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England finish with a whimper

England's tour Down Under finished with yet another defeat, as Australia secured up a Twenty20 series sweep with a 84-run triumph in Sydney.

Hurt by a late George Bailey onslaught that carried the hosts to 195-6, England simply never recovered after slipping to 60-4 inside nine overs.

Eoin Morgan offered some resistance with two sixes and a pair of fours in his 34, but in truth the fight had long since gone out of the tourists. They didn't even manage to last 20 overs, dismissed for 111.

They head home having posted a 1-12 record against Australia in all formats of the game, their solitary success coming in a 50-over match in Perth.

Bailey had pushed the final Twenty20 International out of their reach with an unbeaten 49 from just 20 deliveries that included taking an astonishing 26 from the final over, bowled by Jade Dernbach.

Australia's Twenty20 skipper took the Surrey seamer for two sixes during the carnage, making the home side's total in their innings to 13.

Aaron Finch cleared the rope three times in his knock of 30 as he and fellow opener Cameron White, (41) once again laid down a solid foundation with a stand of 48.

Tim Bresnan ended the alliance thanks to a catch by Stuart Broad (3-30), who then bought himself back into the attack to send back Glenn Maxwell for 14.

However, Ben Cutting - one of two changes to the Australia XI following Friday's victory in Melbourne - made the most of his promotion up the order, hitting three sixes to make 29 from just 16 deliveries as he put on 53 with White.

Joe Root dismissed Cutting with a superb reaction catch off his own bowling, with that the first of four wickets to go down for 21 runs in the space of 16 balls. White was the next to go, caught down leg off the impressive Chris Jordan, who marked his Twenty20 debut with figures of 1-23.

Broad then removed Brad Hodge - who had missed out on having a bat in his home state of Victoria last time out on his international recall - and the recalled Dan Christian in his final over of the trip, giving England some optimism of having to chase a reasonable target

Bailey, though, quickly bludgeoned any belief out of them. Poor Dernbach had bowled his first three overs for a rather respectable 23 but was dealt with severely at the death.

Matthew Wade was left to just stand and admire at the other end as he ended on 19 not out. England had, once again, put Australia under pressure only to let them off the hook.

Once they lost three wickets in the powerplay they must have felt that all too recognisable sinking feeling. Thankfully for them, they won't even have to spend another night Down Under as they fly out of Sydney on Sunday night.

The aerial route proved the downfall of opening combination Alex Hales and Luke Wright, who took over at the top with Michael Lumb dropped, while new number three Ben Stokes was caught in the infield trying to send the off-spin of Maxwell the distance.

Once Jos Buttler (eight) and Morgan holed out in back-to-back overs to leave the score at 82-6, England folded meekly with 16 balls still to spare.

A comical run out of Dernbach following a mix-up with Jordan seemed a rather fitting way to end the winter of discontent, defeats and departures.