Australia vs England
Bring them home
There's nothing positive to say about England's run chase, a succession of poor shots meant they never threatened a formidable target. Hardly unexpected given what has gone on over the previous three months. Australia complete a 3-0 T20 series whitewash to go with their 5-0 Ashes win and 4-1 ODI success. That's it for today and - if you're English - thankfully for the tour. If you stuck with it for this long, well done and enjoy what remains of the weekend...
Dernbach run out 1
Dernbach runs himself out to bring England's miserable tour to a fitting end. Jordan wasn't interested in coming back for a second - it was never on - but Dernbach kept coming anyway. He was out by yards after eventually making a token effort to turn around and go back. England all out for 111 in 17.2 overs, Australia win the match by 84 runs and the T20 series 3-0.
Over 17 - England 110-9 (Jordan 9, Dernbach 1)
Last man Dernbach gets off the mark by hitting a full toss just short of straight midwicket. Jordan drives a floated delivery later in Muirhead's over for four through the covers but then misses out on a short, wide one, toe-ending it into the covers.
Broad b Muirhead 2
Broad is bowled by a leg-spinner that comes back enough to beat his attempted pull.
Over 16 - England 104-8 (Jordan 2, Broad 4)
Jordan finally makes some contact, pulling a short ball from Coulter-Nile off his eyebrows for four. This game is long since over, it's just a question of whether Australia can take these final two wickets or can England bat out the overs?
Over 15 - England 99-8 (Jordan 0, Broad 1)
Broad opens his account with a single into the leg-side. Muirhead is an exciting prospect for Australia, he has the winning combination for a leg-spinner of turn and control. England require 97 from 30 balls...
Bresnan st Wade b Muirhead 14
Leg-spinner Muirhead is hit back over his head for six by an advancing Bresnan from the second ball of his spell but soon has his revenge, Bresnan stumped off the next delivery after a flighted delivery turned past the outside edge. Good work from Wade, had a bit to do.
Over 14 - England 92-7 (Bresnan 8, Jordan 0)
Bresnan slammed a drive for four to the leg-side of straight prior to Bopara's departure. New batsman Jordan is in behind his first ball with a text-book defensive shot on the back foot.
Bopara b Coulter-Nile 4
Bopara inside edges a drive into both pads and then looks back to watch the ball trickle onto the stumps. Just about sums up England's entire tour.
Over 13 - England 84-6 (Bopara 3, Bresnan 1)
Aside from Morgan's wicket, it's just singles in Cutting's over, both Bopara and new partner Bresnan get off the mark in that fashion.
Morgan c Starc b Cutting 34
Cutting picks up his first wicket via a good catch from Starc at fine-leg. Morgan skied a big heave and Starc took the catch just above the turf as he dived forward. Morgan hangs around for the third umpire to confirm the catch was clean (although this time there is no Michael Clarke to give him a volley of abuse for doing so). The catch was fine, Morgan hangs his head and walks off.
Over 12 - England 79-5 (Morgan 33, Bopara 0)
Bopara joins Morgan in the middle with England needing 117 from 48 balls. Good luck with that Ravi.
Buttler c Maxwell b Christian 8
Buttler becomes the latest England batsman (four out of five) to hole out to midwicket. This time Maxwell takes the catch. The square boundaries are much longer - by about 10 metres - than the straight ones at this ground. Not smart from England.
Over 11 - England 75-4 (Morgan 31, Buttler 6)
Morgan steps out to drive through the covers for four to start Maxwell's final over and finishes it with a dive into his crease for two. In between times it's just singles and dots. Maxwell completes figures of 2-31, he's raced through his spell.
Over 10 - England 67-4 (Morgan 24, Buttler 5)
Not long until Buttler brings the scoop/ramp out of the bag, finding the boundary over his left shoulder. He tries to repeat the dose from the final ball of Cutting's over but this time fails to make contact. Was lucky not to wear that in the face. England need 129 from the final 10 overs.
Over 9 - England 60-4 (Morgan 23, Buttler 0)
Cutting is having a night to remember, that's three catches already to go with his batting cameo. Root's exit brings Buttler and Morgan together, probably England's best two batsmen in this format.
Root c Cutting b Maxwell 11
The pressure was building on Root and it's no great surprise when he goes for a big pull from the final ball of Maxwell's third over but only succeeds in finding Cutting at straight midwicket, three-quarters of the way back.
Over 8 - England 53-3 (Root 9, Morgan 18)
Christian, another seamer, is into the attack. Morgan gets down on one knee to launch another six, this time behind square on the leg-side. England require 143 from 72 balls.
Over 7 - England 43-3 (Root 7, Morgan 10)
Root living dangerously against Maxwell's spin, fortunate not to be given out lbw after failing to connect with a reverse sweep. He then misses with a big heave and is almost bowled before finally making contact with another reverse sweep, only for a single. Morgan launches the final ball over long-off for England's first six. Went high and just had enough distance.
Over 6 - England 31-3 (Root 6, Morgan 1)
Cutting into the attack for the first time. Rare error from Australia in the field, Muirhead knocking the ball into the boundary ropes while making a diving effort to stop Root's pull. Morgan gets off the mark with a squirted inside edge into the leg-side for a single and, from the next ball, has to dive to regain his ground at the non-striker's end after Maxwell fields, pivots and fires in quick time.
Over 5 - England 25-3 (Root 1, Morgan 0)
Eoin Morgan comes out to keep Root company. England's required-rate is 11.40.
Stokes c Cutting b Maxwell 5
This is rapidly turning into another England shambles. The introduction of Maxwell's spin in the powerplay does the trick, Stokes advancing to drive before miscuing high in the air. Cutting takes a good catch on the off-side, it was swirling around.
Over 4 - England 19-2 (Stokes 0, Root 0)
Root joins Stokes in the middle and plays out his first three deliveries defensively. Both batsmen yet to get off the mark, England require 177 from 96 balls.
Hales c Muirhead b Coulter-Nile 6
Hales holes out to James Muirhead a few yards in from the midwicket boundary. Timed it too well if anything and Muirhead judged the catch well moving to his right.
Over 3 - England 15-1 (Hales 2, Stokes 0)
New batsman Stokes isn't happy with the signal of leg-byes after the final ball of Starc's over disappears to fine-leg for four. He is claiming he got some bat on it to no avail, he's still on nought.
Wright c Cutting b Starc 8
Wright is surprised by a short ball and pulls it straight to Cutting, stationed three-quarters of the way back at deep square-leg. Hardly had to move, just a couple of steps to his right.
Over 2 - England 9-0 (Wright 8, Hales 1)
Nathan Coulter-Nile makes a good start to his opening spell, stringing four dots together as Wright swings hard to no effect. Dropped! Wade fails to cling on to a thin edge from Wright down the leg-side and then, to rub it in, the final ball of the over is dispatched for four by Wright, helping a short one on its way.
Over 1 - England 5-0 (Wright 4, Hales 1)
Mitchell Starc takes the new ball for Australia and starts with an inswinger that Wright works into the leg-side for a single. Hales is also up and running with a single down to third-man. Wright turns one into two with some hard running after a turning a straight ball to square-leg and keeps the strike with a mis-hit to mid-on from the final delivery.
If you think England can pull this off, then get yourself over to Sky Bet as they make the tourists 4/1 to win at the halfway stage. Australia are 1/6 after that Bailey burst in the last over of their innings. Bopara is 9/1 in the England Most Runs market.
Thrill of the chase
After Dernbach's final-over meltdown (in fairness to him, it was excellent batting from Bailey) England need 196 to sign off their awful tour of Australia with a win. No waiting around in T20, England openers Hales and Wright are on the way to the middle...
Over 20 - Australia 195-6 (Bailey 49, Wade 19)
Dernbach takes the final over for England and it's total carnage. Bailey goes into his tennis repertoire with a couple of forehand swats down the ground - the first one goes for four on the leg-side, the second all the way for six over long-off. Dernbach's slower balls are being destroyed, the next one disappears back over his head for six. Dernbach tries a full-speed delivery but it doesn't make much difference, Bailey driving square to complete a 50-run stand with Wade from 22 balls. The next one goes for four as well! This time through the covers. Only a diving stop from Wright at third-man prevents a sixth boundary in the over. Buttler misses the stumps with his gloves when Bailey would have been run out coming back for two, instead Australia's T20 captain finishes unbeaten on 49 after taking 26 runs from a final over reading 4-6-6-4-4-2 in the scorebook.
Over 19 - Australia 169-6 (Bailey 23, Wade 19)
Bresnan digs the first delivery in and Wade pulls it flat for six to midwicket. Bresnan responds well, keeping to down to ones and twos for the remainder of the over to finish with figures of 1-42.
Over 18 - Australia 157-6 (Bailey 20, Wade 10)
Dropped! Wade skies a pull high in the air and Ravi Bopara, sprinting in off the midwicket fence, actually over-runs it and then can't hang on with a diving effort at the last moment. Tough chance. Wade rubs it in with a pulled four from the next ball as Dernbach drops it in short. Australia rolling again with 11 runs from the over, including a wide.
Over 17 - Australia 146-6 (Bailey 18, Wade 2)
Jordan gets it full and straight to restrict Bailey and Matthew Wade to ones and twos, finishing his four-over allocation with figures of 1-23.
Over 16 - Australia 139-6 (Bailey 13, Wade 0)
Australia's innings is in danger of disintegrating, 200 looked on the cards about 15 minutes ago when Cutting was swinging freely, England have fought back impressively. Broad finishes with 3-30 from his four overs.
Christian b Broad 0
Christian joins the procession, bowled via inside edge for a two-ball duck. Paid the price for playing with a crooked bat.
Hodge c Dernbach b Broad 7
Hodge fetches a short ball from Broad but only succeeds in hitting it straight down Dernbach's throat at fine-leg. Didn't have to move. Australia have lost 3-21 in 14 balls.
Over 15 - Australia 137-4 (Bailey 13, Hodge 5)
New batsman Brad Hodge opens his account by cutting for a single and picks up a lucky boundary later in Jordan's over, inside-edged past his leg-stump and wicketkeeper Buttler.
White c Buttler b Jordan 41
Tame end to White's 37-ball innings, caught behind by wicketkeeper Buttler down the leg-side from the opening ball of Jordan's new spell. Replays confirm that was an excellent decision from the umpire, spotted a little tickle from White's bat on the way through. England's appeal wasn't particularly convincing.
Over 14 - Australia 130-3 (White 41, Bailey 12)
New batsman Bailey is straight into his stride with a well-placed four between two fielders on the leg-side boundary and then a six to straight midwicket to finish Root's over.
Cutting c & b Root 29
England's decision to turn to Root's spin pays off immediately as a superb one-handed return catch gets rid of Cutting. Root made the grab in the fingers of his left hand and it was travelling.
Over 13 - Australia 117-2 (White 40, Cutting 29)
White greets Stokes' return to the attack with a lofted drive over long-on, top shot targeting the short boundary. Cutting goes inside-out over long-off for another six, that's the ninth maximum of the innings and Cutting's third in 14 balls.
Over 12 - Australia 104-2 (White 33, Cutting 23)
A Dernbach wide, too far outside off-stump, brings up Australia's 100. Cutting's leg-side hitting has put England under pressure. Good response from Dernbach with a yorker into the blockhole. Cutting swings a drive just to the leg-side of straight and Root on the boundary fails to cut it off (probably should have). Cutting is surprised by a 68.7mph slower ball, Dernbach rolled his fingers over it.
Over 11 - Australia 97-2 (White 32, Cutting 18)
Bresnan loses his line and White helps himself to couple of fours on the leg-side from the first two balls. Cutting leans back and swings a six over midwicket later in the over, the longest boundary on the ground and it carried comfortably.
Over 10 - Australia 79-2 (White 23, Cutting 8)
Dernbach into the attack for the first time with his old friend White on strike. White and Cutting happy to work the singles with the field spread far and wide
Over 9 - Australia 74-2 (White 19, Cutting 8)
Cutting is the new batsman, he's a clean striker of the ball according to Greg Blewett. Sub fielder Michael Lumb misses the stumps from backward point when a direct hit would have done for Cutting, who finishes Broad's over by lofting a six high and handsome over long-on. Had plenty of height and just enough distance.
Maxwell c Hales b Broad 14
One delivery after smashing Broad for six over square-leg, Maxwell holes out to Hales, who took a nice low catch after coming in off the long-on boundary.
Over 8 - Australia 59-1 (White 18, Maxwell 8)
Maxwell gives himself some room and belts a six over extra cover, travelled flat. That, plus a wide down the leg-side, are the only blemishes of an otherwise decent over from Stokes. Tricky pitch to bat on I'd say.
Over 7 - Australia 50-1 (White 17, Maxwell 1)
Glenn Maxwell - a man of many nicknames, my personal favourite being 'The Big Show' although others prefer 'The Million Dollar Man' - joins White in the middle and opens his account with a first-ball single into the leg-side.
Finch c Broad b Bresnan 30
Hales puts down a tough chance to get rid of Finch on the long-on boundary earlier in Bresnan's over before Broad takes a simple catch at midwicket to dismiss the same batsman next ball from a miscued pull. Undone by the slowness of the pitch, it just looped to Broad.
Over 6 - Australia 41-0 (White 15, Finch 24)
Stokes is into the attack for the final powerplay over, after this one the fielding restrictions are relaxed. Finch advances and shovels the first six of the match over square-leg for six, easily went the distance. Finch plays and misses with an attempt to loft an aerial drive but makes no mistake when given a second opportunity, clearing the long-on fence by some distance for his second six of the over.
Over 5 - Australia 27-0 (White 15, Finch 10)
Dropped! Finch is given a life by Jordan at midwicket in Bresnan's opening over. It was travelling and around head height but should have been taken, instead bursting through Jordan's hands. Tidy start from Bresnan, just singles.
Over 4 - Australia 24-0 (White 14, Finch 8)
The outfield at Stadium Australia is not the best, on the slow side, but Finch's pull still races away for four after Jordan digs in the first ball of the over. Finch steps away but misses with an attempted cut and then rotates the strike with an ugly swipe to midwicket. Wicketkeeper Jos Buttler saves four with an athletic diving stop down the leg-side via White's pad. Jordan has done well in his first two overs by following the batsmen as they back away to open the off-side, denying them the chance to free their arms.
Over 3 - Australia 17-0 (White 14, Finch 2)
White stands and delivers to dispatch the first boundary of the day back past Broad, wasn't really full enough for the shot but followed through anyway with the bottom hand. The next one is a short cross-seam delivery and White pulls with ease to the midwicket fence. This pitch is quite slow. Broad finishes an over costing 10 runs by passing Finch's outside edge with one that bounced and seamed away.
Over 2 - Australia 7-0 (White 5, Finch 1)
Not such a good start from Jordan, firing his first ball down the leg-side for a wide. White gets an inside edge into his pad from the next one, aiming a violent drive that would have gone a long way if he'd connected with the middle. More good fielding in the ring, this time Tim Bresnan with a diving stop to prevent a single. White gets a couple off his hip, Dernbach making good ground from fine-leg to prevent a boundary. The next one drops just short of Dernbach, White taking on the short ball and failing to get hold of it. Good finish to the over from Jordan, following Finch as he backed away looking to open up the off-side.
Over 1 - Australia 3-0 (White 2, Finch 1)
Skipper Broad takes the responsibility with the new ball and is right on the spot to Cameron White, just back of a length. Eoin Morgan makes a diving stop at backward point to save a run or two. White opens his account third ball with a push just wide of mid-off for a single. Aaron Finch follows suit with am driven single just to the leg-side of straight. White collects one to midwicket to complete an over costing three runs. Decent start from England.
"We've been fortunate throughout the trip to have played in amazing stadiums with great crowds," says Stuart Broad, a man who has been booed in all of them. England have made two alterations themselves - Ben Stokes and Chris Jordan - two fine performers in the ODI series - are in. Michael Lumb and James Tredwell are out. Luke Wright will open the batting, Broad confirmed.
Tails calls Stuart Broad. It's a head. We can't even win a toss now! George Bailey has decided to have a bat first. "I've been really happy with how we've played in the first couple of games," says Bailey. Despite being two from two so far, the hosts have bought in Ben Cutting and Dan Christian at the expense of Chris Lynn and Josh Hazlewood, two players who have impressed in this series.
Still, there is plenty to play for in Sydney. Limited-overs coach Ashley Giles is the man with most to gain or lose as, if he can oversee an upturn in results starting with a win today and continuing on the upcoming tour of West Indies and World Twenty20, his position to succeed Andy Flower as supremo in all formats would be secure. The opposite scenario is also possible. Several members of Giles' squad could well be playing for their immediate international futures and so, while on paper this is a dead rubber, it is unlikely to be contested as such. Australia's Test squad are already in South Africa, leaving George Bailey behind to lead a T20 side featuring a mix of young and old for whom Cameron White's batting has been a particular highlight, Jade Dernbach certainly seemed keen to tell White how well he had played at the end of Friday's match.
A tour that started what seems like several lifetimes ago with the chance of a fourth successive Ashes victory will end today with England seeking just their second win over Australia in 13 attempts across all formats. Even before the plane leaves for home, England have already lost their team director, premier spinner, No 3 lynchpin and the adverse results - 5-0 to Australia in the Tests, 4-1 in the ODIs and 2-0 down with today's match still to come in the T20s - could yet signal the end for either a) Alastair Cook as captain or b) Kevin Pietersen's international career.
The end is here. We face the final curtain. Sydney is the last stop for England on this hellish tour. Can they finish with a win? Has everyone stopped caring? Oh yeah, and they're looking for a new director of cricket, too.
- 2nd Feb 2014
- Teams will be announced at the toss
- Stadium Australia
- S D Fry, P Wilson
- TV Umpire
- J D Ward
- Match Referee
- A J Pycroft
- Reserve Umpire
- G A Abood
england BATTING CARD
|L.J. Wright||c Cutting b Starc||8|
|A.D. Hales||c Muirhead b Coulter-Nile||6|
|B.A. Stokes||c Cutting b Maxwell||5|
|J.E. Root||c Cutting b Maxwell||11|
|E.J.G. Morgan||c Starc b Cutting||34|
|J.C. Buttler||c Maxwell b Christian||8|
|R.S. Bopara||b Coulter-Nile||4|
|T.T. Bresnan||s Wade b Muirhead||14|
|C.J. Jordan||Not out||10|
|S.C.J. Broad||b Muirhead||2|
|J.W. Dernbach||run out (Christian)||1|
|Extras||2w, 2b, 4lb||8|
|Total||All Out, 17.2 Overs||111|