White washes England out of T20 series

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Australia won the T20 series against England on Friday, winning the second match by eight wickets at the MCG thanks to brisk fifties from Cameron White and George Bailey, making it three series out of three for the hosts.

Australia won the T20 series against England on Friday, winning the second match by eight wickets at the MCG thanks to brisk fifties from Cameron White and George Bailey, making it three series out of three for the hosts.

England posted a below-par 130 for nine in their 20 overs, with Josh Hazelwood bagging four wickets as the hosts ran through the dire visiting batting order. The Aussies then romped home with more than five overs to spare.

England won the toss and chose to bat first in Melbourne, looking to level the series on Stuart Broad's 50th match in this format. The Aussies brought in 39-year-old batsman Brad Hodge, nearly six years since he last played for the national side. Fast bowler Mitchell Starc also got a place after recovering from injury.

Openers Alex Hales and Michael Lumb put on 24 for the first wicket in the first three overs, before Hazelwood removed both of them. Lumb was out for 18, caught by Nathan Coulter-Nile, while Hales was removed for 16.

In between that came the wicket of Luke Wright for a duck, brilliantly caught in the covers by Hodge off Starc's bowling, and afterwards was Eoin Morgan's controversial dismissal, for six.

Morgan was run out by Hodge, having made a dive into his crease. The bat grounded over the line but it bounced up again, and was in the air when the bails were removed. The laws say the bat has to stay grounded, unless the batsman is deliberately avoiding injury.

Another run out soon followed, as Joe Root was caught short on 18. His was simple though, as White removed the bails from Glenn Maxwell's throw with Root a meter away from the line, despite a diving effort.

Jos Buttler was the top scorer with a meagre 22, before he was trapped LBW by Coulter-Nile, and two more batsmen added scores of 18 to the total. Hazelwood bowled the last over and removed Tim Bresnan and James Tredwell with the final two deliveries.

The hosts had little trouble with the chase, with White and Aaron Finch getting off to a flying start. Finch did not manage to put up a big score though and was out for 10, trapped LBW by Bresnan.

White then carried on regardless, with Maxwell out for two, before he and Bailey took the side home with ease. The pair put on 78 together in eight overs, with Bailey bringing up his fifty off 24 balls. He was on 60 at the end, while White was on 57.

The final match of the tour is on Sunday in Sydney, after which the Aussies' focus will shift to the Test series in South Africa. If the hosts win the final game, it will make the scoreline 12-1.

England: 1 Michael Lumb, 2 Alex Hales, 3 Luke Wright, 4 Joe Root, 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Jos Buttler (wkt), 7 Ravi Bopara, 8 Tim Bresnan, 9 Stuart Broad (capt), 10 Jade Dernbach, 11 James Tredwell.

Australia: 1 Aaron Finch, 2 Cameron White, 3 Brad Hodge, 4 Glenn Maxwell, 5 George Bailey (capt), 6 Chris Lynn, 7 Matthew Wade (wk), 8 Mitchell Starc, 9 Josh Hazlewood, 10 Nathan Coulter-Nile, 11 James Muirhead.

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