Australia v England, 3rd T20, Sydney February 2, 2014

Dernbach dies a death

Plays of the day from the third and final T20 international at Stadium Australia

Finish of the day
There are plenty of contenders but Jade Dernbach has made a late claim for the title of England's worst tourist on this three-month trip. As a Twenty20 specialist who bats at No.11, it would be reasonable to expect Dernbach to pick up a few wickets or, failing that, to keep the runs tight. Nope. Dernbach's first two games of the series brought 1 for 50 and 0 for 42; in this game he was looking better with 0 for 23 from three. Then Stuart Broad asked him to bowl the final over. Nearly everything Dernbach delivered was in the slot for George Bailey, who plundered 26. It meant he finished the tour with 1 for 141 from 11 overs at an economy rate of 12.81. As Kerry O'Keeffe tweeted: "If Jade Dernbach is bowling at the death you normally live."

Promotion of the day
Ben Cutting is primarily a bowler but is also renowned as a clean hitter of the ball and Bailey decided to use him as a pinch hitter during the Australia innings. Sent in at No. 4, which meant a demotion for Bailey and Brad Hodge, Cutting showed what he can do, hitting three sixes as he motored along to 29 from 16 balls. It was a gamble that paid off pretty well for the Australians.

Delay of the day
The other matches in this series have started at 7.35pm but this one didn't get under way until 7.40pm. The reason appeared to be that, with the TV ratings season having just started, Channel Nine were keen for as much air time as possible for the new series of The Block, which the TV guide listed as finishing at the very specific time of 7.38pm. For the record, The Block is not a reality show about finding Australia's next Test opening batsman.

Veteran of the day
Brad Hodge was not quite in the thick of the action as much as he was in the field during his comeback match in Melbourne, but this time he at least got to bat. There was a one, a two and an inside edge for four before he was out hooking for 7 off 7 balls from 7 minutes. On the slot machines in Las Vegas, 777 indicates you've hit the jackpot and for Hodge, simply getting the call from national selector John Inverarity for this series provided much the same feeling.

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

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  • Dummy4 on February 2, 2014, 17:10 GMT

    @yorkshire-86 Root is just so unbelievably incompetent in terms of strike rate. I think he is probably playing a game of his own, where you get points for making it easy for the only person in the same postcode to pick the ball up. If this thesis is correct, Root is world class.

  • Paul on February 2, 2014, 16:45 GMT

    @CodandChips: I know what you mean about Prior (especially considering who the selectors chose to take his place), but go back through the Form Book and take a look at Prior's uninterrupted run of failures for Sussex after his run of failures in the 2013 Ashes. Geoff Miller certainly didn't.

  • Dummy4 on February 2, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    Dernbach also rounded his contribution off with the lamest of run outs, especially given he kept running despite his partner's clear call of "no".

  • Jeff on February 2, 2014, 15:23 GMT

    Why all the hate for Root? He was our 2nd top runscorer for the series (to Bopara), and in EVERY game he was 2nd top runscorer of the specialist batsmen (to Bopara, Buttler then Morgan). As for Morgan, he shouldnt be promoted. Morgan is best in the last 6 overs, not the first ten. The biggest worry (apart from why Dernbach was picked) was the complete and utter failure of the 3 T20 specialist batsmen at the top of the order. Considering they are the only 3 players that get regular T20 cricket in the squad, they should have done better. Ashley Giles is a no hoper, both as a player and as a coach. Why did he get the job in the first place?

  • Paulo on February 2, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    Dernbach's career list A economy is over 6. Nuff said.

    @Paul_Somerset disagree on Prior, but would add to that list Tremlett, Bairstow (can't bat or keep), and not giving root a rest.

  • Paul on February 2, 2014, 13:56 GMT

    Surely Broad should be blaming Ashley Giles and the rest of the selectors for lumbering him with Dernbach in the first place.

    The idleness and ignorance of the selectors have been at the root of this disastrous tour. Prior, Panesar, Tremlett, Rankin, Dernbach, Bopara - none would have been chosen by anyone who regularly attended County matches and actually watched these men on the field in the second half of the summer.

    The award of an OBE to Chairman of Selectors Geoff Miller was exquisite timing.

  • Abhay on February 2, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    I am confused as to who the worlds worst bowler is at the moment. It's such a difficult choice between the two leading contenders Jade Dernbach or Ishant Sharma??

  • Richard on February 2, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    Dernbach was a proposition in his first 11 T20 Internationals - 14 wickets at an average of 6.78. Not bad. In the remainder of his career he's gone at 9.51 - stats aren't everything but surely this is enough information we need that he's not cutting it any more - and his death bowler tag has well and truly died a death.

  • Robert on February 2, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    Broad seems to have as much of the captaincy flair as Cook, i.e. ZERO. What gutless captaincy; After getting Australia into a slightly tight position bowls himself well before the death overs, admittedly picking up 2 wickets, but why oh why bowl Dernbach who has been England's worst bowler for the series for the last over?! Surely as the captain and best bowler he should bowl one of the last 2 overs when he knows the batsmen will be going for it. England really were asking George Bailey, a noted 6 hitter to take Dernbach to the cleaners for the last over, which he duly did! Then just stick to the benign batting order as listed, why not shuffle things round a bit, try Morgan at 3 or even Bopara with Stokes at 4 Butler at 5? God help England if Flower accepts the job grooming future leaders, there will be NO FLAIR, no imagination and many more losses. Meanwhile can't wait for the Sth. African series ... Go Australia!

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