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225dThe Report by Brydon Coverdale at the MCG

Australia crush England to take series

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

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

GJ Bailey
GJ Bailey
60(28) 7x4 - 3x6
Control %93%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 32 runs
  • 4x4 - 2x6
0 6 7 7 4 9 22 5
CL White
58(45) 9x4 - 0x6
Control %93%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 22 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
7 1 10 9 8 4 3 16

Best performances - Bowlers

JR Hazlewood
JR Hazlewood
O4
M0
R30
W4
Eco7.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
TT Bresnan
O3
M0
R11
W1
Eco3.66
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentator: Alan Gardner

10.50pm: That's all for today, folks. I'll leave you with Brydon's report and the ICC rankings, where Australia have swum up to midtable mediocrity and sixth, dropping England in the gunk at eighth. Join us again on Sunday in Sydney, for the final game of the tour. Sadly, the curtains were drawn on England a long while ago. G'night, all.

10.40pm: Josh Hazlewood is named Man of the Match: "Yeah, it's nice to have an opportunity with the Test team away and to make the most of it. It's been a great summer and to be a part of it at the end is brilliant."

England captain, Stuart Broad: "Give credit to Australia, they outplayed us. Maybe the wicket just stuck in a little today and we couldn't get going. We've done some great things with the bat but it's not clicked in these two games. But it's not just the batting, we didn't bowl well today. I imagine conditions in Sydney will be slightly different to Chittagong but we've have to get some momentum from somewhere."

Australia captain, George Bailey: "Another great performance with the ball, set the game up. We thought it would be a bit of a surprise for the English [to open with Hodge]. He had to make do with a catch and a run out. We've really been put through our paces in the field and in all formats it's crucial. James Muirhead bowled absolutely beautifully, he came in with confidence and did really well tonight."

10.30pm: There you have it, Australia claim another series, more silver for the mantelpiece. England have been pulverised, brutalised, marmelised again; at least they know the way to A&E by now. In 1998, England's rugby players embarked on what became known as the "Tour to Hell", losing all seven of their games against southern-hemisphere opposition by heavy margins - but England's cricketers have discovered there are still-darker corners of Hades Down Under, 11-1 down across all formats now. On a sunnier note, meanwhile, Cameron White may have sealed a spot in Australia's World T20 squad, with his second consecutive half-century, though it's a shame we didn't get to see a fellow Victorian, Brad Hodge, pressing his claim. Anyway, time for the presentations...

14.5
4
Tredwell to Bailey, FOUR runs, full toss, on the stumps and swept behind square, Bailey delivers the final blow as Australia win by eight wickets and take the series, 2-0 up with one to play
14.4
4
Tredwell to Bailey, FOUR runs, darted in, Bailey makes room and clatters a drive over and wide of mid-off for another boundary. The end is nigh!
14.3
1
Tredwell to White, 1 run, slides to leg, flat and quick again, manages to deflect it to short fine leg
14.2
4
Tredwell to White, FOUR runs, tossed up on middle and leg, White glances it firmly through midwicket and beats the boundary rider
14.1
0
Tredwell to White, no run, pushed through flat on off, played back to the bowler

END OF OVER:
14 | 7 Runs | AUS: 118/2 (13 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 8.42, RRR: 2.16)

  • Cameron White53 (42b)
  • George Bailey52 (26b)
  • Ravi Bopara2-0-12-0
  • James Tredwell3-0-24-1

"Well, that drop chance summed up everything!" exclaims Gopi. Whatever it is, it's not catching, as Richie would say

13.6
1
Bopara to White, 1 run, slower ball, I think, White waits and nudges another single through square leg

Australia 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st48CL WhiteAJ Finch
2nd5CL WhiteGJ Maxwell
3rd78CL WhiteGJ Bailey