'Not good enough': Aussies make embarrassing history in T20 'disgrace'

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Australia's cricketers, pictured here during their T20 loss to Bangladesh.
Australia's cricketers look on during their T20 loss to Bangladesh. (Photo by MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

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 8-24 to be bowled out for 62 in just 13.4 overs.

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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 was 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.

However stand-in captain Matthew Wade said that wasn't an excuse for the embarrassing display.

"Tonight was not good enough for an Australian cricket team regardless of the personnel we've got here," Wade said.

Wade - who made just 20 runs in the first four games - top scored on Monday with a run-a-ball 22.

Bangladesh players, pictured here celebrating their 4-1 series win over Australia.
Bangladesh players celebrate their 4-1 series win over Australia. (Photo by Md Manik/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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.

"I think the reality is we know we need to get better at spin, myself included," Wade said.

"There's a lot of players in this team that we need to find a way to score runs in these conditions."

Fans were quick to savage Australia on social media.

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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.

Wade doubted Australia would encounter similar conditions at the World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and Oman in October and November and expected a full strength line-up at the tournament.

Smith, Warner and Cummins haven't played a T20I since last year, but Wade wasn't concerned if Australia didn't have any more lead-up matches to the World Cup.

"It's not vital that we all play a game together before the World Cup, we've all played plenty of cricket together," said Wade, who could find some positives from their disappointing T20I series.

"The exposure some of our younger players got to these conditions was obviously a positive going forward.

"The way Mitchell Marsh played here and in the West Indies was a huge step forward in his international career.

"Nathan Ellis got some exposure, AJ Tye bowled really, really well."

with AAP

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