Cricket: Outclassed England can’t wait to come home

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The tour of Australia really can’t finish soon enough for England’s cricketers.

They added to their long list of feeble performances this winter with another embarrassingly heavy defeat in the second game of the three-match T20 series.

It meant Australia had secured all three series in all formats - the Ashes, the ODI’s and now the T20 - in the fastest time possible and the latest one, in Melbourne, was as bad as any for England.

On the same day as this latest defeat came the news that Andy Flower, coach of the England Test team, has been sacked.

They managed just 130-9, a total that was never going to challenge Australia who swept to an eight wicket win with 5.1 overs to spare - a huge margin in this form of the game.

Michael Lumb, 18, and Alex Hales, 16, made a decent start but were parted on 24 in the fourth over. Disastrous run-outs for Eoin Morgan, 6, and Joe Root, 18, left England struggling on 63-5.

At 96-7, the Aussies knew the game was virtually in the bag. Tim Bresnan and Chris Broad both made 18 to add 34 but Josh Hazelwood finished with two wickets in successive balls to end with 4-30.

Two quick wickets, Aaaron Finch, 10, and Glenn Maxwell, 1, left Australia 53-2 but it was false hope and skipper George Bailey came in and swatted the attack aside - aided by a dropped return catch by Ravi Bopara.

Bailey finished 60no off just 28 balls with 7 fours and 3 sixes whilst Cameron White was 57no. The final game is on Sunday in Sydney.

Earlier, England’s women - who have retained the Ashes - also lost making only 98-6 to lose by seven wickets.