Australia post 147-7 against England in T20

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Melbourne, Jan 14 (AFP) England''s spinners put the brakeson the Australian batsmen in the second Twenty20 internationalat the Melbourne Cricket Ground today, restricting the hoststo 147/7.

Australia set off to a flying start before England''sbowlers rattled through an underperforming top order, as wasthe case Wednesday, when England notched a one wicket,last-ball win in Adelaide, in the first match of the T20series.

At the MCG, Australia lost 4-17 as Graeme Swann andMichael Yardy turned the match, the two English spinnersrecording identical figures of 2-19 from their four overs.

From 57-1 after six overs, Australia''s fortunesdramatically slumped when wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Paine fellfor 21 from 12 balls.

New T20 captain Cameron White continued a miserablesummer for Australian skippers, trapped LBW for a duck bySwann.

It was left to second-game Aaron Finch to ensureAustralia posted at least a competitive total, theright-hander clubbing 53 not out off 33 balls.

Finch combined with a struggling Steve Smith (13) to add51 for the sixth wicket.

Veteran and high-priced Indian Premier League recruitDavid Hussey again looked out of his depth in scratching hisway to just eight from 16 balls.

Shane Watson again looked polished in making 17, but thenholed out to the bowling of Adelaide hero Chris Woakes, whilefellow opener David Warner swung hard but didn''t middle toomany in making 30 from 26 balls.

Worrying for Australia, six of England''s previous eightwins have come after batting second.

England is aiming to extend its record T20 internationalwinning streak to nine matches, while the embattled home sideis trying to end a five-match losing run in the shortestformat of the game. (AFP) SNK

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