England handed Twenty20 lesson

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Australia amassed a Twenty20 record total of 221 for five as they continued their total domination of England with a 77-run annihilation in Sydney.

Adam Gilchrist (48) and Ricky Ponting (47) added 69 from 29 balls and Andrew Symonds and Cameron White accelerated with 66 from 34 deliveries in the latter stages.

Australia hammered 14 sixes in all, another record in this format. England managed one.

England did establish a record of their own, albeit an unwanted one, James Anderson taking one wicket for 64 runs in his four overs, the most expensive return by a bowler in Twenty20 internationals.

After their demoralizing time in the field England collapsed to 78 for six before Jamie Dalrymple (32) and debutant wicket-keeper Paul Nixon (31) took them up to a total of 144 for nine.

Matthew Hayden showed Australia's intentions right from the start, striking Anderson for three boundaries in the second over.

Anderson did remove Hayden in his next over, but Ponting and Gilchrist kept the runs flowing copiously.

Sixes flew into the stands, and when England had an opportunity to stem the flow, they wasted it, Jon Lewis dropping Ponting off Andrew Flintoff when the Australian captain had made 16..

Spinner Monty Panesar broke through by bowling Gilchrist off the inside edge and he also had Michael Hussey stumped.

Ponting was caught at fine leg off Paul Collingwood, Lewis making amends for his earlier miss, and Michael Clarke was run out cheaply.

But then came another barrage of sixes in the final over Kevin Pietersen exemplified England's ineptitude by dropping another chance..

Australia were much sharper in the field as Pietersen discovered when, attempting a risky second run, he was run out by a direct hit from third man by debutant Shane Harwood.

That came after Ed Joyce was dismissed in the first over, and Flintoff in the second, both caught trying big shots.

It was 54 for four when Michael Vaughan was lbw attempting a reverse sweep against Symonds.

Vaughan, in his first game for England since December 2005, had found the boundary four times, including an imposing cover drive and a trademark swivel pull.

Nor did his troublesome knee did appear to bother him unduly.

Ben Hlifenhaus, a 23-year-old Tasmanian and the other Aussie on debut, bowled some intelligent outswing in the middle overs, and finished with two for 16.

He had Collingwood caught at deep square leg and bowled Ian Bell with a low full toss.

A partnership of 49 between Nixon and Dalrymple at least averted the heaviest loss in Twenty20 internationals.

"We wanted to win and play as well as we could but it was just a bit of fun," Australia captain Ricky Ponting told a news conference.

"I enjoy playing this form of the game but it's best played when there's not a lot riding on it."

England captain Michael Vaughan said:"We went out there to win tonight and it's disappointing we lost but sometimes you just have to accept you're playing against a powerful team.

"That was some of the best hitting you'll ever see, some of their sixes were clearing the ropes by 40 yards.

" When you're playing the best team in the world in their own backyard, you have to expect it's going to be hard...and once they made 221 it was always going to be tough."

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