Australia beats England posting third series win
MELBOURNE: Australia records an easy win in the second Twenty20 against England at Melbourne Cricket Ground cruising to the target of 131 in the 15th over with eight wickets in hand on Friday, ARY News reported.
England opts to bat first, but the day belongs to Australia as everything they did went right in this match, from sharp catches, run-outs and saves in the field to clean striking with the bat.
Wickets of English batsmen just kept falling, so many of them got the start but wasn’t able to carry on their inning, Alex Hales made a start – 16 off 13 balls – and then top-edged getting out at third men by Mitchell Starc.
Michael Lumb and Joe Root scored 18 each while wicket keeper batsmen Jose Butler posted 22 runs.
Lower order Tim Bresnan and Stuart Broad contributed well scoring 18 runs each.
The man, who did the main damage to England batting was Man of the Match Josh Hazlewood taking four wickets in his spell of 4 overs combined with highly encouraging return from injury for Mitchell Starc conceding just 19 runs and the maturity of legspinner James Muirhead, who bowled economically giving 17 runs and restricted England to 9 for 130.
Australian reply was perfect; Skipper George Bailey remained unbeaten on 60 from a remarkable 28 balls, with Cameroon White at the other end on 57 from 45.
The two took Australia home achieving target with 31 balls in spare at the loss of two wickets.
It was third consecutive series defeat for England on this tour followed by Test and ODI series.
Australia is now ahead of England on the ICC rankings in all three formats for the first time.
The teams swapped places after this result, with Australia moving up from eighth to sixth, and England falling from sixth to eighth.