Australia v England 2nd T20I; Stuart Broad pays credit to opponents at MCG
Stuart Broad admitted his team were completely outplayed during their eight-wicket defeat to Australia at the MCG.
Last Updated: 31/01/14 1:28pm
On a tour which has gone from bad to worse - England have now lost 11 of the 12 internationals played Down Under - Australia clinched the three-match T20 series with a game to spare after restricting England to only 130-9.
Jos Buttler top-scored for England with just 22 before George Bailey (60 not out) and Cameron White (57no) showed just how true a batting surface it was, helping chase down the total with more than five overs to spare.
Speaking afterwards, Broad said: "We're disappointed with the way we played but sometimes you have to give credit to the opposition. Australia outplayed us fantastically tonight - they held their length really well on a wicket that maybe just stuck a little bit and we didn't react to that."
As was the case in Wednesday's opening match in Hobart, England were left reeling by the loss of early wickets, slumping to 63-5 inside nine overs in front of a crowd of more than 60,000 in Melbourne.
Joe Root was involved in two run-outs, partner Eoin Morgan unfortunately run-out when his bat bounced following a direct-hit from Brad Hodge, while athletic fielding from Glenn Maxwell left Root short of his ground nine balls later.
Broad admitted those two wickets were tough to recover from, while conceding that England just haven't 'clicked' in the series so far.
He added: "Australia bowled fantastically well but the two needless run-outs in the middle hurt us and cost us getting a decent score.
"We haven't particularly got going yet but in the past year we have done; we've averaged 185 with the bat which is above normal I'd have thought.
"We've not clicked in these two games but it's not just the batting we didn't bowl particularly well. It's always difficult with a low score but you've got to set the tone better and I didn't do that and Jade (Dernbach) didn't do that. It's a disappointing all-round performance but Australia were better tonight."
England now have just one game to endure before returning home and Broad has called for his players to finish a dismal tour on a high in Sydney on Sunday, as preparations for the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh continue.
"I'd imagine conditions in Sydney will be slightly difficult to Chittagong but we need to get some momentum from somewhere," said Broad.
"It's been a long tour, it's been a long 100 days in Australia and it would be nice to finish with a win. We've not won a series since we've been out here which is heartbreaking for Team England but we can finish on a high before we fly (home) two hours later."