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Final humiliation for England

Salisbury Journal: England dropped three catches in the field (AP) England dropped three catches in the field (AP)

England's nightmare tour of Australia ended with a convincing 84-run loss in the third Twenty20 international in Sydney.

Defeat sealed a second series whitewash of the winter, after their 5-0 Ashes embarrassment, and confirmed England would head home on Monday with just one win against Australia in 13 matches.

Australia hit 13 sixes, profiting on short straight boundaries, as they posted 195 for six.

Skipper George Bailey completed the innings by taking 26 from Jade Dernbach's last over as the right-armer returned series figures of one for 141 from 11 overs.

England's top-order collapsed for the third game running - five of the top six were caught in the deep - with only Eoin Morgan (34) and Joe Root (11) amongst them reaching double figures.

England were bowled out for 111 from 17.2 overs.

The loss meant England remained marooned in eighth place in the shortest format's rankings, a place above Ireland, with the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh six weeks away.

England will head home to begin preparations for that with turmoil also awaiting them, following Andy Flower's decision to step down as team director on Friday.

Limited-overs coach Ashley Giles has been touted as the man to replace him, but he has suffered a similarly chastening experience Down Under with seven defeats in eight games.

England sorely needed their top order to fire after Stuart Broad's three for 30 had been the lone bright spot in a fielding performance that also saw them drop three catches.

The top three had failed to last the powerplay in the opening two games and so it proved again.

Openers Luke Wright and Alex Hales offered catching practice in the deep before Ben Stokes, promoted up the order, sliced Glenn Maxwell to point.

England were 31 for three at the end of the powerplay and already needing 12 an over.

Morgan began confidently, with sixes off Dan Christian and Maxwell, but Root never got going in a 21-ball 11.

Eventually he too picked out a fielder in the deep, and when Buttler and Morgan fell in the same way England were 82 for six.

Bopara was unluckily bowled by Christian before 20-year-old leg-spinner James Muirhead, kept back until the 15th over, removed Bresnan and Broad.

Dernbach was last man out when he was run out following a mix-up with T20 debutant Chris Jordan.

Australia opener Aaron Finch profited from England's fielding ills as he was dropped twice off Bresnan in a 48-run stand with Cameron White (41).

Jordan let a sharp chance burst through his hands at mid-wicket, before Hales spilled a running catch over the long-on rope.

Finch responded to his initial reprieve by blasting Stokes' first over for a pair of sixes as Australia ended the powerplay at 41 without loss.

Bresnan finally got Finch, for a 21-ball 30, when the opener floated a miscued pull to Broad at mid-wicket.

Broad brought himself back on and drew a false shot from Maxwell for Hales to this time hold on.

Australia sent Ben Cutting in to pinch-hit and he rewarded their decision with three sixes in a quickfire 50-run stand with White.

Bresnan took the brunt of the damage in an over that cost 18, before Stokes again went for two sixes in an over.

England turned to spin for the first time, in the 14th over, and Root struck with his second ball after holding on to a fine one-handed reflex return catch from Cutting.

That prompted a collapse of four wickets for 21 in 16 balls as England momentarily fought back.

Jordan grabbed his first Twenty20 wicket when White feathered a catch down leg for Jos Buttler before Broad struck twice in his final over on tour.

Brad Hodge was out pulling to long leg before Christian edged onto his middle stump without scoring.

Dernbach could then have had Matthew Wade only for Bopara to put down a steepling catch.

It was only the start of Dernbach's late pain, however, as Bailey tore into his final over.

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