Broad: We can't ask much more of Dernbach

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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.

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.

Opener Alex Hales led the hosts to a formidable total of 195 for five with a quickfire 94, after which Dernbach's telling figures of three for 23 in four overs resigned the Australians to an insufficient 168 for nine – to leave the two-match series level at one victory apiece.

"We can't ask much more of Jade than the last two games. We wanted to take the wicket-taking options whenever we could. Both batting performances have been exceptional. We still need to nail our skills a bit better with the ball, but the wickets have been fantastic," enthused Broad.

Visiting captain George Bailey's decision to bowl first after winning the toss, meanwhile, was arguable. Hales and the left-handed Michael Lumb cherished reasonably easy conditions during a 111-run alliance for the first wicket, before complementary cameos from the inventive Eoin Morgan and hard-hitting Luke Wright capped a triumphant total.

"After losing the toss the guys adapted to conditions really well. To get 60 off the first six was a great effort. We didn't even need the powers of Jos Buttler, Hales and Lumb did very, very well," concluded Broad.

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.

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