CAPTAIN’S KNOCK: George Bailey in action against England in Sydney last night.
CAPTAIN’S KNOCK: George Bailey in action against England in Sydney last night. Mark Kolbegetty Images

Australians sign off in fine style in Sydney

AUSTRALIA heaped more woe on the hapless English as it completed the Twenty20 series whitewash in the final international match of the summer at Stadium Australia in Sydney last night.

Batting first, Australia made 6-195 from their 20 overs as skipper George Bailey led by example with a great knock of 49.

Bailey won the toss, and then came out and smashed an unbeaten 49 from 20 balls, including 26 runs off the final over bowled by England struggler Jade Dernbach (0-49).

Opening batsman Cameron White (41 off 37 balls) fell short of his third consecutive half-century, but along with Aaron Finch and Ben Cutting, helped put Australia in the box seat to inflict a record 12th defeat on England this summer. In reply, England was all out for 111 after 17.2 overs.

It was the last stop on an unforgettable tour for England.

Going into last night's match, Australia had an 11-1 lead across all three formats this summer and were looking to make it a 3-0 series cleansweep in the shortest form of the game.


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