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Australia gives England one more belting

By Chris Pike
2 February 2014 11:38PM EST

MERCIFULLY England's humiliating tour of Australia is over with yet another non-competitive performance in the final Twenty20 international on Sunday at ANZ Stadium.

England can now finally leave Australia's shores with the home national easily winning Sunday's final Twenty20 clash by 84 runs in Sydney.

That result means that Australia has beaten England in 12 of the 13 matches between the two nations this summer made up of 5-0 in the Test series, 4-1 in the one-day series and now 3-0 in the Twenty20 internationals.

England played like a team already half boarded their plane home on Sunday with Australia's Twenty20 captain George Bailey making 49 not out and smashing Jade Dernbach for 26 from the final over to get his country to 6-195 from the 20 overs.

England then never even looked like it wanted to come close in the run chase and eventually were bowled out for just 111.

Australia's Twenty20 captain Bailey won the toss and elected to bat first but it wasn’t he usual blistering opening from Victorian pair Cameron White and Aaron Finch.

It took until the 14th ball for the first boundary to come courtesy of White off Broad and until the 32nd delivery of the innings for the first six by Finch off Ben Stokes as the English bowlers, particularly Broad and Jordan, were doing a good job keeping things in track.

Finch slowly began to lift the scoring rate but the hard-hitter was out shortly after with the score 1-48 in the seventh over for 30 from 21 balls with his knock including three sixes.

Glenn Maxwell then strode to the crease and immediately made his intentions clear with two sixes, but he was just trying to hit everything for six and holed out for 14 off the bowling of Broad with Australia 2-65.

Ben Cutting was shifted up the order with the clear intention of trying to hit balls over the short straight boundaries and the Queenslander managed to do so three times on his way to 29 from 16 balls before falling to a brilliant caught and bowled to a clearly worn down Joe Root.

White only just managed to get his strike-rate ahead of a run a ball before he was out caught down the leg side off Jordan for 41 from 37 balls with Australia 4-130 in the 15th over with the total delicately balanced to either peter out to a below-par total or fire to a huge score with big hitting.

Brad Hodge didn’t quite come off making seven and then two balls later Dan Christian was out for a duck, but there was still time for Bailey to once again put England to the sword this summer.

Matthew Wade, who can consider himself lucky to still be picked ahead of Tim Paine, Sam Whiteman and Tim Ludeman in the absence of Brad Haddin, added a handy 19 from 10 balls but it was Bailey who was the star to close out Australia's final innings over the summer against England.

Even heading into the final over, Australia was only sitting on a moderate 6-169 but that soon changed with Jade Dernbach taking the ball for England.

Renowned as a death bowler, Dernbach showed none of those skills as Bailey hit him for a four, a six, a six, a four, a four and then a two that almost went to the boundary to take 26 off the final with Australia finishing the 20 overs on 6-195 to leave England deflated leaving the field.

Bailey finished his innings not out on 49 from just 20 balls with four boundaries and three sixes in a man-of-the-match performance that caps off a remarkable summer for the Tasmanian.

Bailey played in all five winning Tests against England, but that might be the only five Test matches of his career as he failed to fire and now he has led Australia to one-day wins with Michael Clarke not playing, and to three straight Twenty20 triumphs despite a hip complaint.

Broad has had a horror Australian tour with the bat but he has continued to lead the way with the ball finishing the final match with 3-30 from his four overs while Jordan took 1-23 from four, Bresnan 1-42 from four and Root 1-13 from four. Stokes and Dernbach had a total of 0-85 from seven though.

From the very outset of England's run chase it was clear the tourists were already half on their flight back home.

Mitchell Starc, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Ben Cutting all made sure the English batsmen couldn’t get going, but they certainly contributed to their demises yet again as well.

Despite Eoin Morgan making 34 from 20 balls with two fours and two sixes, England never looked likely of getting close to their target and never even looked like they wanted to, or cared.

Luke Wright made just eight, Alex Hales six, Stokes five, Root 11, Jos Buttler eight and Ravi Bopara four all without making an impression.

Nobody summed up England's tour more than Root. Full of confidence upon arriving in Australia and started the Tests batting at No. 6 before finishing at No. 3, and each match he played from November now up until February and he has fallen further and further back into his shell.

Whether it was simply from Australia's brilliant bowling to him, from the verbal barrage on the field or from over the fence thanks to Shane Warne's spot on comparison of him to Ellen DeGeneres, Root finished the tour clearly appearing like a man who has just endured the worst two months of his life.

He made a disastrously slow 11 from 21 balls in his final innings in Australia, and he won't be in a hurry to return.

In the end, England was bowled out for a paltry 111 in 17.2 overs with leg-spinner James Muirhead showing he has a big future claiming 2-13 from two overs with his big-spinning delivery to bowl Broad particularly exciting.

Coulter-Nile also took 2-21 while Glenn Maxwell claimed 2-31, Starc 1-8, Cutting 1-18 and Christian 1-14.

England will now be on the first flight home thanking the heavens to be out of Australia while the home nation's players will either head to South Africa to prepare for that Test series or come back to domestic duties either to prepare for the Sheffield Shield resumption, or for the Big Bash League finals.

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