Bailey blasts Aussies to big total

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iol spt feb2 Bailey Getty Images Skipper George Bailey clubbed 26 runs off the last over to steer Australia to 195 for six after winning the toss in the final Twenty20 international against England. Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

Sydney – Skipper George Bailey clubbed 26 runs off the last over to steer Australia to 195 for six after winning the toss in the final Twenty20 international against England on Sunday.

Bailey hit an unbeaten 49 off 20 balls to build Australia's total rapidly after they were 139 for six in the 16th over.

The Aussie skipper smacked 4-6-6-4-4-2 off Jade Dernbach's last over of the innings.

In all, Bailey smashed three sixes and four fours at Sydney's Olympic stadium in an unbroken seventh-wicket stand of 56 with wicketkeeper Matthew Wade (19 off 10 balls).

Opener Cameron White continued his strong T20 series with 41 off 37 balls, while fast bowler Ben Cutting Ä elevated to number four in the batting order – cracked three sixes in his 29 off 16 balls.

Recalled veteran Brad Hodge, batting in his first T20

international in six years, scored seven.

Captain Stuart Broad was the best of England's bowlers with three for 30, including the wickets of Hodge and Dan Christian in his final over.

Australia have already clinched the T20 series with wins in Hobart and Melbourne and will be looking for a clean sweep at Sydney's Olympic stadium.

This is the final game of England's troubled tour of Australia after losing the Ashes 5-0 and the one-day series 4-1. – Sapa-AFP


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