Australia continued England’s miserable tour with an emphatic eight-wicket victory to claim the Twenty20 series with a match to spare at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday. England only posted 130 for nine after winning the toss and the home side coasted to victory with 5.1 overs left at 131 for two.
Skipper George Bailey clubbed an unbeaten 60 off just 28 balls with three sixes and seven fours, while opener Cameron White continued his magnificent series with 57 not out off 45 balls. England will finish their troubled tour of Australia in Sydney on Sunday in the final dead rubber T20 game after losing the Ashes 5-0 and the one-day series 4-1.
Fast bowler Josh Hazlewood was named man-of-the-match with career-best T20 figures of four for 30 in England’s innings, including two wickets with his last two balls.
White posted his second successive half-century in his first T20 International series since October 2012 in a follow-up to his 75 in Wednesday’s opening T20 match in Hobart.
England won the toss and batted but struggled on a slow-paced pitch, with wicketkeeper Jos Buttler topscoring with 22 off 27 balls. Opener Michael Lumb was out for 18 in the fourth over, caught at mid-on, and Luke Wright fell for a duck in the following over after recalled veteran Brad Hodge took a great catch at cover.
England then lost four wickets in four overs. By the time Joe Root was run out for 18, England were 63 for five in the ninth over. Game over.
Brief scores: Eng 130/9 (J Buttler 22, S Broad 18*; J Hazlewood 4/30) lost to Aus 131/2 (G Bailey 60*, C White 58*; T Bresnan 1/11) by eight wickets