Bailey consoled by Ahmed performance


Seamer Jade Dernbach was at the fore of captain Stuart Broad's praise, after England beat Australia by 27 runs in Saturday's second and final Twenty20 International at the Riverside Ground at Chester-le-Street, Durham.

Captain George Bailey found consolation in the performance of spinner Fawad Ahmed, after Australia sunk to a 27-run defeat to England in Saturday's second and final Twenty20 International in Chester-le-Street.

The Pakistan-born Ahmed, who gained citizenship earlier this year, went without a wicket and proved expensive on debut in the series opener in at the Rose Bowl Southampton earlier this week. The Riverside Ground in Durham, however, brought him telling figures of three for 25 in four overs.

Ahmed got rid of opener Michael Lumb, the left-handed Eoin Morgan and hard-hitting Jos Buttler and, although the strong performance was in vain, Bailey was buoyed regardless shortly after the two-match affair ended level.

"We lost a couple of early wickets which put England on top. We had some good patches with the ball, I thought Fawad did really well. His pace was really good. It was tough with that wind," insisted Bailey.

The English and Aussies will soon meet for five ODIs, the first of which gets underway at Headingley in Leeds on Friday. Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff and Southampton will host fixtures two, three, four and five respectively.