3 Feb 2014

England cricketers end tour with another loss

6:04 am on 3 February 2014

The England cricketer's worst-ever international tour has ended with a 12th defeat at the hands of Australia, going down by 84 runs in the final T20 international in Sydney.

Australia's fallen Test batsman George Bailey went on a rampage scoring 49 off 20 balls as the homeside made 195 for 6.

England once again capitulated meekly, bowled out for 111 in the 18th over.

England's 101-days of misery has featured only the third Ashes whitewash in history, a 4-1 thumping in the one-dayers, and now a three-nil clean sweep in the T20s.

In between the losses, the international careers of spinner Graeme Swann and coach Andy Flower have been ended, and it could also be curtains for Kevin Pietersen, Matt Prior, Jonathan Trott and as far as captaincy is concerned, Alastair Cook.

In 2006-07, when England were also swept 5-0 in the Test series, they lost 11 international matches on tour - but they've been eclipsed by this bumbling touring party who started the summer as overwhelming favourites.