3rd T20: Worn out England look for consolation win against Australia

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: February 1, 2014, 3:44 PM IST
3rd T20: Worn out England look for consolation win against Australia

After getting drubbed in Ashes, ODIs and now in T20s, there is not much that England will take home after their final T20, but a victory in Sydney might prove to be consolatory at the end.

Australia completed a clean sweep of victories over England in all formats when it won the second Twenty20 cricket international by 8 wickets on Friday to clinch the three-match series 2-0.

After winning the Ashes 5-0 and the five-match one-day international series 4-1, Australia added to England's summer of misery by following up its 13-run win in the first T20 with a comprehensive win which clinched the T20 series in two games.

For Australia, the confidence in and around the team is so much that players coming into the set up are performing from the outset.

Cameron White was asked to open the innings with Aaron Finch and the 30-year-old batsman has scored two fifties (75, 58*) in two matches.

Australia captain George Bailey, who made 60* off 28 balls on Friday, said the hosts performances in all formats are being fuelled by rising confidence.

"It's a magical juice [confidence]," Bailey said after the victory on Friday. "I think it makes such a big difference.

"The greatest thing about that is we're seeing it from guys who are coming in for their first game. James Muirhead, I thought bowled absolutely beautifully in his second game. That to me is a sign of a really good player and hopefully a really good team environment."

England captain Stuart Broad was disappointed after his side suffered yet another defeat. "We're disappointed with the way we played," Broad said. "Sometimes you have to give credit to your opposition. Australia outplayed us fantastically today."

Broad wore the haunted expression seen often on the face of captain Alastair Cook during the Test and one-day series. "It's been a long tour, a long 100 days in Australia," Broad said.

Probable XIs:

Australia: Cameron White, Aaron Finch, Brad Hodge, Glenn Maxwell, George Bailey (c), Chris Lynn, Daniel Christian, Matthew Wade(w), Ben Cutting, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Muirhead, Mitchell Starc, Moises Henriques, Josh Hazlewood

England: Michael Lumb, Alex Hales, Luke Wright, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler(w), Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad(c), Jade Dernbach, James Tredwell, Chris Jordan, Boyd Rankin, Danny Briggs

(With AP inputs)

First Published: February 1, 2014, 3:44 PM IST

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