Twenty20 series: England lose latest series after being thrashed by Australia in Melbourne

The tourists fell to an eight-wicket defeat in the second match in the two match series

The MCG

Captain Stuart Broad admits that England’s players are looking forward to leaving Australia after their last hope for some redemption at the end of a “torrid” tour was crushed by defeat in the Twenty20 series.

Australia coasted to an eight-wicket win with 31 balls to spare at the MCG to complete series victories in all three formats this winter.

The tourists have been battered and bruised by ruthless displays from the home side in the Ashes and the one-day international series, and Australia have now triumphed in the shortest format with a match to spare.

With off-field issues also clouding the future direction of the England team following the departure of Andy Flower as coach of the Test side, Broad conceded he was looking forward to returning home after Sunday’s final Twenty20 match in Sydney.

“It’s been a torrid tour for Team England,” he said. “We came here with high hopes in the Test arena and lost 5-0. We didn’t really get going in a one-day series which, if we look at it, we probably should have won, and lost 4-1. Now we’ve lost the Twenty20 series.

Australia's Josh Hazelwood clatters the wicket of England's Tim Bresnan at the MCG Australia's Josh Hazelwood clatters the wicket of England's Tim Bresnan at the MCG (Getty Images)
“It’s been a really tough tour on the cricket side of things and off the field. We’ve lost a few guys who have gone home. I don’t think many players or coaches will look back on this tour with huge fondness.”

England will have little time to lick their wounds when they return home early next week, with preparations for the World Twenty20 to consider. They travel to the Caribbean in just over a fortnight, before the tournament starts in Bangladesh on 16 March.

Broad does not believe the pain inflicted in Australia will be damaging by the time they reach the sub-continent, since most of the T20 squad were not involved earlier in the tour.

However, defeat at the MCG has dropped Broad’s side down to eighth in the Twenty20 world rankings – just a place above Ireland.

“I don’t think many people will carry the scars from Australia to the Caribbean and to Bangladesh,” Broad said.

“I think a few of the guys are looking forward to having two weeks at home in their own bed and refreshing and not thinking about cricket for a while and then coming back a bit refreshed to the Caribbean.

“We’ve got an exciting T20 side, there’s no doubt about that. You look through the line-up. We’ve played some really good cricket.”

But the all-rounder also conceded: “We’ve not been world-class. We have not won as many games as we should have done. Guys have got an underlying confidence in this T20 side – we just haven’t done ourselves justice in these two games. That’s part and parcel of Twenty20 cricket and the way we play.

“When you’re looking to get big scores there are going to be times when you do and there are going to be times when you don’t and you can’t let that dent you too much.”

England were limp with the bat here as their top order crumbled before managing to post 130 for 9.

Unbeaten half-centuries from Australia’s captain George Bailey and opener Cameron White ensured it was a score that never taxed the hosts – who were without a number of their key men after they departed for the tour of South Africa.


Who will replace Andy Flower as head coach?

 

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
techCould new invention save millions in healthcare bills?
Sport
David Moyes gets soaked
sport Moyes becomes latest manager to take part in the ALS challenge
Voices
A meteor streaks across the sky during the Perseid Meteor Shower at a wind farm near Bogdanci, south of Skopje, Macedonia, in the early hours of 13 August
voicesHagel and Dempsey were pure Hollywood. They only needed Tom Cruise, says Robert Fisk
News
peopleEnglishman managed quintessential Hollywood restaurant Chasen's
Life and Style
food + drinkHarrods launches gourmet food qualification for staff
Arts and Entertainment
Michael Flatley prepares to bid farewell to the West End stage
danceMichael Flatley hits West End for last time alongside Team GB World champion Alice Upcott
Life and Style
Horst P Horst mid-fashion shoot in New York, 1949
fashionFar-reaching retrospective to celebrate Horst P Horst's six decades of creativity
News
Members and supporters of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community walk with a rainbow flag during a rally in July
i100
Life and Style
Black Ivory Coffee is made using beans plucked from elephants' waste after ingested by the animals
food + drinkFirm says it has created the "rarest" coffee in the world
Arts and Entertainment
Jamie T plays live in 2007 before going on hiatus from 2010
arts + entsSinger-songwriter will perform on the Festival Republic Stage
Life and Style
food + drinkThese simple recipes will have you refreshed within minutes
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

All this talk of an ‘apocalyptic’ threat is simply childish

Robert Fisk: All this talk of an ‘apocalyptic’ threat is simply childish

Chuck Hagel and Martin Dempsey were pure Hollywood. They only needed Tom Cruise
Mafia Dons: is the Camorra in control of the Granite City?

Mafia Dons: is the Camorra in control of the Granite City?

So claims an EU report which points to the Italian Mob’s alleged grip on everything from public works to property
Emmys look set to overhaul the Oscars as Hollywood’s prize draw

Emmys look set to overhaul the Oscars as Hollywood’s prize draw

Once the poor relation, the awards show now has the top stars and boasts the best drama
What happens to African migrants once they land in Italy during the summer?

What happens to migrants once they land in Italy?

Memphis Barker follows their trail through southern Europe
French connection: After 1,300 years, there’s a bridge to Mont Saint-Michel

French connection: After 1,300 years, there’s a bridge to Mont Saint-Michel

The ugly causeway is being dismantled, an elegant connection erected in its place. So everyone’s happy, right?
Frank Mugisha: Uganda's most outspoken gay rights activist on changing people's attitudes, coming out, and the threat of being attacked

Frank Mugisha: 'Coming out was a gradual process '

Uganda's most outspoken gay rights activist on changing people's attitudes, coming out, and the threat of being attacked
Radio 1 to hire 'YouTube-famous' vloggers to broadcast online

Radio 1’s new top ten

The ‘vloggers’ signed up to find twentysomething audience
David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

A blistering attack on US influence on British television has lifted the savvy head of Channel 4 out of the shadows
Florence Knight's perfect picnic: Make the most of summer's last Bank Holiday weekend

Florence Knight's perfect picnic

Polpetto's head chef shares her favourite recipes from Iced Earl Grey tea to baked peaches, mascarpone & brown sugar meringues...
Horst P Horst: The fashion photography genius who inspired Madonna comes to the V&A

Horst P Horst comes to the V&A

The London's museum has delved into its archives to stage a far-reaching retrospective celebrating the photographer's six decades of creativity
Mark Hix recipes: Try our chef's summery soups for a real seasonal refresher

Mark Hix's summery soups

Soup isn’t just about comforting broths and steaming hot bowls...
Tim Sherwood column: 'It started as a three-horse race but turned into the Grand National'

Tim Sherwood column

I would have taken the Crystal Palace job if I’d been offered it soon after my interview... but the whole process dragged on so I had to pull out
Eden Hazard: Young, gifted... not yet perfect

Eden Hazard: Young, gifted... not yet perfect

Eden Hazard admits he is still below the level of Ronaldo and Messi but, after a breakthrough season, is ready to thrill Chelsea’s fans
Tim Howard: I’m an old dog. I don’t get too excited

Tim Howard: I’m an old dog. I don’t get too excited

The Everton and US goalkeeper was such a star at the World Cup that the President phoned to congratulate him... not that he knows what the fuss is all about
Match of the Day at 50: Show reminds us that even the most revered BBC institution may have a finite lifespan – thanks to the opposition

Tom Peck on Match of the Day at 50

The show reminds us that even the most revered BBC institution may have a finite lifespan – thanks to the opposition