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Another loss for England

Sydney: England’s sorry tour of Australia finally ended with a whimper on Sunday — a crushing 84-run defeat to give the hosts a clean sweep of the three-game Twenty20 series.

The Australians, with Man of the Match George Bailey smashing an unbeaten 49 off 20 balls, scored 195 for six after winning the toss in Sydney.

The home side then dismissed the psychologically-scarred tourists for 111 in the 18th over, to sweep the series.

It marked the end of a disastrous 103-day tour for England, who lost the Ashes Tests 5-0 and the one-day international series 4-1, meaning Australia won 12-1 across the three formats. In between the losses, the international careers of spinner Graeme Swann and coach Andy Flower have been ended.

“It’s been good fun throughout the tour. We’ve been hugely disappointing, not at the races for three months, but you have to give credit to Australia,” said England T20 skipper Stuart Broad.

“We’ve got a two-week break at home and then go to the Caribbeans, but we know we’re a decent T20 side. We can now get together as a group for a decent period to work on specific things, improve and learn from this week. (Agencies)