Shamik Das

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Anyone for chicken?

Finger-spinnin' good!

Sydney, Twenty20 International: England 144/9 (Dalrymple 32, Nixon 31*; Hilfenhaus 2-16, Symonds 2-24) lost to Australia 221/5 (Gilchrist 48, Ponting 47, White 40*, Symonds 39*; Panesar 2-40) by 77 runs

Australia smashed two more world records en route to yet another crushing defeat of England, scoring the highest innings total and bludgeoning the most sixes ever in an international twenty-20 match.

Though both teams made five changes to their Test XIs it was Australia who made the smoother transition to the short form of the game, plundering 14 sixes to England's one.

England not once looked like winning, from Matty Hayden's 8-ball 20 through to Cameron White's 20-ball 40, aided and abetted by James Anderson's woeful spell of four overs for 64 runs at 16 an over - the worst ever bowling analysis in a twenty-20 international.

In reply, returning captain Michael Vaughan and debutant Paul Nixon put it about but an asking rate in excess of 11 runs per over proved too great a hurdle to overcome.

"Give me an A, give me a U, ..."

Be it five day tests or 40 over slogathons, England are still without a win on this tour - something which needs to change if they're to avoid abject humiliation in the forthcoming tri-series and World Cup.

Here is the full scorecard and report from cricinfo, and listen live to England v Australia from the MCG - the first match of the tri-series against Australia and New Zealand - this Friday on Radio 4 198LW and the BBC Sport website from 3:00am.


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