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2nd T20I (N), Melbourne, Jan 31 2014, England tour of Australia
130/9
(14.5/20 ov)131/2
Australia won by 8 wickets (with 31 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
4/30
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• The 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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Comms: Alan Gardner
Scorecard summary
England130/9(20 overs)
Australia131/2(14.5 overs)

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
Tredwell to White, no run

pushed through flat on off, played back to the bowler

end of over 147 runs
AUS: 118/2CRR: 8.42 RRR: 2.16
Cameron White53 (42)
George Bailey52 (26)
Ravi Bopara 2-0-12-0
James Tredwell 3-0-24-1

"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

13.5
Bopara to White, no run

tight line on the stumps, turned to leg

13.4
1
Bopara to Bailey, 1 run

dances forwards and wallops a length ball down the ground, bit of a swipe and it lands short of long-off

13.3
Bopara to Bailey, no run

punched back to the bowler and dropped! Simple caught-and-bowled chance but Bopara shells it

13.2
4
Bopara to Bailey, FOUR runs

touch of width from Bopara and this is glided down to the boundary a third man, a delicate cut - and, in a blink, Bailey has fifty too

13.1
1
Bopara to White, 1 run

length ball on the stumps, nudged with a close of the bat face through square

Dernbach is taken off to the glue factory, Ravi Bopara comes back

end of over 1311 runs
AUS: 111/2CRR: 8.53 RRR: 2.85
Cameron White51 (39)
George Bailey47 (23)
James Tredwell 3-0-24-1
Jade Dernbach 3-0-42-0

"The light in England's eyes was only a reflection from the fireworks from Australia!" laments Chris in Taunton

12.6
1
Tredwell to White, 1 run

pushed through on the stumps, comes forward and clips past mid-on for one more

12.5
1
Tredwell to Bailey, 1 run

very full, clipped through midwicket

12.4
6
Tredwell to Bailey, SIX runs

hello, it's six o'clock! Again it's Bailey bringing the pain, skipping down the track and depositing the ball hiiiiiiiiiiiiigh over long-on

12.3
1
Tredwell to White, 1 run

White walks forward on off stump and dabs a single through square - raises the bat for fifty at the 'G in front of his home crowd

12.2
1
Tredwell to Bailey, 1 run

length ball, Bailey goes for the big yahoo and under-edges into a gap behind square

12.1
1
Tredwell to White, 1 run

tossed up and nurdled into the leg side for one

James Tredwell comes back on, as the light in England eyes fades

end of over 1218 runs
AUS: 100/2CRR: 8.33 RRR: 3.87
George Bailey39 (20)
Cameron White48 (36)
Jade Dernbach 3-0-42-0
Stuart Broad 3-0-29-0
11.6
4
Dernbach to Bailey, FOUR runs

four more, this time an inside out drive! The carnage continues for Dernbach, as he tries for the leg stump yorker, Bailey makes room and spears it wide of mid-off

11.5
4
Dernbach to Bailey, FOUR runs

short again, merciless from Bailey, smiting Dernbach into the vacant wide long-on area again, it trundles to the rope

11.4
Dernbach to Bailey, no run

length in the channel, steered sharply to point where it's well stopped

Best performances - batters
George Bailey Player pic
GJ Bailey AUS
60 runs (28)
7 fours
3 sixes
Control93%
Productive shot
leg glance
32 runs
4 fours
2 sixes
067749225
Cameron White player pic
CL White AUS
58 runs (45)
9 fours
0 six
Control93%
Productive shot
leg glance
22 runs
2 fours
0 six
7110984316
Best performances - bowlers
Josh Hazlewood
JR Hazlewood AUS
O
4
M
0
R
30
W
4
ECO
7.5
Tim Bresnan portrait
TT Bresnan ENG
O
3
M
0
R
11
W
1
ECO
3.66
Match details
Melbourne Cricket Ground
TossEngland, elected to bat first
SeriesEngland tour of Australia
Season2013/14
Player Of The Match
Josh Hazlewood
Josh Hazlewood
Series resultAustralia led the 3-match series 2-0
Match numberT20I no. 355
Hours of play (local time)19.35 start, First Session 19.35-20.55, Interval 20.55-21.15, Second Session 21.15-22.35
Match days31 January 2014 - night (20-over match)
Umpires
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John Ward
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Paul Wilson
TV Umpire
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Simon Fry
Reserve Umpire
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Geoff Joshua
Match Referee
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Andy Pycroft