior team are now in South Africa getting ready to play a test series when the series at home still has one more game to be played, talk about rubbing salt into open wounds.

  • Rahul_78 on February 2, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    Leehmans wish for Broad to cry and go home seems to have come half true for entire English cricket team. A rock at no 3 gone, Arguably worlds best off spinner retired, Vice captain dropped from the playing XI and the Big Boss of the team has caved in. As they say you need to be careful what you wish for.

  • Big-Dog on February 2, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    Maxwell is the most overrated player in T20. He needs to stop listening to his own publicity & start playing some proper cricket strokes.

  • TeamRocker on February 2, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    I think Australia are in a pretty good place, T20 wise, for the world cup. They'll need a spinner in Bangladesh, so Muirhead/O' Keefe can fill in for that role (Looks like Muirhead, though). I'd think they'd want Faulkner at 8, with Paine or Haddin at 7. Finch and Warner to open, followed by White, Bailey, Lynn and Maxwell. Starc and Coulter Nile as the two last pacers.

    Team: Finch, Warner, White, Bailey, Lynn, Maxwell, Haddin/Paine, Faulkner, Coulter Nile, Starc, Muirhead

    I don't see this side giving away too many games...

  • markofcaloundra on February 2, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    Am enjoying Australia's dominance, but seriously other than T20 think Maxwell is massively over rated... is a regular No Show... spends way too much time playing flashy reverses... should try play cricket shots like a Finch... want to see him make substantial innings in one day and fc cricket.. not flashy 15-30.Otherwise.. Australia's T20 and One day sides look pretty well set now..hope the Test side surprises us again with big result over there.

  • Micky.Panda on February 2, 2014, 6:32 GMT

    @SaketG. Once you have stand out all rounders in Watson, Faulkner & Maxwell (Christian a backup), you only need 3 other bowlers, and hopefully some of those can bat too, e.g. a Cutting. Yes specialist spinners like Muirhead, Hogg, and Lyon to pick one or two from. Don't need any fast bowlers that are a touch wayward in Bangladesh. So question is which fast bowler would be the best? Ryan Harris would come close I reckon (and can bat a bit), or Bird. So not so interested in Johnson, Nile, Starc, McKay unless they can prove high accuracy for bowling Yorkers at the death. Is Wade the best WK? I doubt it. Haddin or Paine? Blessed with batting talent. Choose just 4 (to make 11) from Finch, Warner, Hodge, White, Bailey, Lynn. Some rotation to find out who handles spin the best. Run rates and economy rates are the key factors, for a team to keep winning (as in Melb Stars). The right Aussie team that plays well against spin could win it.

  • dalboy12 on February 2, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    So this is the future of cricket when the big 3 take over? A way too long tour of England by Aussie, followed by a way too long tour of Aussie by England - and in-between a pointless 7 game ODI series between India and Aussie. I think it shows that these three countries need the others or cricket is going to suffer. I mean it was a joke here in NZ how some English reporters following the tour had to go home because their 90 day visas have run out in Australia. Maybe when the three get control they could organise an Aussie tour of India - 5 Tests, 7 ODIS and then best of 15 T20's.

  • on February 2, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    my aus 11 for world cup t20 finch, warner, watson, smith, bailey, Maxwell , haddin faulkner, coulternile, johnson, starc and lynn,white,hodge,Doherty

  • on February 2, 2014, 1:38 GMT

    to defend the ashes the same year. as they were won. tall. order

  • VivGilchrist on February 2, 2014, 0:20 GMT

    They should give Cutting and Richardson a run at the expense of NCN and Hazelwood. If your going to draft these guys into the squad, they should get a run to show us what they can do. Australia need a good "death bowler" so let's have a look. I honestly can't see the big deal in Hazelwood, he looks like cannon fodder to me. My squad to win the T20 WC (for what it's worth) 1 Warner 2 Finch 3 Watson 4 Bailey 5 Hodge 6 White 7 Haddin 8 Faulkner 9 Johnson 10 Starc 11 Hogg 12 Maxwell + 3 others ( they won't get a run anyway).

  • RJHB on February 1, 2014, 23:05 GMT

    I'm thrilled Muirhead is showing a little. It's time move on X Doherty and sign his papers, he's never been and never will be much of an international player.

  • on February 1, 2014, 22:11 GMT

    Sydney t20 1. Finch 2. White 3. Hodge 4. Bailey 5. Lynn 6. Maxwell 7. Wade 8. Cutting 9. Starc 10. Nile 11. Murihead. Starc could do some damage, Looking forward to Murihead if he can perform well, Maxwell need to keep his wicket and get a big score, intresting to see another big Cutting hitter, hope White will continue his consistency and finally we get to see HODGE batting.

  • on February 1, 2014, 21:02 GMT

    my aus 11 for world cup t20 finch warner watson white bailey Maxwell wade faulkner coulternile johnson starc

  • JG2704 on February 1, 2014, 19:43 GMT

    @donnao on (February 1, 2014, 17:47 GMT) So they just picked Rankin over Finn to deprive Ireland of a bowler whose career will probably have ended by the time Ireland get test status ?

    Yeah that makes loads of sense

  • JG2704 on February 1, 2014, 19:40 GMT

    R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (February 1, 2014, 17:43 GMT) re

    "I wonder will Hodge actually get a bat this time..."

    If he swapped sides he probably would

  • on February 1, 2014, 18:34 GMT

    1 Aaron Finch, 2 David Warner, 3 Shane Watson, 4 Glenn Maxwell, 5 George Bailey (capt), 6 Brad Hodge, 7 Matthew Wade (wk), 8 Nathan Coulter-Nile, 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 M Johnson , 11 Nathan Lyon

    12.Cameron White 13.Chris Lynn 14.Murihead 15.Jackson Bird Maxwell,Hodge & a specialist spinner must be in the playing X1 as the matches are in Bangladesh & they have turning pitches.

  • CodandChips on February 1, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    Describing Jade Dernbach as "gifted" is interesting. Skilful yes but doesnt use it cleverly at all which is why he struggles. Best English death bowler is Napier. Excellent yorkers. Decent pace in small spells. Decent fielder. Wouldnt ask too much of his batting despite the world record and decent first class season.

    Luke Wright is still overrated imo. Hope Bopara gets dropped- one innings in many where he actually scores runs, and when the game had already gone. Still rarely bats well and never finishes chases (bar Dublin).

    Bresnan has had 1 decent bowl per series this tour. Not good enough, especially from a senior player.

    Briggs still looking far from international standard. Who else have we got though? Parry? Graeme White?

  • donnao on February 1, 2014, 17:47 GMT

    england major problem is jealousy,,,,why they select rankin instead of finn,,,,england ruin themself and other cricket team specially ireland future... i support jack wilshere comment on foreign player playing for england....so do you guys..

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on February 1, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    Last chance saloon indeed. Hard to predict anything other than another Aus. win and a 3-0 scoreline regardless of what England try now. If England don't try two spinners here, I doubt they ever will. I wonder will Hodge actually get a bat this time...

  • donnao on February 1, 2014, 17:40 GMT

    please tell me where is pat cummin

  • anton1234 on February 1, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    I think Aussies should drop Maxwell. I am frustrated with his constant reverse sweeping.

  • AussiePhoenix on February 1, 2014, 17:31 GMT

    England should just wear their whites, because it's going to happen. In Melbourne, when it really counted - to keep the series alive, they didn't turn up. If Australia has engraved one simple message into English skulls this summer, it has been this. Do not take us lightly ever again. 3-0

  • jamesbin on February 1, 2014, 17:23 GMT

    my 15 members squad for t20 worldcup. 1)D warner 2)A Finchr 3)S Watson 4)G Bailey(c) 5)C White(vc) 6)G Maxwell 7)C Lynn 8)J Faulkner 9)M Wade (w) 10)M Starc 11)M Johnson

    bench : ben cutting, hodge,murehead/dhourty, coulter-nile

  • on February 1, 2014, 15:22 GMT

    At long last this overblown gluttony of cricket is done with, but no matter, next year they play again... Ugh so over Eng/Aus cricket

  • Cricmaths123 on February 1, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    My best 11 for the World T20 should be:

    1. Finch 2. White 3. Watson 4. Maxwell 5. Bailey 6. Hodge 7. Haddin 8. Faulkner 9. Coulter-Nile 10. Starc 11. Muirhead/Doherty(batting order may change). WOW!! This looks a dangerous side and can surely win the World T20 Championship.

  • on February 1, 2014, 15:05 GMT

    my 15 member squad for t20 wc-

    1)A finch 2)D Warner 3)S Watson 4)G Bailey(c) 5)C White(vc) 6)G Maxwell 7)M Marsh 8)M Wade(wk) 9)J Faulkner 10)M Starc 11)M Johnson

    bench-C Lynn,N Madinson,P Cummins,T Paine.

  • on February 1, 2014, 13:50 GMT

    i hope england can win this.

  • JG2704 on February 1, 2014, 13:50 GMT

    So acc to the team - Ravi's one inns blitz propels him back up above Buttler? Personally I'd rest Root even though he's not done too badly , purely because I think the more defeats he plays in the more baggage he takes into the future Also if there's a little more in it for the spinners they should give Briggs another go in place of Dernbach especially if they're reluctant for Root to bowl any overs.By all means pick Dernbach again but not until he's started doing it again back at home for Surrey. So for me Briggs for Derbach & Stokesfir Root with all the batsmen moving up a slot and either Bopara or Stokes coming in at 6. Lumb's not been great but he has been better than Wright and also you take away the left/right hand combo. One thing (among many) we have to improve upon is keeping the scoreboard ticking over and eliminating the dots.It's almost like our batsmen will hit a boundary and then feel that the work has been done rather than building on it with singles

  • on February 1, 2014, 13:47 GMT

    The Aussies never give anything away and would love to grind England's nose even further into it. If Dernbach is our great white hope, they have every chance of doing so. I'd love to be proved wrong, but somehow don't think I will be.

  • cricketsubh on February 1, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    my wct20 15 member squad warner.watson.berly.finch.white.maxwell.haddin(wk).hodge.stac.countanal.murehead/dhourty.jhoson.lyne.fulkner .

  • rock_kamran on February 1, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    Australia should play cutting and richardson in place of maxwell and hazlewood as maxwell dont look in good touch. The XI should be. 1.White 2.Finch 3.Hodge 4.Baily 5.Lynn 6. Wade 7.Cutting 8.Starc 9.Coulter-nile 10.Richardson 11.Muirhead

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  • rock_kamran on February 1, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    Australia should play cutting and richardson in place of maxwell and hazlewood as maxwell dont look in good touch. The XI should be. 1.White 2.Finch 3.Hodge 4.Baily 5.Lynn 6. Wade 7.Cutting 8.Starc 9.Coulter-nile 10.Richardson 11.Muirhead

  • cricketsubh on February 1, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    my wct20 15 member squad warner.watson.berly.finch.white.maxwell.haddin(wk).hodge.stac.countanal.murehead/dhourty.jhoson.lyne.fulkner .

  • on February 1, 2014, 13:47 GMT

    The Aussies never give anything away and would love to grind England's nose even further into it. If Dernbach is our great white hope, they have every chance of doing so. I'd love to be proved wrong, but somehow don't think I will be.

  • JG2704 on February 1, 2014, 13:50 GMT

    So acc to the team - Ravi's one inns blitz propels him back up above Buttler? Personally I'd rest Root even though he's not done too badly , purely because I think the more defeats he plays in the more baggage he takes into the future Also if there's a little more in it for the spinners they should give Briggs another go in place of Dernbach especially if they're reluctant for Root to bowl any overs.By all means pick Dernbach again but not until he's started doing it again back at home for Surrey. So for me Briggs for Derbach & Stokesfir Root with all the batsmen moving up a slot and either Bopara or Stokes coming in at 6. Lumb's not been great but he has been better than Wright and also you take away the left/right hand combo. One thing (among many) we have to improve upon is keeping the scoreboard ticking over and eliminating the dots.It's almost like our batsmen will hit a boundary and then feel that the work has been done rather than building on it with singles

  • on February 1, 2014, 13:50 GMT

    i hope england can win this.

  • on February 1, 2014, 15:05 GMT

    my 15 member squad for t20 wc-

    1)A finch 2)D Warner 3)S Watson 4)G Bailey(c) 5)C White(vc) 6)G Maxwell 7)M Marsh 8)M Wade(wk) 9)J Faulkner 10)M Starc 11)M Johnson

    bench-C Lynn,N Madinson,P Cummins,T Paine.

  • Cricmaths123 on February 1, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    My best 11 for the World T20 should be:

    1. Finch 2. White 3. Watson 4. Maxwell 5. Bailey 6. Hodge 7. Haddin 8. Faulkner 9. Coulter-Nile 10. Starc 11. Muirhead/Doherty(batting order may change). WOW!! This looks a dangerous side and can surely win the World T20 Championship.

  • on February 1, 2014, 15:22 GMT

    At long last this overblown gluttony of cricket is done with, but no matter, next year they play again... Ugh so over Eng/Aus cricket

  • jamesbin on February 1, 2014, 17:23 GMT

    my 15 members squad for t20 worldcup. 1)D warner 2)A Finchr 3)S Watson 4)G Bailey(c) 5)C White(vc) 6)G Maxwell 7)C Lynn 8)J Faulkner 9)M Wade (w) 10)M Starc 11)M Johnson

    bench : ben cutting, hodge,murehead/dhourty, coulter-nile

  • AussiePhoenix on February 1, 2014, 17:31 GMT

    England should just wear their whites, because it's going to happen. In Melbourne, when it really counted - to keep the series alive, they didn't turn up. If Australia has engraved one simple message into English skulls this summer, it has been this. Do not take us lightly ever again. 3-0