Australia continue England demolition
MELBOURNE: Australia continued England’s miserable tour with an emphatic eight-wicket victory to claim the Twenty20 series with a match to spare at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday.
England only posted 130 for nine after winning the toss and the home side coasted to victory with 5.1 overs left at 131 for two.
Skipper George Bailey clubbed an unbeaten 60 off just 28 balls with three sixes and seven fours, while opener Cameron White continued his magnificent series with 57 not out off 45 balls.
England will finish their troubled tour of Australia in Sydney on Sunday in the final dead rubber Twenty20 game after losing the Ashes 5-0 and the one-day series 4-1.
Fast-bowler Josh Hazlewood was named man-of-the-match with career-best Twenty20 figures of four for 30 in England’s innings, including two wickets with his last two balls.
“Australia outplayed us fantastically today [Friday],” said England skipper Stuart Broad. “They held the length pretty well and we didn’t react to that and the two needless run-outs hurt us in the middle which cost us getting a decent score.
“We need to get some momentum from somewhere. 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 have not [won] a series over here which is heart-breaking for Team England, but we can finish on a high before we fly two hours later.”
England ki theek shamat aayi hai
کہاں اتنی سزائیں تھیں بھلا اس زندگانی میں
ہزاروں گھر ہوئے روشن جو میرا دل جلا محسنؔ