Australia vs England 3rd T20: All-round Australia complete series whitewash

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Australia’s record throughout the entire series was 12-1

Australia completed their 3-0 series whitewash over England after they demolished their arch-rivals by 84 runs in the third and final Twenty20 International in Sydney.

Australia captain George Bailey was the standout performer with the bat as he smashed a quickfire 49, while the entire bowling attack worked as a cohesive unit to rip through England’s lacklustre batting line-up.

Bailey would have been content with his decision to bat first as the baggy greens’ opening pair of Aaron Finch and Cameron White put together a 48-run partnership before Finch was caught by England skipper Stuart Broad at mid-on off the bowling of Tim Bresnan for 30.

Glenn Maxwell only scored 14 runs before he was caught by Alex Hales at long-on off the bowling of Broad.

White and Ben Cutting stabilised the innings with a 53-run partnership before Cutting was brilliantly caught and bowled by Joe Root to be dismissed for 29.

White ended up making 41 off 37 balls, which included four boundaries and a six, before he was caught behind off the bowling of debutant Chris Jordan.

Brad Hodge failed to have much of an impact as he was caught by Jade Dernbach at long leg off the bowling of Broad for seven runs.

Broad struck again just two balls later when he clean bowled all-rounder Daniel Christian for a duck.

Bailey and wicketkeeper Matthew Wade amassed a 56-run partnership at a run rate of 14 to carry Australia to 195/6 at the end of their 20 overs.

Bailey finished on 49 off 20 balls, which included four boundaries and three sixes, while Wade remained undefeated on 19 off 10 deliveries, which included one boundary and a six.

Broad was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Jordan, Bresnan and Root all chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 196 to win, England got off to a poor start as opening batsman Luke Wright was caught by Cutting at deep square leg off the bowling of Mitchell Starc for eight runs.

Hales did not fare any better as he was caught by James Muirhead at deep square leg off the bowling of Nathan Coulter-Nile for six runs.

Ben Stokes only made five runs before he was caught by Cutting off the bowling of Maxwell.

Root scored 11 runs before he was caught by Cutting at deep midwicket off the bowling of Maxwell.

Wicketkeeper Jos Buttler only managed to muster eight runs before he was caught by Maxwell off the bowling of Christian.

Eoin Morgan made a quickfire 34 off 20 balls, which included two boundaries and two sixes, before he was caught by Starc at deep square leg off the bowling of Cutting.

Ravi Bopara only scored four runs before he was clean bowled by Coulter-Nile.

Bresnan made a quickfire 14 before he was stumped by Wade off the bowling of Muirhead.

Broad amassed two runs before he was cleaned up by Muirhead.

England’s horrendous tour of Australia finally came to an end when Dernbach was run out for one run.

England were bowled out for 111, leaving them 84 runs short of their target.

Coulter-Nile, Maxwell and Muirhead picked up two wickets apiece, while Starc, Cutting and Christian snapped up one wicket each.

Broad was extremely disappointed to have been whitewashed, and said: “It’s been good fun throughout the tour, we’ve been hugely disappointing, not at the races for three months but you have to give credit to Australia. We’ve got a two-week break at home and then go to the Caribbean but we know we’re a decent T20 side.

“We can now get together as a group for a decent period to work on specific things, improve and learn from this week. We’ve got a dangerous side. We’ve got to go to Bangladesh with confidence and hopefully we can get some momentum in the Caribbean.”

Bailey. who was named Man of the Match, was all smiles as he approached the podium and said: “We put in our best performance tonight,” he said. “Credit to the guys. I’ve had a few lucky nights but we’ve played good cricket. It will be difficult to pick a side now for the World T20 but it’s a nice problem to have.”

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