England tour of Australia, 2nd T20I: Australia v England at Melbourne, Jan 31, 2014
Australia won by 8 wickets (with 31 balls remaining)
31 January 2014 - night match (20-over match)

Out come the players, down the red carpet in fact. Gorgeous sunny evening at the G, around 60,000 in the ground too. Brad Hodge to open the bowling!! Alex Hales on strike...

7.25pm Jade Dernbach still in the England side, he keeps being given these opportunities. No surprise Briggs is out - I don't rate him at all in international cricket. But they're batting first today and we'll see if their gun players can deliver with the bat, there were too many failures in Hobart...and yet the still scored 200.

7.15pm So what about it eh? A 39-year-old returns to the Australian line up. But his record in T20 is superb and why not have a guy bang in form in the side? An outside bet for Bangladesh too perhaps?

Sakush: "Finally the selectors make a decision they should have made ages ago! Hodge has captained Barisal Burners and is top scorer in the history of the league with 756 runs and has experience of playing all over Bangladesh will help the team a lot! Although Lynn, Dunk etc have had a decent Big Bash, a big question remains whether they can cut it in Bangladesh! Hodge will be a much safer bet in Bangladesh."

Let's get to the toss...up goes the coin, Stuart Broad calls tails, it lands correctly and England will bat first. Broad is slightly relieved that the boundaries are a touch larger here. Broad's 50th T20 for England - the first player to bring up the landmark for England. One change, James Tredwell replaces Briggs.

England 1 Michael Lumb, 2 Alex Hales, 3 Luke Wright, 4 Joe Root, 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Jos Buttler (wkt), 7 Ravi Bopara, 8 Tim Bresnan, 9 Stuart Broad (capt), 10 Jade Dernbach, 11 James Tredwell.

George Bailey would have batted too and he confirms the return of Brad Hodge after 2,075 days! Mitchell Starc is also back after a long time having suffered with injury.

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

7pm Hello everyone, Alex Winter checking in for the second T20 between Australia and England from Melbourne, where the hosts are hoping to complete a sweep of all three series on this tour. It was the same old story in Hobart, different format but more Aussie dominance and now the hosts can inflict more misery on the beleagured tourists.


Hodge to Hales, 1 run, around the wicket, leg stump, clipped out to deep midwicket


Hodge to Lumb, no run, length on the stumps, forward and blocked up the wicket


Hodge to Lumb, no run, swept from outside off but finds square leg, sharp save


Hodge to Lumb, FOUR, too short and cut away through cover point


Hodge to Lumb, FOUR, swept from middle and leg and this time gets it backward of square, well struck


Hodge to Lumb, 1 run, fuller length and clipped out to deep midwicket

Not the best start for the 39-year-old...

End of over 1 (10 runs) England 10/0 (RR: 10.00)

    • MJ Lumb 9 (5b 2x4)
    • AD Hales 1 (1b)
    • BJ Hodge 1-0-10-0

From the other end it's Nathan Coulter-Nile...


Coulter-Nile to Lumb, no run, leg stump line and Lumb lets it hit his thigh pad, very strange


Coulter-Nile to Lumb, no run, full length, bit of inswing onto the stumps, Lumb punches up to mid-off


Coulter-Nile to Lumb, no run, shorter length, strikes the body as Lumb looks to play to leg


Coulter-Nile to Lumb, FOUR, too short and wide and Lumb slaps it over point, reasonably well struck


Coulter-Nile to Lumb, FOUR, little short again and Lumb powers a pull wide of mid-on, a short-arm bash from just outside off


Coulter-Nile to Lumb, no run, full and wide, driven at but misses

Good start for England...

End of over 2 (8 runs) England 18/0 (RR: 9.00)

    • MJ Lumb 17 (11b 4x4)
    • AD Hales 1 (1b)
    • NM Coulter-Nile 1-0-8-0
    • BJ Hodge 1-0-10-0

Mitchell Starc onto bowl in his first competitive game for five months...


Starc to Hales, 1 run, good length sliding across off stump, Hales drives and a fumble at point gives them a single


Starc to Lumb, no run, full and some swing, pushed at outside off and gets a thick inside edge to midwicket


Starc to Lumb, 1 run, excellent full length on off stump, dug out towards mid-on and they race a single


Starc to Hales, no run, full length and firmly driven, gets a thick outside edge to gully and Maxwell puts it down that is a simple chance, straight to him


Starc to Hales, no run, full and some inswing into the pads, Hales misses trying to flick to leg


Starc to Hales, FOUR, full length just outside off, Hales swings it wide of mid-on, the 39-year-old gives chase and could have done much better there, his slide is not in time

End of over 3 (6 runs) England 24/0 (RR: 8.00)

    • AD Hales 6 (5b 1x4)
    • MJ Lumb 18 (13b 4x4)
    • MA Starc 1-0-6-0
    • NM Coulter-Nile 1-0-8-0

Fourth change, it's Josh Hazelwood is on...


Hazlewood to Lumb, no run, down the wicket and swings at a length ball just outside off, gets a toe-end that runs to slip in the end


Hazlewood to Lumb, OUT, full length on off stump, Lumb tries to heave over the leg side but puts it straight up in the air and mid-on takes a solid catch. Lively from Lumb but he's totally miscued that trying to pick a ball up over the leg side

MJ Lumb c Coulter-Nile b Hazlewood 18 (14m 15b 4x4 0x6) SR: 120.00


Hazlewood to Hales, FOUR, short of a length, pulled hard and beats deep-square leg, well timed


Hazlewood to Hales, 2 runs, fuller length, worked with the angle wide of short long leg but not enough on it for any more than a couple


Hazlewood to Hales, no run, full length outside off, Hales scythes it to cover point


Hazlewood to Hales, no run, down the track and a wild swing towards the leg side misses

End of over 4 (6 runs) England 30/1 (RR: 7.50)

    • AD Hales 12 (9b 2x4)
    • LJ Wright 0 (0b)
    • JR Hazlewood 1-0-6-1
    • MA Starc 1-0-6-0

Starc to Wright, no run, full length a foot wide of off stump, Wright drives and misses completely


Starc to Wright, OUT, full length wide of off stump again, Wright smashes it into the off side and Hodge takes a blinding catch diving down to his right, fabulous take and Wright fails again, nailed the stroke but a foot off the ground was enough for Hodge

LJ Wright c Hodge b Starc 0 (4m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00


Starc to Root, FOUR, too wide and Root begins perfectly with a nice cut stroke through point


Starc to Root, FOUR, cover drive this time and four more with decent timing again, too wide from Starc


Starc to Root, no run, full toss outside off now but Root seems so surprised by it he misses completely and Starc gets away with one


Starc to Root, no run, tighter line, full length, nudged up to mid-on

End of over 5 (8 runs) England 38/2 (RR: 7.60)

    • JE Root 8 (4b 2x4)
    • AD Hales 12 (9b 2x4)
    • MA Starc 2-0-14-1
    • JR Hazlewood 1-0-6-1

A third for Hazlewood...


Hazlewood to Hales, FOUR, length ball wide of off stump, driven in the air up and over cover point


Hazlewood to Hales, no run, much better, tight off stump line, just back of a length, blocked up the wicket


Hazlewood to Hales, no run, fuller and straighter, Hales flicks around the corner but can only find short long leg


Hazlewood to Hales, OUT, full on the stumps, Hales aims a big swing towards the leg side and gets a huge top edge that swirls down to third man and Starc holds the chance very well. That hung in the air for a long time but Starc steadied himself just inside the boundary and took it down to his left with two hands

AD Hales c Starc b Hazlewood 16 (24m 13b 3x4 0x6) SR: 123.07


Hazlewood to Root, 2 runs, length on leg stump, clipped through square leg and they run hard for two


Hazlewood to Root, FOUR, too wide and Root slaps it wide of third man, good start for him

Average Powerplay for England, too many wickets but the run-rate is healthy...

End of over 6 (10 runs) England 48/3 (RR: 8.00)

    • JE Root 14 (6b 3x4)
    • EJG Morgan 0 (0b)
    • JR Hazlewood 2-0-16-2
    • MA Starc 2-0-14-1

Glenn Maxwell is introduced...


Maxwell to Morgan, FOUR, reverse sweep first ball and he nails it past short third man, super timing from off stump


Maxwell to Morgan, 1 run, length on middle and leg, tickled down the leg side and short long leg comes to his left to field, can't prevent the single though


Maxwell to Root, 1 run, stays around the wicket, full on off stump, clipped down to long-off


Maxwell to Morgan, 1 run, full length just outside off, driven down to long-off


Maxwell to Root, no run, length outside off, a cross-bat slap to extra cover


Maxwell to Root, OUT, the same stroke but this time they take on extra-cover and a direct hit has Morgan struggling diving into the striker's end. His bat is well over the line but it's bounced in the air, are his gloves back in time? I don't think they are and indeed he's gone. Very unlucky that is for Morgan, the bat bounced up and all the way to the top of the handle was in the air as he crossed the whitewash. Top work from Hodge having run to his left

EJG Morgan run out 6 (5m 3b 1x4 0x6) SR: 200.00

End of over 7 (7 runs) England 55/4 (RR: 7.85)

    • JE Root 15 (9b 3x4)
    • GJ Maxwell 1-0-7-0
    • JR Hazlewood 2-0-16-2

So England now in a hole as James Muirhead comes on...


Muirhead to Root, no run, tossed onto leg stump, Root forward to block


Muirhead to Root, 1 wide, spins well wide of off stump and called so as Root's cut misses, sharp turn there


Muirhead to Root, 1 run, touch shorter, Root right back to pull and finds deep-midwicket


Muirhead to Buttler, 1 run, fuller just outside off, driven down to long-off


Muirhead to Root, no run, floated up outside off, driven firmly to extra cover


Muirhead to Root, 1 run, forward and driven down to long-off


Muirhead to Buttler, 1 run, full length and Buttler slaps it down to long-off

End of over 8 (5 runs) England 60/4 (RR: 7.50)

    • JC Buttler 2 (2b)
    • JE Root 17 (13b 3x4)
    • JM Muirhead 1-0-5-0
    • GJ Maxwell 1-0-7-0

Cameron White to bowl now...


White to Buttler, 1 run, touch short on leg stump, clipped wide of the leg side 45 for an easy single


White to Root, 1 run, back of a length just outside off, Root back to pull on the bounce to long-on


White to Buttler, 1 run, OUT, forward pushing into midwicket and they charge back for the second, Maxwell charges in and returns a super throw and Root has to dive into the non-striker's end and it short of his ground! What superb fielding. Looked for all money that an easy two was on but Maxwell covered the ground so quickly, dived to field and threw almost in one motion, right on target and White dashed the stumps down

JE Root run out 18 (19m 14b 3x4 0x6) SR: 128.57


White to Buttler, 1 run, back foot punch out to deep cover


White to Bopara, 1 run, back foot punch this time down to long-off


White to Buttler, 1 run, back and clipped to Maxwell again at deep-midwicket, no though of a second this time

End of over 9 (6 runs) England 66/5 (RR: 7.33)

    • JC Buttler 6 (6b)
    • RS Bopara 1 (1b)
    • CL White 1-0-6-0
    • JM Muirhead 1-0-5-0

England need a partnership from somewhere or this game will quickly be over...


Muirhead to Buttler, 1 run, driven on the up to deep cover with the turn


Muirhead to Bopara, no run, forward just blocking on the stumps


Muirhead to Bopara, no run, back and trying to force into the off side, bit of bounce beats the stroke


Muirhead to Bopara, 1 run, full and well wide of off stump, Bopara reaches out for it and slaps to deep cover


Muirhead to Buttler, 1 run, full length just outside off, driven hard to long-off


Muirhead to Bopara, 1 run, full toss on leg stump, swept hard to deep-square leg

Monty has arrived to take you to tea...

End of over 10 (4 runs) England 70/5 (RR: 7.00)

    • RS Bopara 3 (5b)
    • JC Buttler 8 (8b)
    • JM Muirhead 2-0-9-0
    • CL White 1-0-6-0

Hello, everyone. I think it was Agent Smith in The Matrix who said: "I believe that, as a species, England fans define their reality through suffering and misery."


White to Bopara, 1 run, dropped short, Bopara swivels and hoicks one through the leg side


White to Buttler, 1 run, tossed up on the stumps, comes forward and pushes one down the ground


White to Bopara, 1 run, floated up and worked off the legs into a gap at midwicket


White to Buttler, FOUR, there's Buttler's power, he rocks back and smashes a muscular pull out in front of deep midwicket for four


White to Buttler, 1 run, pushed through a little quicker, outside off and edged past Wade trying to cut, short third man cleans up


White to Bopara, no run, full, tapped into the leg side, no run

Here's Paul, with steam rising off him: "Pitiful, pathetic and downright poor! Okay so I am being kind to England. Will this suffering never end?"

End of over 11 (8 runs) England 78/5 (RR: 7.09)

    • RS Bopara 5 (8b)
    • JC Buttler 14 (11b 1x4)
    • CL White 2-0-14-0
    • JM Muirhead 2-0-9-0

Nathan Coulter-Nile back into the attack


Coulter-Nile to Buttler, 2 runs, drops short, Buttler stays back and nudges a couple behind square on the leg side


Coulter-Nile to Buttler, no run, length ball outside off, driven on the up towards mid-off


Coulter-Nile to Buttler, FOUR, shot! That's a crunching blow from Buttler, whipping the hands through a pull shot and sends the ball rocketing to deep midwicket, the sweeper had no chance


Coulter-Nile to Buttler, 1 run, comes forward, forces the ball back down the ground, past midwicket


Coulter-Nile to Bopara, 1 run, fuller, on off stump, wristy little flick to square leg from Bopara


Coulter-Nile to Buttler, no run, pitched up outside the line, Buttler gives a cover drive some billy-oh but Bailey takes it on the bounce

"Was the Morgan runout legit? The local commentary team saying it should have been ruled in. What's the official rule?!" Looked like he was out by a frame on the angle we saw, Josh, though unlucky that the bat bounced

End of over 12 (8 runs) England 86/5 (RR: 7.16)

    • JC Buttler 21 (16b 2x4)
    • RS Bopara 6 (9b)
    • NM Coulter-Nile 2-0-16-0
    • CL White 2-0-14-0

James Muirhead replaces White, genuine leggie for faux


Muirhead to Bopara, no run, lovely delivery, beats Bopara in the flight as he gropes forward and there's a stumping appeal, nicely done by Wade but I think Bopara is going to survive this one (you can reverse those two clauses for Adelaide last weekend). Yep, replays confirm he just got his toe back


Muirhead to Bopara, 1 wide, angled in and sliding down the leg side - wide


Muirhead to Bopara, OUT, on the stumps, Bopara reaches for the slog-sweep... and he's picked out deep midwicket! Good bit of bowling from Muirhead again, think it dipped on Bopara, who wasn't able to control the shot, sent it flat and at a comfortable height to the man

RS Bopara c Maxwell b Muirhead 6 (15m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 54.54

In comes Tim Bresnan, as the last of England's "scary" batting order departs. They are making a right Horlicks of this


Muirhead to Bresnan, 2 runs, length ball turning away outside off, patted behind square for a couple


Muirhead to Bresnan, no run, gets on the front foot and pushes into the covers


Muirhead to Bresnan, 3 runs, goes back and cuts again, more firmly this time, but an excellent diving stop on the rope prevents four


Muirhead to Buttler, no run, beaten past the outside edge as Buttler stayed back and tried to run one off the face

"Mate, learn the rules. It was not out, or should have been ruled that way. You ground your bat it does not matter if you then goes in the air - end of story. The third umpire should learn the rules as well." Sorry, Zozza, but that's wrong. Go look up the Laws

End of over 13 (6 runs) England 92/6 (RR: 7.07)

    • JC Buttler 21 (17b 2x4)
    • TT Bresnan 5 (3b)
    • JM Muirhead 3-0-15-1
    • NM Coulter-Nile 2-0-16-0

Josh Hazlewood returns in place of Coulter-Nile


Hazlewood to Bresnan, 1 run, back of a length, cracked off the back foot through the covers for a single


Hazlewood to Buttler, no run, short again, tapped towards point from the crease


Hazlewood to Buttler, no run, comes forward, tries to drive a length ball, Hazlewood fields in his follow through


Hazlewood to Buttler, 1 wide, slings this down the leg side, that'll be a wide


Hazlewood to Buttler, no run, short and outside off, Buttler can't get the ball away through backward point


Hazlewood to Buttler, no run, short, on the stumps, tucks the batsman up and it's blocked back down the track


Hazlewood to Buttler, no run, bit of width, the ball zips off a length and past the bat as Buttler has a big ole mow and misses

Excellent over from Hazlewood. England still scratching their way to 100...

End of over 14 (2 runs) England 94/6 (RR: 6.71)

    • JC Buttler 21 (22b 2x4)
    • TT Bresnan 6 (4b)
    • JR Hazlewood 3-0-18-2
    • JM Muirhead 3-0-15-1

Muirhead to Bresnan, 1 run, floated up outside off, Bresnan opens the face and steers one to backward point


Muirhead to Buttler, no run, tossed up, reverses the hands and swats the ball hard but straight to point


Muirhead to Buttler, no run, flatter and quicker, as Buttler opens the shoulders and tries to hit over mid-on, fails to connect properly


Muirhead to Buttler, no run, pushed through outside off, pushed into the covers


Muirhead to Buttler, 1 run, goes for the reverse sweep again, picks out point and this time they scamper one


Muirhead to Bresnan, no run, tossed up on middle and off, straightens a touch, Bresnan shows it a straight bat

Excellent figures of 4-0-17-1 for Muirhead. England and legspinners, eh?

End of over 15 (2 runs) England 96/6 (RR: 6.40)

    • TT Bresnan 7 (6b)
    • JC Buttler 22 (26b 2x4)
    • JM Muirhead 4-0-17-1
    • JR Hazlewood 3-0-18-2

Coulter-Nile back on after one over from Hazlewood


Coulter-Nile to Buttler, OUT, pitched up, shaping in and that's out! Buttler didn't move his feet, think Coulter-Nile just cut his fingers over the ball and it was a pretty straight forward decision

JC Buttler lbw b Coulter-Nile 22 (33m 27b 2x4 0x6) SR: 81.48

In comes Stuart Broad, the captain. England still haven't reached triple figures


Coulter-Nile to Broad, no run, stays back and pushes a shortish ball to point


Coulter-Nile to Broad, 1 run, works one into the midwicket area


Coulter-Nile to Bresnan, 1 run, Bresnan slogs hard across the line, gets a top edge but it drops tantalisingly short of long-on running in


Coulter-Nile to Broad, 1 run, Broad waits and cuts a length ball out towards deep point


Coulter-Nile to Bresnan, no run, pitched up, outside the line of off, driven on the front foot straight to mid-off

End of over 16 (3 runs) England 99/7 (RR: 6.18)

    • TT Bresnan 8 (8b)
    • SCJ Broad 2 (3b)
    • NM Coulter-Nile 3-0-19-1
    • JM Muirhead 4-0-17-1

Superb show, this, from Australia's bowlers. Mitchell Starc replaces Muirhead


Starc to Broad, 4 leg byes, Broad backs to leg, Starc and Wade follow him and a short-of-a-length ball clips the thigh pad, beats Wade to his left and runs to the boundary - hundred up for England now


Starc to Broad, 1 run, shortish, on the stumps, Broad steps away and slaps one over gully


Starc to Bresnan, no run, dug in short and this flies through to Wades as Bresnan swings and misses


Starc to Bresnan, no run, good length, around off stump, Bresnan heaves and inside edge into his front pad


Starc to Bresnan, no run, gets on the front foot and plays a classical front-foot drive straight to cover - another dot


Starc to Bresnan, 1 run, something a bit more agricultural now, hacks at a length ball in the channel and carves a single to third man

End of over 17 (6 runs) England 105/7 (RR: 6.17)

    • TT Bresnan 9 (12b)
    • SCJ Broad 3 (5b)
    • MA Starc 3-0-16-1
    • NM Coulter-Nile 3-0-19-1

Coulter-Nile to Bresnan, no run, slower ball from Coulter-Nile, on off stump, Bresnan miscues a drive to the edge of the off-side ring


Coulter-Nile to Bresnan, 1 run, goes for the yorker, lines this one up and drives crisply down the ground for one to long-on

"Broad was right when he said "England's T20 batting lineup is scary" chuckles Chandan


Coulter-Nile to Broad, FOUR, bangs this into the deck halfway down and Broad happily hooks towards deep square leg, just a yard or two short of the rope


Coulter-Nile to Broad, 2 runs, picks up a couple more from the short delivery, pulled higher this time but it plops safely into the outfield at deep midwicket


Coulter-Nile to Broad, 1 run, backs away, throws the hands at a wide-ish short ball, slices one to third man


Coulter-Nile to Bresnan, 2 runs, now Bresnan clears the front foot and clubs to leg, doesn't quite get hold of it but that's a couple more

End of over 18 (10 runs) England 115/7 (RR: 6.38)

    • TT Bresnan 12 (15b)
    • SCJ Broad 10 (8b 1x4)
    • NM Coulter-Nile 4-0-29-1
    • MA Starc 3-0-16-1

Starc to Broad, no run, Starc follows Broad as he goes to leg, hit on the pad as he swings across the line


Starc to Broad, no run, full and tailing in towards off stump, Broad swings hard and misses completely


Starc to Broad, no run, another swing and a miss, this one perilously close to off stump, Starc giving nothing away


Starc to Broad, 1 run, manages to connect this time, bundles a single into the leg side


Starc to Bresnan, 1 run, goes full and wide of the stumps, Bresnan jams the bat down and squeezes one into the off side


Starc to Broad, 1 run, full again and shaping back on middle and leg, Broad manages to inside edge the ball to deep backward square but Maxwell's arm keeps them to one

England are gasping for breath, stumbling towards the 20-over mark. Their corner might think about throwing the towel in...

End of over 19 (3 runs) England 118/7 (RR: 6.21)

    • SCJ Broad 12 (13b 1x4)
    • TT Bresnan 13 (16b)
    • MA Starc 4-0-19-1
    • NM Coulter-Nile 4-0-29-1

Josh Hazlewood to bowl the final over. "I just can't imagine a T20I innings without hitting a single sixer. Is this gonna be a record ?" I wouldn't think so, Sandy. Incompetence isn't that rare


Hazlewood to Broad, 1 wide, Broad steps away, this is fired wide of the wicket in respone - too wide for the umpire


Hazlewood to Broad, 3 runs, carted high out towards long-off, a huge top edge from Broad, it lands beyond the fielder, though, just inside the rope, and they survive run-out chances at both ends to get back for three


Hazlewood to Bresnan, FOUR, bosh! Finally a clean connection from Bresnan, who hits a full toss out of the screws and down the ground to bisect long-on and long-off


Hazlewood to Bresnan, 1 run, fires this to leg as the batsman makes room, turned behind square


Hazlewood to Broad, 3 runs, Broad is swinging like kid in a playground, another skier flies out towards deep backward point, it bounces towards the rope where Maxwell swoops on it like condor, collect and tosses the ball to a team-mate superbly to prevent a boundary


Hazlewood to Bresnan, OUT, bowled him, via his legs! Bresnan tried to get cute, stepping outside off and attempting to dab the ball fine on the leg side, failed to connect with the bat and it clipped his back leg before ricocheting into the stumps

TT Bresnan b Hazlewood 18 (34m 19b 1x4 0x6) SR: 94.73


Hazlewood to Tredwell, OUT, timber! Hazlewood has four! Full and straight does for Tredwell, who tried to launch his first ball down the ground and missed it completely. The stumps are a mess and so is this England innings

JC Tredwell b Hazlewood 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

9.10pm: England's long tour continues to plough a slough of despond. That was a miserable batting display on a wicket both captains eyed up greedily at the toss. The aggression was naked but England's batsmen were left with barely a fig leaf to cover their wobbly bits by the end. Expect this to be another green-and-gold jamboree, as Victoria toasts its own... Alex will be back in 15 to see if the inevitable eventuates.

End of over 20 (12 runs) England 130/9

    • SCJ Broad 18 (15b 1x4)
    • JR Hazlewood 4-0-30-4
    • MA Starc 4-0-19-1





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