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Australia complete hat-trick of series wins

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White and Bailey celebrate victory in Melbourne
White and Bailey celebrate victory in Melbourne.

Australia have made it a hat-trick of series wins after defeating England by eight wickets in the latest T20 international and take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three game series.

The tourists struggled with bat and ball and after posting 130-9 in their 20 overs the hosts knocked it off with ease as Cameron White and skipper George Bailey hit Australia to victory inside 15 overs.

Stuart Broad won the toss and elected to bat but England struggled in the opening overs with Michael Lumb, Luke Wright and Alex Hales all out inside the powerplay with Eoin Morgan out six balls after the fielding restrictions were lifted.

Four batsman scored 18 runs and failed to go on and post a big score while Hales scored 16 and the top scorer was Jos Buttler with 22.

Australia then started their innings with a bang with Aaron Finch joining White in opening the innings and it was in the sixth over that England eventually found a breakthrough but by that time they had smashed 48 runs. Tim Bresnan had Finch lbw for 10 off 11 balls as for once it wasn’t him that was the aggressor.

Glenn Maxwell was in at number three and he only lasted five balls before Bresnan caught him off the bowling of spinner James Tredwell, recalled to the side in place of Danny Briggs.

That brought skipper Bailey to the crease and he was in a rush to win the game as he walloped England’s bowlers for 60 runs off just 28 balls, hitting 10 boundaries in the process while White finished on 58*.

Bailey hit the winning runs when he swept Tredwell to his final boundary of the day to take a 2-0 lead with one ‘dead-rubber’ to come in Sydney on Sunday.

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