Australia v England: Second Twenty20 international, Melbourne, as it happened

Australia beat England by eight wickets in Melbourne to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the Twenty20 international series.

31 January 2014 Last updated at 07:59

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  1. 11:50: 

    And so ends another loss on this long, long tour of disappointment for England. The Test, one-day international and now T20 series have all been lost.

    They limp to Sunday's final T20 with 11 international defeats from 12. Can they get on the plane with a victory? Don't bet on it, but join us to find out.

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    James Gallagher: Remember, remember, the 21st November - when no one predicted, a total surrender. 5-0, 4-1, 3-0?

    Howard Horner: Stuart Broad described this England team as 'scary' and he's right. It is.

  3. 11:44: 

    Australia captain George Bailey: "Another great performance with the ball really set the game up.

    "I hoped the crowd appreciated Brad Hodge opening the bowling - we thought they'd be expecting Glenn Maxwell so we wanted to make it a surprise.

    "We've upped our work-rate in terms of our fielding and it's coming to fruition. James Muirhead bowled beautifully in his second game."

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    Alfred, at work: Oh right so we are blaming a bowler for another failure with the bat. Logical. Twenty20 is extremely batsman friendly - George Bailey is getting runs. (I must stress Jade still needs to head back to county cricket for a long time).

    Laurie in Lytham: Just get on the plane, you lot... any plane, anywhere. You're a shambles!

  5. 11:42: 

    England captain Stuart Broad: "We are disappointed, but we have to give credit to Australia because they outplayed us.

    "The two needless run outs hurt us, they cost us getting a decent score.

    "The top five haven't found it easy but Australia have bowled fantastically well. We've not clicked, but it's not just the batting. We didn't bowl well.

    "The opening bowlers have to set the tone - I didn't do that, and Jade didn't do that.

    "It's been a long 100 days in Australia, but we want to leave with a win."

  6. 11:41: 

    Man of the match Josh Hazlewood: "I wouldn't say I love bowling at the death yet, but it's improving every game. With the Test team away, I'm trying to make the most of it. There's plenty of cricket coming up, and first of all, staying on the park's the key. To be a part of what's happened this summer is unreal."

  7. 11:40: 

    Australia pacer Josh Hazlewood is named man of the match for his figures of 4-30.

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    Luco Carter: Send them all home, every display has been awful. Only good players have been Morgan and Buttler. Get Dernbach out, and put Stokes in. Then we can win again.

    Mike Flint: England's consistent form down under marred only by that one result in the 4th ODI.

    Frank Smith: Dernbach wouldn't get a sniff if he played for Notts or Derbyshire. His bad performances far outrank the good ones.

  9. 11:39: 

    To reiterate, England have lost by eight wickets with 31 balls to spare. What is close to England's best T20 side (minus Kevin Pietersen), England have been absolutely gubbed by an experimental Australia team. A disastrous tour gets even worse.

    John Emburey, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's worth noting that these Australian international players go back and play Twenty20 cricket for their franchises, England's don't always do so."

  11. 11:32: 

    Amazingly, Jade Dernbach was still going at Cameron White as the players shook hands. What on earth could he be saying? England have just been thrashed, again, and he has gone all around the park. If I was White, I'd be telling Jade to look at the scorebook.

    John Emburey, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "What's been impressive has been the maturity from Australia - they haven't taken too many risks at any stage. England's openers Hales and Lumb contributed to their own downfalls, while the run-outs of Morgan and Root were the catalyst for the middle order disappearing. Cameron White came in and played some orthodox shots, while George Bailey totally took the initiative away from England. It's been lovely to watch, but not if you're an Englishman. They've been totally outplayed, they have to go away and reassess the way they approach the game."

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  13. 11:31: 

    Just like in the Tests and ODIs, Australia win the series at the earliest possible opportunity. Overall, they are 11-1 up against England in 12 games across three formats.

  14. 14.5 overs: 

    There it is. Captain George Bailey finishes it by sweeping for four. Australia get home with 31 balls to spare. In T20 cricket, that is an absolute hammering.


    N-Dobz: There's no need to get personal towards Jade Dernbach - he doesn't pick himself - but his figures don't lie. Someone in that selection committee needs to put a stop to this hideous experiment before the World Cup.

    Richard: This surely has to be Dernbach's denouement? Hopeless!

  16. 14.4 overs: 
    Aus 127-2

    Four for White off Tredwell, then a dance by Bailey for another boundary over cover. Four to win...

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    Mike Fisher: Dernbach out, Stokes in, job done

    Charles Isere: Bailey should retire with 15 runs left to get and let Hodge bat. Can you imagine the impact on Eng's confidence?

  18. 14 overs: 
    Aus 118-2 (target 131)

    I'm being told that, in this series, Jade Dernbach has figures of 1-92 from seven overs. Ouch. Amazingly, Bailey has caught up with opener White, the skipper scoring at a strike-rate of 200. Only 13 needed. One more over? Two?

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    Dale Gosling: Jade Dernbach, Worst bowler, worst haircut, worst tattoos... I'd fancy Darren Gough to be a better bowler than him even now!

    Patrick Buxton: Surely Dernbach's last game. Has Giles brought anything to this squad?

    Rob Thomas: Dernbach's bowling sponsored by Bertie Bassett.

  20. 13.2 overs: 
    50 for George Bailey- Aus 116-2

    How has George Bailey got to fifty so quickly? Cut for four off Bopara, the half century reached in only 24 balls, five fours and three sixes. Next ball, he drills straight back at the bowler, but the catch is dropped. Brad Hodge must wait, perhaps indefinitely.

    John Emburey, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's been tough for England in all formats this winter, but they've just got to keep battling away. White's been happy in these last few overs just to punch the singles and let Bailey get on with it, but White is going to finish this match."

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  22. 13 overs: 
    Aus 111-2 (need 20 from 42 balls)

    George Bailey wants this one done quickly. In the style of his lookalike Paul Collingwood, he loves to hit the off-spinner over long-on. He goes to the well once more, dancing and lofting miles into the crowd. Only 20 needed. It won't be long.

  23. 12.3 overs: 
    50 for Cameron White- Aus 103-2

    Cameron White completes his second fifty in as many knocks with a tickle off Tredwell. Only 38 balls, eight fours. He might just be getting himself on the plane to the World T20.

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    Stephen Sharpe: Still veteran Hodge to come in...some of his IPL performances over the years have been miraculous.

    Geoff Spencer: At the moment England couldn't win an argument. Dernbach is in no position to have a go at White.

    Jason 'Arkaim': Dernbach shouldn't be playing for England. Offering nothing here and useless with the bat too. Must be somebody better suited.

  25. 12 overs: 
    Aus 100-2 (target 131)

    Has Jade Dernbach not been watching this game? Length, or just back of it, has been the area to bowl. Jade, though, has other ideas, and prefers to bang it in halfway down. Twice Bailey goes on the pull, twice finding the boundary. Then, when Dernbach overpitches, Bailey can drive through the off side for another four. 18 come from the over, Dernbach has 0-42 off three. Will we see him in an England shirt again soon?

    John Emburey, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Bailey really got hold of that. I've never seen a ball hit that far in all the years I've watched cricket at the MCG, it went a long way back and almost went into the first tier. But it was a good cricket shot as well - hitting straight through the line off the middle of the bat. While Bailey has felt uncomfortable against the pace of Stuart Broad, he's not done so against Dernbach."

  27. 11.1 overs: 
    Aus 88-2

    Does Stuart Broad have somewhere to be? I can't think of another reason to get Jade Dernbach back into the attack. First ball, Bailey planting the front dog, huge six over long on.

    John Emburey, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Broad's bowling very aggressively as he realises England need wickets at this stage. George Bailey's playing the short ball awkwardly but he's still there."

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  29. 11 overs: 
    Aus 82-2 (need 49 from 54 balls)

    You could say that everything is going against England. Then again, you could also argue that Australia have earned any luck they get. Stuart Broad is back, roaring in at decent pace, prising a poor pull shot from Bailey. Top edge, but over the leap of wicketkeeper Jos Buttler for four. Brad Hodge is the next man in and, when he pokes his head from the dugout, gets a massive cheer from his home crowd. He's a Victorian!


    Derry Bannister: Tim Bresnan is bowling the best I have seen him bowl, this is why I am such a big fan of Bresnan.

    Jack, Leeds: My advice to Dernbach? Go back to Surrey and never play for England again, you're an embarrassment.

  31. 10 overs: 
    Aus 76-2 (need 55 from 60 balls)

    Ravi Bopara on to bowl his all-sorts under the lights that tower high into the Melbourne night. Bopara is nothing more than gentle medium - with plenty of slower balls thrown in - but keeper Jos Buttler is back, which I'm told the bowler prefers. Good from Ravi, a couple of back-of-the-handers before a quicker in-ducker. Five singles from it - would be an even better over had England got a decent score on the board.

  32. 9 overs: 
    Aus 71-2 (need 60 from 66 balls)
    Cameron White and Jade Dernbach

    Still Tredwell and still Dernbach has a chirp at Cameron White. If you've gone for 24 in two overs, you need more front than Blackpool to keep mouthing off at the bloke who has smashed you all around Melbourne. Oh, hello George Bailey. Dance at Tredwell, lofted towards long on. There's a man out there, but he'll need to be 15 rows back to catch it in the crowd.

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    Chris Young: Cricket Maths 101: The mouthiness of a bowler is inversely proportional to the number of runs conceded.

    Mark: Dernbach is never an international bowler his changes of pace don't seem to effect how quickly the ball flies off the bat.

  34. 8 overs: 
    Aus 62-2 (need 69 from 72 balls)

    This really is fantastic bowling from Tim Bresnan. Line on and around off stump, just back of a length, with the odd short ball thrown in. New man George Bailey scampers well to get a couple to fine leg, but there's no sign of a boundary. With the rest of the attack going around the park, Bresnan has conceded only 11 from three overs.

  35. 6.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Maxwell c Bresnan b Tredwell 2 (Aus 53-2)

    It may be a standard rule of rigid limited-overs captaincy to introduce a spinner as soon as fielding regulations are lifted, but it's got England another wicket. James Tredwell on with his off-breaks, Glenn Maxwell needlessly pulling to Tim Bresnan at deep square leg. A sniff for England? Probably not.

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    Fenners: Jade Dernbach has many variations of the ball going into the crowd.

    Steve Moore: If Ashley Giles really is the alternative, suddenly I'm relieved that Andy Flower's staying on.

  37. 6 overs: 
    Aus 50-1 (Bresnan 1-3 off 2)

    Glenn Maxwell arrives at three as replays confirm that the Finch dismissal would have gone over the top. The disposed batsman sits on the Aussie bench, face as happy as a bulldog chewing a wasp. After a delay for beach balls floating behind the sightscreen, Bresnan continues his masterclass of length control, almost doing for Maxwell with the surprise bumper.

  38. 5.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Finch lbw Bresnan 10 (Aus 48-1)
    Tim Bresnan appeals for the wicket of Aaron Finch

    Ooohhh, England might have a gift here. Tim Bresnan pins Aaron Finch in front, it looks high but the finger is up. Finch can't believe and there's boos around the MCG. Bresnan, though, is screaming in delight. I want to share his joy, but I can't see it making a difference to the result.

    Isa Guha, Ex-England seamer on BBC Test Match Special

    "Dernbach really is trying everything, the slower ball, the shorter one, but this is too easy for the Australian batsmen at the moment."

  40. 5 overs: 
    Aus 48-0 (need 83 off 90 balls)
    Cameron White

    Broad withdraws himself, switching Dernbach's end. Now, we've seen in the past two overs that length can keep this pair quiet. Is Dernbach up to the task? No, he isn't. Slower ball, too full, driven straight by White. Short, twice, both cut by the right-hander. Three boundaries. Pressure relieved, Dernbach now having a chirp at White. My advice to you, Jade? Pipe down and bowl line and length.

  41. 4 overs: 
    Aus 36-0 (target 131)

    Tim Bresnan on in place of Dernbach, and he too finds the right length in the early part of the over. Four balls, only one from it. Can he complete? Fifth ball good, pressure building, "yes, no" from Finch, White has to turn and is almost run out. Bresnan completes a very good set, only the one from it.

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    Robin Gray: How can people like Wright, Lumb and Hales be heroes not one week ago in the Big Bash but up against Oz they're rabbits!

    Neil Etherington: Cameron White takes nine deliveries to score more than any English batsman could manage in their innings. OUCH!

  43. 3 overs: 
    Aus 35-0 (need 96 from 17 overs)

    Broad leaps in to Finch, whose built more like a front-row than an opening bat. Broad has corrected his length, keeping Finch quiet for at least a little while as what looks like 12th-man Danny Briggs takes some stick from the home fans on the third-man boundary. When Broad goes full, Finch batters through mid on for four. Then short, with Finch hooking to the fence. What was wrong with length?

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    Jamie Walton: Not since Graham Taylor picked Carlton Palmer and refused to pick Chris Waddle have I ever felt so low about a sport.

    Howard Horner: Hadn't we all decided years ago that Dernbach wasn't international standard? Where is Jordan? Where is Tymal Mills?!

  45. 2 overs: 
    Aus 25-0 (target 131)

    This is men against boys. Jade Dernbach to share the new ball, White leaning back to play the most beautiful back-foot drive through the off side for four. Too short from Dernbach, White pulling for four, then a couple. By the time Finch gets on strike, White already has 24 from 11 balls.

    Isa Guha, Ex-England seamer on BBC Test Match Special

    "Australia know how much they need to get but they'll still be making use of the powerplay."

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  47. 1 overs: 
    Aus 13-0 (target 131)

    This could be over quickly. Three boundaries fly from White's blade in the first over. A drive over the covers, a deft late cut, then a savage pull. This could (if it isn't already), be one-sided shellacking.

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    Alan Compton: Maxwell could reverse sweep to this total himself.

    Kirstie: I wouldn't mind if England just walked off the pitch and went straight to the airport now. I just want it to be over.

    Mark Jones: Dernbach to get 5/19 & save the day... must dash now, as I have to stop yet another pig from nesting in my chimney.

  49. 10:26: 
    The MCG

    England, looking like a bunch of Mario brothers in their red pyjamas and blue caps, go into the obligatory huddle as Aaron Finch and Cameron White stride past. Stuart Broad has the ball, White is on strike. England need wickets. The crowd roars, expecting an Aussie win. Let's find out.

  50. 10:23: 

    Is there any way England can get back into this? Might it be one of those low-scoring, exciting, nip-and-tuck T20 runchases? Or is it inevitable that Australia will canter home?

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    From Jim in Leicester: This tour has been such a shambles of a farce of a disaster it almost warrants an open-top bus parade all of its own. Partly in recognition of the record (and hopefully never to be repeated) lows to which English cricket has slumped, and partly to allow the public the chance of some much needed catharsis in the form of hurling rotten veg at all those involved. Maybe then we could all move on.

  52. 10:21: 

    This is a very long break - are they keeping the batsmen in the dressing room so the match doesn't finish too early?

    John Emburey, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "To me at times it's a bit of a lottery with the England batsmen, whereas the Australians play the ball with good, orthodox shots."

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  54. 10:16: 

    England are out loosening up, perhaps wondering how they can stop Aaron Finch and Cameron White from knocking these off in 10 overs. The MCG announcer is getting very excited about something. Can we turn the volume down?

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    David McQueen: Highest score chased at MCG in T20 Internationals 135. Chance?

    Tom Spencer: Dear Ashley Giles. Please find enclosed your P45. Yours sincerely, every England cricket fan.

    John Emburey, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "England lost wickets consistently and I suppose the recover to 130 they would have to settle for that. You'd say Australia would be red hot favourites to win the game but it just takes one or two wickets to change that."

  57. 10:09: 
    Eng 130-9

    The deck is a little sluggish, but it's hard to think that a target of 131 will trouble Finch, White et al. It looks likely that England will lose a third series down under, and an 11th game from 12 overall.

    John Emburey, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "England went hard at the top of the order which you would expect and were prepared to lose early wickets but the two run-outs held them back a little bit."

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  59. 20 overs: 
    WICKET- Tredwell b Hazlewood 0 (Eng 130-9)
    James Tredwell is bowled

    Oh dear. Swing from Tredwell, no bat, stumps akimbo. England end their 20 overs on 130-9. Surely that's not enough?

  60. 19.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Bresnan b Hazlewood 18 (Eng 130-8)
    Tim Bresnan

    Tim Bresnan, you're a hitter, not a scooper. Pre-meditated, stumps everywhere. Stand of 34 - the best of the innings - ends. One to go. James Tredwell on strike.

  61. 19.4 overs: 
    Eng 130-7

    Bodies flying all over the MCG. After a Bresnan biff downtown for four, more diving is needed to help Broad complete three from a squirt to point.

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    David McQueen: What has Giles done to deserve this job. We're quickly turning in to a joke in all forms.

    Neil Worrall: This tour can be summed up in one word:Superaussiesgoballisticenglandareatrocious.

  63. 19.1 overs: 
    Not out- Eng 122-7

    Made it. Two diving batsmen, both home.

  64. 19.1 overs: 
    Third umpire- Eng 121-7

    All happening in one ball. Swing from Broad, just pulled in at long-off. Broad scampering at the non-striker's end, throw then to striker's end, where Bresnan is diving. Look again...

  65. 19 overs: 
    Eng 118-7 (run-rate 6.21)

    What a brilliant set from Mitchell Starc. It's the 19th over of a T20, yet he's managed to only go for three singles. He departs with 1-19 from his four overs. England are likely to be way short here.

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    Apple Core: Not even Gerard Buttler led his group to victory!

    Billy Peat: Where is KP to blame for this shocking England performance.

    Richard Powell: Now the T20 team take English cricket to a new low. Not an ounce of composure or ability.

  67. 18.3 overs: 
    Eng 115-7

    Mitchell Starc is toying with Broad here. Length, three big swings, no sign of willow on leather...

    John Emburey, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Another 20 runs off two overs max, so 135 I think. Any more would be a bonus."

  69. 18 overs: 
    Eng 115-7 (Bresnan 12, Broad 10)

    The most disappointing thing about this England batting display is the attack they have wilted to. Not one of these bowlers came close to playing an Ashes Test - Hodge and White are barely bowlers and Muirhead has only two first-class games to his name. In fact, all of Australia's best bowlers are now in South Africa preparing for the Test series there. Coulter-Nile is banging it into Broad, who gets on the hook for four. 10 from it, two overs to go.

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    James Sutton: Absolute train wreck once again, why do we even hope?

    Dave Love: Frankly, there's just too much England cricket - everyone is tired and fed up.

  71. 17 overs: 
    Eng 105-7 (run-rate 6.18)

    Somehow, Broad finds the boundary, off what I think is an inside edge on to thigh, then past the dive of wicketkeeper Matthew Wade. Left-armer Mitchell Starc adjusts his length to either very full or very short and, from there, keeps Bresnan quiet. The 'G is getting close to busting, but, without a late England flurry, this crowd will be in the Crown Casino early on this Friday night.


    From Jonathan: In completing the first run when running a two, the batsman doesn't need to have his bat grounded for any particular duration of time. He could bounce his bat over the crease as he turns for the second if he wants to. So why on earth is a batsman not 'home' for the purposes of a run out when the bat bounces?

  73. 16 overs: 
    Eng 99-7

    England skipper Stuart Broad said the batting line-up was "scary" before the first T20. It's been scary for lovers of England success. Batting at nine, he's in with almost a fifth of the innings to go. England would do well to get to 140 here. Aaron Finch and Cameron White could gobble this up.

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    Davdi Longley: If England had got into a winning position when Bopara was batting on Wednesday, he would have got out. Can't handle pressure.

  75. 15.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Buttler lbw Coulter-Nile 22 (Eng 96-7)
    Nathan Coulter-Nile dismisses Jos Buttler

    And another goes! Joe Buttler is playing across the line (yes, another England batsman is playing across one) to be pinned leg before by Nathan Coulter-Nile. The last of the recognised batsmen goes, the England bench looks like a bunch of blokes in fancy dress miserably waiting for a cancelled train. Any chance of a competitive score?

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    Charles Isere: Root just scored 18 with a strike rate of 129. 1 bad decision (his run out) & idiots saying he's not a cricketer? Grow up.

    Barneystrouble: You know you've failed when Bresnan COULD bat for 40% of your innings.

  77. 15 overs: 
    Eng 96-6 (Muirhead 1-16)

    Is there any spinner that England don't turn to jelly against? James Muirhead still needs a note from his mum to get out of PE, yet here he's going through the repertoire to stop England from hitting it off the square. Leggies, toppers, drift, turn. Only one from the over as England heave, swipe and eventually pull out the forward defence. He leaves the attack with figures off 1-16 from four.

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    Sheapdowg: Never mind Jos Buttler, he'd need to be more like Gerrard Buttler in the film 300 to lead this group to a possible victory.

  79. 14 overs: 
    Eng 94-6 (run-rate 6.79)

    Josh Hazlewood back as the floodlights really take effect in dusky Melbourne. Decent length from the right-armer, enough to keep Buttler honest. A tough time for Buttler, does he have to keep the shots in the locker for a little while? If he goes, England might not bat out the 20. Since the seventh over, Buttler is the only man to have found the boundary.

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    Matthew Coote: I know England have been terrible and have picked the wrong team. But they have been hard done by over some umpiring decisions.

    Matt Barron: I imagine Finch will knock these runs off by himself in the space of 10 overs. This has been shocking from England.....again

  81. 13 overs: 
    Eng 92-6

    Once again, Tim Bresnan is asked to bat much earlier than is good for him or the England team. He's in decent nick, though, Tim, and is away with two on the leg side, then cuts for three on the off. How many do England need to be competitive? 150 minimum is my guess.

    Tim Bresnan
    Isa Guha, Ex-England seamer on BBC Test Match Special

    "He can't believe it, Ravi Bopara, straight into the hands of Maxwell. You have to say that was a bit of a gift."

  83. 12.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Bopara c Maxwell b Muirhead 6 (Eng 87-6)
    James Muirhead celebrates dismissing Ravi Bopara

    Ravi Bopara's reprieve lasted all of one legal delivery. After a wide, he goes on the sweep, top-edging to Glenn Maxwell at deep square leg. If anyone finds a set of wheels, please return to the England dugout. They were last seen falling off this red tricycle.

  84. 12.1 overs: 
    Not out- Eng 86-5

    Ravi Bop has the big toe back before the bails were ungrooved, so we move on. There's turn out there, and this young fella Muirhead looks the business.

  85. 12.1 overs: 
    Third umpire- Eng 86-5

    Muirhead rips a leggie past Bopara's grope, Wade has the bails off. Appeal. Someone wake the third umpire up...

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    Darren Hall: Why can't the selectors see that Root is not a T20 player. Ben Stokes must be bemused watching this.

    Mark Poole: Every spinner England faces they manage to play them like they are facing Shane Warne. Cameron White is not him.

    Zak Millington: Wade isn't a very good wicketkeeper. Never mind the drop, he's barely collected a throw cleanly.

  87. 12 overs: 
    Eng 86-5 (Buttler 21, Bopara 6)

    Back to pace in the shape of Nathan Coulter-Nile with Jos Buttler again on the pull on this Friday evening in Melbourne. Four to the score. I'm getting a bit of stick over the Morgan decision, with some saying that he shouldn't have been given out because his bat was grounded over the line before it bounced. As far as I know, the Laws don't allow for bouncing bats. If it's in the air, you're out.

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    David McGregor: Why? Why would you just give away your wicket like that? A single run out is bad enough, two is unforgiveable!

    Tom Featherby: Such a frustrating line-up for the cricket... performance as expected so far.

  89. 11 overs: 
    Eng 78-5 (run-rate 7.09)
    Jos Buttler

    Hold the front page, England have finally found the fence. Cameron White's whipped action produces a long-hop, which Jos Buttler pulls through cow corner. Music plays, the rapidly filling MCG dances. On the England bench, Stuart Broad waits, padded up, a blue jumper covering his reds. Must be chilly.

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    Harry Cunningham: Re: Nick Friend (4th over): yes, but don't take any wickets or you'll be over qualified for the position. And yet another failure from Michael Lumb. He is simply not an international opener. Averages less than 20.

    Gideon Thomas: In all forms of the game this tour, England players just don't seem that bothered. This is abject.

  91. 10 overs: 
    Eng 70-5 (run-rate 7.00)

    It's the 10th over of a T20 game, there's a leg-spinner with only one previous game to his name, and Australia are confident enough to post a slip. It's loopy from Muirhead, only singles from England. No sixes so far, no boundary for nearly four overs.

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    Sam Rosser: Truly pathetic cricket from Joe Root.

    JeffH: Admit it, It's like watching the Keystone Cops.

  93. 9 overs: 
    Eng 66-5

    The Root run out stopped me from telling you that Cameron White was into the attack. How often do you see two leggies bowling in tandem in T20 cricket. Is it a slowish deck? Maybe. There's some turn. Ravi Bopara the new man, and there's not much batting to come.

    Isa Guha, Ex-England seamer on BBC Test Match Special

    "What a piece of athleticism from Maxwell, as he picked it up he was off balance but he was still able to get enough power in the throw, excellent stuff from Australia."

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  95. 8.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Root run out 18 (Eng 63-5)
    Joe Root is run out

    Dear oh dear, England are in all sorts of trouble here. Again it's Aussie brilliance that does for a man in red, but was there ever two there? It's Joe Root who goes, run out at the non-striker's end by Glenn Maxwell, who swooped, collected the ball and returned it all in one motion. So far short was Root that a direct hit wasn't required. Miles out, despite the dive.

  96. 8.3 overs: 
    Third umpire- Eng 63-4

    And another? Joe Root diving, but looks gone...

  97. 8 overs: 
    Eng 59-4 (run-rate 7.50)

    I can't agree with either Eoin Morgan or Isa Guha there. Had Morgan's bat not bounced as he dived, then he would have been well home. In fact, the whole of the blade and most of the handle were over the line, but, crucially, in the air. Jos Buttler joins in at number six as Australia introduce young leggie James Muirhead to the attack. Slip in, five singles and a wide from it.

    Isa Guha, Ex-England seamer on BBC Test Match Special

    "England in some serious bother, I thought it was a really close decision, Eoin Morgan is not happy with it, shaking his head. I thought there was enough benefit of the doubt."

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  99. 7 overs: 
    WICKET- Morgan run out 6 (Eng 55-4)
    Eoin Morgan is run out

    Can you believe this? What a huge blow for England, but what brilliance from Brad Hodge. Joe Root pushed into the off side and set off, Hodge moved to his left in the covers and got the ball away quickly. Morgan did the right thing by diving and would have been home had his bat not bounced off the turf. As it was, the blade was in the air when the ball hit the stumps, and Morgan was an inch short. Big moment.

  100. 7 overs: 
    Third umpire- Eng 55-3

    Has Brad Hodge done it again? Direct hit, Eoin Morgan diving. Home?

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    Jack Waldis: I'm a big fan of Luke Wright... Until he's in an England shirt. Very rarely bats to his potential at international level.

    Danny Bushell: England need to learn how to bat in power plays, in T20s and ODIs we seem incapable.

  102. 6 overs: 
    Eng 48-3 (run-rate 8.00)

    John Emburey beats me to the punch in telling you that Eoin Morgan is the new man in. A single, before Root square-drives for four. The man who needs ID to buy wine at the supermarket looks in good touch. Powerplay done, expect spin for a while.

    John Emburey, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "The England batsmen are chasing the runs here, one could say a bit reckless. Eoin Morgan now comes to the crease, one of the more dynamic of England's players, and it will be interesting to see how he goes about building his innings."

  104. 5.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Hales c Starc b Hazlewood 16 (Eng 42-3)
    Alex Hales

    Oh Alex Hales, this isn't great. Actually, it's pretty poor from the man ranked as the best T20 batsman in the world. After an aerial drive over cover for four, Hales heaves across the line to Josh Hazlewood, getting only a leading edge that flies high to Mitchell Starc at third man. First Lumb, now Hales, have gone to cross-bat shots. Yes, it's T20, but surely some straight hitting is the way to go?


    From Dylan: Stokes? A rest?! Is there any international sport as easy as T20? Bowl 4 overs max, field for the equivalent of one test match session, then bat for about 20 minutes depending on where you are in the order. Debate Stokes's inclusion on merit, but it's laughable to claim a 22 year old man needs a rest after doing nothing for 5 days.

  106. 5 overs: 
    Eng 38-2 (Hales 12, Root 8)

    Joe Root, perhaps under a little pressure after a poor tour, is the new man, biffing his first two balls for four. The first is a wide long hop that he cuts, the second a long half-volley that goes through the covers.

    John Emburey, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Unfortunately he wasn't able to keep the ball on the ground and Brad Hodge takes an excellent catch there. That is potentially a big loss. You've got to keep the momentum going. It's early days yet, there is a lot of depth in this batting."

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  108. 4.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Wright c Hodge b Starc 0 (Eng 30-2)
    Brad Hodge and Mitchell Starc

    What a catch! It's the old-timer, Brad Hodge, taking an absolute screamer to send Luke Wright on his way for a blob. Wright has absolutely mullered a drive off Mitchell Starc but Hodge, the 39-year-old, dives low to his left at short extra cover to take the ball in both hands just above the grass. Brilliant. England wobbling.

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    James Boswell: People need to understand Test and one day matches come before T20, glad they've left the big guns out to rest for those.

    Nick Friend: If I develop a back-of-the-hand slower ball, will I be as qualified as Jade Dernbach to play international cricket?

  110. 4 overs: 
    Eng 30-1 (run-rate 7.50)

    Luke Wright is the new man, playing on the home ground of his Big Bash team, Melbourne Stars. He's at the other end as Hales tucks into a long hop, pulling square for four.

    John Emburey, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Michael Lumb had batted very well, he's a very positive cricketer. Alex Hales has found it more difficult to get the ball through the field but it has to be said he's had less of the strike."

  112. 3.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Lumb c Coulter-Nile b Hazlewood 18 (Eng 24-1)
    Josh Hazlewood celebrates a wicket

    Once again, a promising England start is halted. Michael Lumb is moving towards new bowler Josh Hazlewood, looking to hit a length ball into the Yarra. He only succeeds in sending it straight up, miles high. It would have been six in Hobart, but instead falls into the hands of Nathan Coulter-Nile at mid on.

    John Emburey, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It looks as though the Australians are bowling full and a bit wider to Hales, because if he doesn't get on top of it the ball goes aerial."

  114. 3 overs: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Eng 24-0

    The 'G is filling up nicely - there's not many empty blue seats facing Mitchell Starc as the left-armer begins his loose-limbed run-up. Full length...Hales charging...slice towards point...dropped by Glenn Maxwell. Oh dear, that's a dolly. Knee-high, both hands to it, but on the turf. Skipper Bailey can't look at Maxwell, with salt applied to wounds with Hales' hoick through cow for four.

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    Dennis Ethan: People need to stop moaning about the absence of Ben Stokes. The lad needs a rest and it's time to believe in Broad's players.

    Robert Taylor: Why is Jade Dernbach still playing international cricket? Distinctly average at county level and gets pongo at international.

  116. 2 overs: 
    Eng 18-0 (Hales 1, Lumb 17)

    Nathan Coulter-Nile to share the new ball, generating pace and hoop back into leftie Lumb as a beach ball finds its way to the mid-off region. A cuddly steward in yellow sprints to retrieve. Wide from NCN, carved over point for four by Lumb, who then brutalises a pull shot past mid-on for another fence-rattler. Good start by England.

    John Emburey, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special
    Brad Hodge bowls

    "Brad Hodge a very occasional bowler, giving it a little too much width. The great thing is the England batsman have sent a message out saying 'what are you doing bowling this guy?'"

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  118. 1 over: 
    Eng 10-0

    Opening with a single over of spin in T20 cricket is a decent idea - you can almost rush through a set before the batsmen have noticed. It's arguably a better ploy against historical spinophobes England, but it's not one that has worked here for the Aussies. Hodge is around the wicket, but hammered through point then swept by Lumb for back-to-back boundaries.

    John Emburey, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I'm really pleased for Brad Hodge, he's entertaining, great to watch and he does produce match winnings innings. He's got his opportunity because some of the team have already arrived in South Africa so I'm glad the selectors have been open minded with their policy."

  120. 08:36: 

    The Aussies, in their very, very dark green are first on to the 'G entering via a red carpet that matches the colour of England's pyjamas.

    The lanky Alex Hales and muscular Michael Lumb open the innings - it will be Hales on strike to, erm, Brad Hodge.

    I thought he was in for his batting, not his off-breaks?

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    Adz: What does Joe Root have to do to get dropped.. Bats too slow for T20 and way out of form but then again Ben Stokes is too isn't he?(!)

    Harry Cunningham: Lumb, Wright, Dernbach... it's like we've learned nothing. Broad to defend Stokes omission...again...

  122. 08:31: 

    The stands of the MCG loom so large into the sky that, although the sun is shining, the whole field is covered in the shadow of the bowl-like circumferential structure.

    Brad Hodge, by the way, is the highest runscorer in the history of all T20 cricket. Owais Shah sits at number five in that list. Amazing.

    John Emburey, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "England have been consistent in their selection policy but Danny Briggs is a bit unfortunate to be left out. The pitch in Hobart was very small, so I'm disappointed he is the one to be left out, although James Tredwell is a good one-day bowler and probably deserves a go."

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    Sian Lacey Taylder: No need for expensive international transfers, just get KP back into the side.

    Mathieu Evans: No Ben Stokes seems odd especially seen as someone from the Dingley Dell U10s would have more control and threat than Dernbach.

  125. 08:26: 

    More from England captain Stuart Broad: "Stats here don't lean either way, whatever you do first you've got to do well, but we've got a powerful batting line-up and we've got to make use of it.

    "We've got some great hitters and we've got to lay a platform for these guys. You can't put too many limitations on yourself in T20."

  126. 08:25: 

    A feature of the first T20 was the tiny boundaries in Hobart, but we won't have that issue in Melbourne today. The sizeable MCG looks absolutely wonderful in the evening sunshine. The sky is a cloudless blue, but the floodlights are already on. The ground is about half-full, which is still 45,000 people. What a venue for night-time cricket.


    A Haddon: Why not Stokes for Dernbach..Better bowler and would be the world's best number 11.

  128. 08:22:  
    BBC Radio Test Match Special

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  129. 08:18: 
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  130. 08:16: 

    So still no Ben Stokes for England. Surely he's a chap who could bring something to this T20 side?

  131. 08:15: 
    Team line-ups

    Australia: Aaron Finch, Cameron White, Brad Hodge, Glenn Maxwell, George Bailey (capt), Chris Lynn, Matthew Wade (wk), Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Muirhead.

    England: Alex Hales, Michael Lumb, Luke Wright, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler (wk), Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad (capt), James Tredwell, Jade Dernbach.

  132. 08:14: 

    Australia captain George Bailey: "It looks like a beautiful wicket and, as we saw the other night, runs on the board are handy.

    "[Two debutants from Hobart, Chris Lynn and James Muirhead] we've seen the power Lynny has had and James Muirfield, it's always exciting to see a leg-spinner in the team.

    "[Return of 39-year-old Brad Hodge] He's a perennial performer and I can't wait to have him out there."

  133. 08:12: 

    Broad, by the way, is the first England player to 50 T20 international caps. Any guesses on who the second most-capped England player is? Luke Wright, with 48.

  134. 08:10: 

    England captain Stuart Broad: "It's good to get first use of the pitch, it looks a good wicket, it's one of the larger grounds so it should be a good game either way.

    "It was an entertaining game in Hobart, I think there were a record amount of sixes, but this is a must win game for us and what an occasion - England v Australia at the MCG - in front of a big crowd.

    "Hopefully there's a few more, but personal milestone don't mean a lot to me, it's about getting back in the series."

  135. 08:08: 

    Australia make two changes. Out go Dan Christian and Moises Henriques, in come left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc and 39-year-old batsman Brad Hodge, who last played international cricket for Australia 2,075 days ago.

  136. 08:06: 

    "It looks a good wicket," says Stuart Broad on calling correctly at the MCG. He's got a grin on his face on the occasion on his 50th T20 cap for England.

    Just one change for the men in red - off-spinner James Tredwell in for left-armer Danny Briggs.

  137. 08:04: 

    Yep, England's tour of Australia has had more misery than half an hour with Morrissey.

    But, once more unto the breach we must go, and go we shall in the form of the second Twenty20 in Melbourne.

    A third series defeat from three? Heaven knows we'd be miserable then.

  138. 08:02: 

    In international matches down under, England have used 28 players across three formats, played 11 games and won only once.

    One defeat was as large as 381 runs, another as small as one wicket.

    They have lost two series. Will they make it three today?

  139. 08:00: 

    By my reckoning, England have been in Australia for 101 days.

    When they left Blighty, Monty Python had not reunited, Sachin Tendulkar was still a cricketer, Matt Smith was Doctor Who and Corrie's Hayley was still alive.

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Live Scores - Australia v England


  • Australia beat England by 8 wickets
  • Australia: 131-2 (14.5 overs)
  • England: 130-9 (20.0 overs)
  • Venue: Melbourne (MCG)

Australia Innings

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White not out 58
Finch lbw b Bresnan 10
Maxwell c Bresnan b Tredwell 2
Bailey not out 60
Extras 1w 1
Total for 2 131

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