Hobart: England lost the opening Twenty20 International in Hobart, on Wednesday, after narrowly failing to chase down Australia’s massive 214-run target.
The Australians were always in the box seats, with the tourists on 176 for nine with an over left.
But some prodigious late hitting by Ravi Bopara got England to within 13 runs of the target at the finish.
Bopara smashed seven sixes and two fours in his unbeaten 65 off 27 balls but paceman Nathan Coulter-Nile bowled the Australians to victory with four for 30 off his four overs.
Cameron White hit 75 off 43 balls as Australia set England 214 to win.
England’s previous highest T20 run chase was 181 against India in 2012 so their 200 for nine was their highest score in the format.
White smashed six boundaries and four sixes to set the platform for the home side’s 213 for four after they won the toss.