Australia vs England
Bailey finishes 60 not out and White unbeaten on 58. They have done this at a canter, with eight wickets and 31 balls to spare. This tour goes from bad to worse for England, who lose the T20 series to go with Test and ODI defeats. The good news, they've got just one match left, at Sydney on Sunday. Join us then, if you can stomach it!
Australia win by eight wickets!
All over in the blink of an eye! Bailey finishes the job with back-to-back boundaries off Tredwell and this has been a complete and utter annihilation from Australia at the MCG
Over 14 - Australia 118-2 (White 53, Bailey 52)
Bailey joins White past 50! He needed just 24 balls and gets to his milestone with a fifth four, this time showing deft touch to cut Bopara to the third man boundary. Drop! Oh no, Bopara spills a return catch to let Bailey off the hook. England just want this to end now. It won't be long...
Over 13 - Australia 111-2 (White 51, Bailey 47)
White brings up his second successive T20I half-century and fifth in total with a single. It's taken him just 38 balls. His home crowd rise to their feet. He's done his chances of playing in the World Cup no harm at all in this series. Bailey has the crowd on their feet later in the over, dancing down and depositing Tredwell for another six over long-on. Just 20 more runs required for Australia...
Over 12 - Australia 100-2 (White 48, Bailey 39)
What's 12+12+18? Answer: The cost of Dernbach's three overs so far today. His place in the side really must be questioned. Bailey takes him apart here, planting his first ball back straight into the crowd over long-on, a huge six, 106 metres! Three fours follow, two pulled through midwicket, one drilled wide of long-off. Brutal batting from Bailey and up comes the Australia 100
Over 11 - Australia 82-2 (White 48, Bailey 21)
Drop! With England in desperate need of a wicket... or five, Broad brings himself back into the attack and almost gets his opposite number Bailey. A short ball rushes Bailey but his top edge is just too high for Buttler, who gets a glove on the ball before it trickles to the boundary. Huge frustration on the face of Broad as the match continues to slip away from England
Over 10 - Australia 76-2 (White 47, Bailey 16)
Bopara is brought into the attack but White and Bailey are content to milk him for singles. Five more runs added. 55 required from 60 balls. The camera pans to Hodge in the dug-out, what odds on the Victorian favourite scoring the winning runs tonight?
Over 9 - Australia 71-2 (White 44, Bailey 14)
Great batting from Bailey. He's shifted the momentum back Australia's way since coming to the middle. He skips down the pitch and lofts Tredwell high over long-on for six - the first of the match! Dropped in the crowd. Bailey then ends the over with two more, Bopara failing to gather cleanly with a run-out chance on and White calling his partner through for a second run
Over 8 - Australia 62-2 (White 43, Bailey 6)
An expensive over by the standards Bresnan has set himself in this match. New man Bailey shuffles across his stumps and works two twos through the leg side and then ends a seven-ball over with two more over mid-off. Bresnan perhaps unlucky to conceded a wide on height there
Over 7 - Australia 54-2 (White 42, Bailey 0)
A great start from Tredwell, back in the side in place of Briggs. He keeps it simple, conceding just four runs in between the wicket of Maxwell. Now, can England keep the pressure on?
Maxwell ct Bresnan bld Tredwell 2 (5)
Maxwell is gone! The 'Million Dollar Man' pulls Tredwell out to deep backward square-leg and Bresnan takes a fine catch over his left shoulder
Over 6 - Australia 50-1 (White 39, Maxwell 1)
Bresnan needs some support here, he's doing a fine job on a wicket he loves. His opening two overs have cost just three runs, as well as the breakthrough wicket of Finch. The powerplay is over and it's now time for some spin...
Finch lbw Bresnan 10 (11)
Bresnan strikes! Finch is hit on the knee roll and adjudged lbw by the umpire. Looked a little high and replays confirm it was in fact going over the top. Some much-needed luck for England.
Over 5 - Australia 48-0 (White 38, Finch 10)
A change of ends but the same outcome for Dernbach, who is taken for 12 runs yet again. White is unfazed by the changes in pace, drilling a slower ball back down the ground for four and then cutting two boundaries through point to end the over. Some verbals between White and Dernbach follow but Jade hasn't got a lot of ammunition at the moment. Just 83 more required...
Over 4 - Australia 36-0 (White 26, Finch 10)
Bresnan replaces Dernbach and puts the brakes on with a fine first over. He bowls six balls on a perfect line and length and Australia muster just a single. A mix-up between Finch and White almost leaves the latter stranded, but Bopara's shy was off target. Would have been very close. The kind of chance Australia have been gobbling up all winter
Over 3 - Australia 35-0 (White 25, Finch 10)
Take a blow, Stuart. After a decent start to the over, Broad loses his way. Finch powers a half-volley back down the ground for four and then hooks an anticipated short ball behind square on the leg side to make this a third successive double figure over. This could be over in a hurry...
Over 2 - Australia 25-0 (White 24, Finch 1)
A better over for England, just 12 off this one... White is not messing around here, he clearly has somewhere to be in his home city tonight. A rueful grin from Dernbach after White drives his first ball imperiously through the covers off the back foot for four. Gorgeous stroke. Dernbach goes shorter but White simply rocks back and helps the ball over midwicket, just evading the boundary sweeper before finding the rope. Finch finally gets to face a delivery last ball and uppercuts it to third man for a single to get off the mark
Over 1 - Australia 13-0 (White 13, Finch 0)
Not the start England were hoping for... Captain Broad fails to set the tone as White picks up where he left off in Hobart, collecting all 13 runs scored from the opening over. After lofting Broad over extra cover for the first four, White then delicately steers the next ball past slip for back-to-back boundaries. Broad shakes his head as he walks back to his mark and his mood worsens when White climbs into a short ball and hooks a third boundary in five balls. A single ends the over. Australia well on their way
Kevin Hunt: "I'm close to feeling sorry for the Aussies, they must be fed up playing a team that can't even give them a competitive game! Absolutely useless."
Nick Knight in the Sky Sports commentary box: "It was an absolute shambles. At no point in that innings did England re-assess and build a partnership. We must give Australia a lot of credit, though, they're fielding was outstanding."
Gary Hayes: "What a pathetic display from England today. Top score of 22. They should be ashamed of themselves."
Australia require 131 to win
It's looking like 11-1 folks! Australia, despite putting out their fourth team tonight, have restricted England to just 130-9 after losing the toss. Their fielding, epitomised by Maxwell, was outstanding and has put them on the verge of yet another series win. Stay tuned for the run-chase
Over 20 - England 130-9 (Broad 18)
England's most productive over of the day ends the innings and at least gives them a little bit of momentum to take into the field. That said, 130 is well below-par and Joss Buttler top-scoring with 22 sums up how bad this innings has been. Hazlewood (4-30) ends as the pick of the Australia bowlers
Tredwell bld Hazlewood 0 (1)
Hazlewood wraps up the England innings with a wicket, clean bowling Tredwell, who went for the big heave-ho
Bresnan bld Hazlewood 18 (19)
A late flurry of runs from Bresnan and Broad but the former perishes trying a deft/daft sweep past short fine-leg. He gets it all wrong, simply diverting the ball onto his stumps via his pad. That is a shot Bresnan should put in the locker, lock and throw away the key
Over 19 - England 118-7 (Bresnan 13, Broad 12)
Just three runs from the penultimate over! Starc finishes with 1-19 from his four overs, vindicating his recall to the side. Broad is swinging hard but can't make any true connection on the ball and is made to look rather amateurish to be honest
Over 18 - England 115-7 (Bresnan 12, Broad 10)
Broad and Bresnan are doing their best to add some respectability to the total. Broad steps away and hooks Coulter-Nile for a one-bounce four, so nearly the first six of the innings. He and Bresnan then collect twos on the leg-side of this huge MCG boundary. 10 off the over, England's best since the very first of the innings!
Over 17 - England 105-7 (Bresnan 9, Broad 3)
Ironic cheers as England bring up their 100 at the start of the 17th over with their first boundary since the 12th! There is a catch, though, as they're leg-byes. Broad, backing away to leg as he has done all tour, is hit by Starc on the back leg and the ball wrongfoots Wade and finds the boundary. England can't kick on from that fortunate start to the over, though, with just two further singles added
Over 16 - England 99-7 (Bresnan 8, Broad 1)
This is horrible to watch if you're an England fan. Captain Broad comes in with his side in complete disarray. He adds two singles, Bresnan pinches one. England closing in on 100!
Buttler lbw Coulter-Nile 22 (28)
It's the big one! Buttler plays across the line and Coulter-Nile pins him lbw. No complaints from the batsman and replays confirm it was crashing into leg stump
Over 15 - England 96-6 (Buttler 22, Bresnan 7)
Muirhead ends with fantastic figures of 1-17 from his four overs. High-fives and bum slaps all round for the young leg-spinner after conceding just two runs from his final over. He has even been afforded the luxury of a slip in the 15th over of a T20!
Over 14 - England 94-6 (Buttler 21, Bresnan 6)
The pressure is getting to Buttler here. He knows England's hopes rest well on truly on his shoulders. Hazlewood comes back well and is backed up superbly by his fielders inside the ring. Australia are absolutely all over England and are giving them no free runs. Just two off the over
Over 13 - England 92-6 (Buttler 21, Bresnan 5)
Bresnan just needs to stay with Buttler here as England find themselves in yet another desperate situation on this tour. Bressie lad starts well, driving Muirhead for two and then cutting for three. These huge boundaries mean a score in the region of 150/160 wouldn't be the end of the world for England. That still looks a long way off, though!
Bopara ct Maxwell bld Muirhead 6 (11)
Huge wicket for Australia! Bopara, the star in Hobart on Wednesday, sweeps the impressive Muirhead straight down Maxwell's throat at deep midwicket. England in huge trouble now.
Over 12 - England 86-5 (Buttler 21, Bopara 6)
Australia go back to pace in the form of Coulter-Nile. It's an expensive bowling change though as Buttler crunches another boundary through midwicket after nudging two through square-leg. I say expensive, but Australia will probably take eight runs an over from here on in. That would get England to 150
Over 11 - England 78-5 (Buttler 14, Bopara 5)
A better over for England as Buttler adds a boundary to the flurry of singles. White was fractionally short and the England 'keeper jumped all over it, rocking back and pulling with power through midwicket. Eight off the over
Over 10 - England 70-5 (Buttler 8, Bopara 3)
It's a rebuilding task for Buttler and Bopara now, two strokemakers who will have to rein themselves in due to the flurry of early wickets. If either is dismissed in the next few overs England will find themselves well below par. Just four singles added off Muirhead, who looks right at home on his home patch
Over 9 - England 66-5 (Buttler 6, Bopara 1)
Even White is getting a bowl! This is like an end of season club game where everyone gets a gig! A decent set of leggies from him to be fair and England, while losing Root, muster just six singles
Root run out (Maxwell) 18 (14)
Brilliant fielding from Maxwell! Root took him on coming back for the second but Maxwell was so quick to the ball, the throw was fantastic and White (the bowler) did the rest. Kamikaze running from Root and England
Over 8 - England 60-4 (Root 17, Buttler 2)
Young leg-spinner Muirhead comes into the attack and it's a good time for him to bowl with England 'under the pump' as our friends would say Down Under. There is plenty of spin on offer, so much so that he actually spins one so far outside off stump it's deemed wide! Just five runs in total off the over. This kid is impressive
Over 7 - England 55-4 (Root 15, Buttler 0)
The dismissal of Morgan ends another disappointing over for England. The Dubliner had actually started it well when reverse-sweeping Maxwell for four but his demise brings Buttler in much earlier than England would have liked
Morgan run out (Hodge) 6 (3)
You can't keep Hodge out of the game! The 39-year-old swoops at cover, throws down the stumps and Morgan, who is incredibly unlucky here, is run out. Morgan actually made his ground but his bat bounced up and so he had nothing grounded when the bails came off. Just sums up the way this tour has gone for England
Over 6 - England 48-3 (Root 14, Morgan 0)
Morgan finds himself in inside the powerplay for the second time in two matches. He watches on from the other end as Root clips two off his legs and then cuts exquisitely through point for another boundary. Runs flowing and wickets tumbling in Melbourne
Hales ct Starc bld Hazlewood 16 (13)
An ugly end for Hales but another fine catch, this time from Starc. Hales attempted to hit Hazlewood into the River Yarra but got a huge leading edge down to third man where Starc held his nerve and most importantly, the ball.
Over 5 - England 38-2 (Hales 12, Root 8)
A confident start from Root against his former Yorkshire team-mate, cutting his first two deliveries from Starc through the off-side for back-to-back boundaries. Root is standing well back in his crease looking to pounce on anything short. Eight off the over and the wicket of Wright
Wright ct Hodge bld Starc 0 (2)
What a catch! Hodge takes a stunner at short extra cover to send Wright on his way for a two-ball duck. Wright nailed his drive but Hodge moved to his left and held on to an incredibly sharp catch. Those reactions are still there
Over 4 - England 30-1 (Hales 12, Wright 0)
That wicket has brought Wright to the middle, a man who knows all about batting at this ground due to his time at the Melbourne Stars. He has to wait for his turn, though, as the batsmen crossed but Hales keeps the scoreboard ticking over with a powerful pull shot through square-leg for four
Lumb ct Coulter-Nile bld Hazlewood 18 (15)
Lumb falls to Sydney Sixers team-mate Hazlewood at the start of the fourth over. An attempted heave over leg just goes straight up and Coulter-Nile takes a high catch at mid-on
Over 3 - England 24-0 (Hales 6, Lumb 18)
Drop! It could and should have been a dream start for Starc but Maxwell drops a dolly at backward point to hand Hales, driving uppishly, a life. The Nottinghamshire man cashes in last ball of a tight over from the left-armer when he swipes a boundary through midwicket. Hodge gave chase but it's fair to say his advancing years got the better of him and the ball just won the race
Over 2 - England 18-0 (Hales 1, Lumb 17)
Lumb continues to dominate the early strike and he's looking good here. Coulter-Nile is bang on the money with his first three deliveries but Lumb then seizes on some width, cutting high over point for the first of two boundaries this over. Then next one is even better, pulling a back of a length delivery through wide mid-on to find the rope
Over 1 - England 10-0 (Hales 1, Lumb 9)
Australia are having a laugh, surely? Hodge to open the bowling! He's bowled just two T20I overs before, conceding 20 runs and he's now bowled three, costing 30! Lumb cuts and sweeps for successive boundaries to give England a great start at the 'G'
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Just putting this out there... I've covered seven matches on this tour so far and Australia have won all of them! Is it too much to ask for an England win tonight? E-mail me your predictions: Joe.email@example.com
We are expecting a crowd of 60,000 plus in Melbourne today/tonight. To make matters worse, there are SIX Victorians in this Australia line-up tonight! Can England silence them? We will find out shortly. Here come Hales and Lumb...
There's already been one match played at the MCG today, England's women suffering somewhat of a post Ashes-winning hangover as they crashed to a seven wicket defeat to Australia. England managed just 98-6, a total which the hosts chased down with ease to square the T20 series with one match to play.
So it's confirmed, Hodge is back in an Australia shirt in front of his home fans! Quite a fairytale really but also richly-deserved. Hodge has scored more runs than anyone else in this year's Big Bash and has been a consistent T20 performer for many years. He comes in as one of two changes for Australia, with left-arm seamer Mitchell Starc also in, Dan Christian and Moises Henriques miss out. Just one change for England from Hobart, Tredwell replaces Briggs in a spin for spin swap
England: Lumb, Hales, Wright, Root, Morgan, Buttler, Bopara, Bresnan, Broad, Dernbach, Tredwell.
Australia: Finch, White, Maxwell, Bailey, Hodge, Lynn, Wade, Starc, Coulter-Nile, Hazlewood, Muirhead.
England have won the toss and will BAT first. Broad: "It looks a good wicket and we're looking forward to having first use of it and applying some pressure."
Hodge-ing their bets?
The early word from the MCG is that Australia are going to hand an international recall to 39-year-old Brad Hodge! The Victorian veteran has not played a T20 international for Australia since February 2008!
Win or bust
England find themselves with yet another series to save Down Under after a 13-run defeat in Hobart on Friday put them 1-0 down in this three-match series. Toss and team news to come very shortly...
Hello everyone and welcome to live text commentary of the second Twenty20 International between Australia and England at the MCG, Melbourne.
- 31st Jan 2014
- England won the toss and elected to bat.
- Melbourne Cricket Ground
- J D Ward, P Wilson
- TV Umpire
- S D Fry
- Match Referee
- A J Pycroft
- Reserve Umpire
- G C Joshua
australia BATTING CARD
|C.L. White||Not out||58|
|A.J. Finch||lbw Bresnan||10|
|G.J. Maxwell||c Bresnan b Tredwell||2|
|G.J. Bailey||Not out||60|
|Total||14.5 Overs||131 - 2|