Australia have crashed to their lowest T20 score in history in a humiliating loss to Bangladesh.
Chasing 123 for victory in Monday’s fifth T20 international, the Aussies lost eight wickets in a space of 24 runs to get folded for their lowest 62 in just 13.4 overs. The 60-run defeat handed Bangladesh a 4-1 series victory and left Australia searching for answers.
Australia’s previous lowest score in T20 internationals was 79 against England in Southampton in 2005, in what was just the second T20I ever played. The Aussies have now lost five successive T20I series and won just six of their last 21 matches, having also suffered a 4-1 series defeat to the West Indies last month.
Apart from Mitchell Marsh (156 runs at 31.20), no Australian scored more than 57 runs in the Bangladesh series.
Australia were missing seven established players including Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith and David Warner, while captain Aaron Finch missed much of the tour with a knee injury.
Stand-in skipper Matthew Wade – who made just 20 runs in the first four games – top scored on Monday with a run-a-ball 22. Slow bowler Shakib Al Hasan (4-9) and Mohammad Saifuddin (3-12) were Bangladesh’s chief destroyers, with Al Hasan’s haul seeing him become the second bowler to take 100 T20I wickets.
Ben McDermott (17 off 16) was the only other Australian to make double figures. Australia’s highest score of the T20I series in Bangladesh was 121.
Australia went into the final game with three specialist spinners, with the recalled Adam Zampa joining Ashton Agar and Mitchell Swepson. Zampa (1-24) trapped Shakib Al Hasan LBW for his 52nd T20I scalp, making him Australia’s all-time wicket-taker in the format and leapfrogging Mitchell Starc.
Dan Christian (2-17) took his first T20I wickets in more than seven years, stretching back to February 2014. Australia’s only selected paceman Nathan Ellis (2-16) followed up his hat-trick on debut last week with another impressive display.