About the Match
England suffered another series defeat as they lost the 2nd T20 match against Australia by eight wickets; the last and final match of the series between the two sides is to be played on Feb 2 at Sydney. While the hosts are ecstatic about their T20 series win coming at the back of the ODI series as well as the Ashes victory, England has been ripped apart in this tour and will be eager to try to score a face-saving win here before they head back home. The visitors will need to rebuild their team and get back to winning ways again before the World Cup next year while the Aussies have displayed their strengths for the world to see. This contest might just be a formality, but England will try to win back some of their respect by performing with a positive attitude here.
Hazlewood struck gold with 4 wickets in the 2nd T20 giving away just 30 runs and helping the team restrict England to a lowly 130 runs, which thanks to Cameron White and George Bailey, they achieved in 15 overs and eight wickets in hand. While the captain showed brilliance by scoring an unbeaten 60 runs off 28 deliveries, White posted 58 runs off 45 deliveries and the duo thrashed the English bowlers to take the team to another series win. The fielding was sharp and it led to a couple of run-outs and catches that stifled the opponents; the bowling department has many game-changers like Coulter-Nile, Muirhead, Hazelwood and Mitchell Starc while the batting line-up is surely the strongest in a while. The Aussies have exerted their superiority throughout the series and they look confident to keep the winning momentum going for a long time to come.
It has been a series of lackluster bowling, weak batting and overall this is a demoralized side; unless they get the proper guidance, this team will struggle to recover back. A lot was expected from the T20 experts like Alex Hales, Michael Lumb, Luke Wright and other established players but the batting collapse happened once again in the last match. Bowling was poor with Dernbach giving away 2 runs in just 3 overs and while Tredwell and Bresnan got a wicket each, they couldn’t restrict the Aussies from reaching the target easily. With their coach Andy Flower announcing his resignation after this series, the team has to rethink its strategy, player selections and road to preparedness for the World Series next year. This has been a humiliating defeat for the team and they need to pick up the remaining straws to try and win this final match as a consolation before they return home.
The Aussies’ exuberance on the field, sharp bowling and thunderous batting performances makes it a difficult team to beat, especially on home turf; England on the other hand are completely beaten in spirit and this final match is an opportunity for redemption but the Aussies, who have already won the series will not allow this match to slip away from their hands.
Australia, 1.66 @ Titan Bet