In the 1st match of the T20 Tri-Series involving Australia, England and New Zealand, the hosts annihilated the Kiwis, as they secured a 7 wicket win after reducing the opposition for just 117 in 20 overs.
England who were on the receiving end of a 4-0 scoreline in the Ashes test series, hit back in some style as they defeated the Australians 4-1 in the following ODI series. Now the number 4th team in the ICC T20 ranking must look to continue the winning momentum against the hosts, who are languishing on the 7th spot of the T20 ranking list.
Here we look at the predicted line-up of both Australia and England for the 2nd T20 match of the Tri-Series.
Australia Predicted XI – David Warner, D’Arcy Short, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Agar, Andrew Tye, Billy Stanlake, Kane Richardson, and Adam Zampa.
The Australian team is still waiting for Aaron Finch to completely recover from his hamstring injury, which would mean D’Arcy Short, BBL7’s highest run-getter will another chance to open the batting alongside captain David Warner. Short who made just 4 runs in the 1st match against New Zealand, will need to replicate his domestic form at the international stage, otherwise, Finch will be back in the playing XI in no time.
It would be fair to say that the Australian batting line-up is probably the most destructive in world cricket currently. Th openers will be followed by the power-packed duo Chris Lynn and Glenn Maxwell, both of whom were instrumental in securing the win against the Kiwis. Carey will continue the wicket-keeping duties after lifting the BBL trophy with his Adelaide team-mates over the weekend.
Marcus Stoinis and Ashton Agar will be the two all-rounders in the team. The latter bowled a very tight spell in the 1st game, giving just 22 runs in his 4 overs. Stoinis, on the other hand, didn’t get a chance with the bat and bowled just 1 over, which is why he will eager to play a bigger part in the 2nd match to cement his place in the team.
Although Cricket Australia released 3 players for the BBL Final, they refrained from sending out any of the fast bowlers due to the fear of fatigue. Andrew Tye, probably the best T20 bowler in the world right now, was again at his best as he picked up 4 wickets for just 23 runs against New Zealand.
However, the Kiwi rout was started by Billy Stanlake, who picked up the crucial trio of Guptill, Munro and Bruce right at the start of the innings. Kane Richardson, who is the most experienced fast bowler in the squad will again lead the bowling contingent, hoping to pick up some wickets for himself after he missed out against New Zealand.
With Lyon struggling to find a place in the team, in the shorter formats, Adam Zampa has slowing made that spinner’s slot his.
England Predicted XI – Alex Hales, Jason Roy, Eoin Morgan, David Malan, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Liam Dawson, Adil Rashid, David Willey, Mark Wood and Chris Jordan.
The biggest news for England coming into this T20 series was the availability of Ben Stokes, however, the mercurial all-rounder will miss the initial few matches due to his hearing on 13th February in England. Experienced middle-order batsman Eoin Morgan will be leading the side.
Opener Alex Hales and Jason Roy are fit and ready to take the field on Wednesday against Australia after suffering injuries in the ODI series. The middle-order will be occupied by Morgan, David Malan and Sam Billings since Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow have been left out of the T20 squad. The wicket-keeping duties will be undertaken by Jos Buttler, who has been in fine form recently and will pose a huge threat in the middle order.
Chris Jordan has recovered from his knock and will be available for selection, however, Liam Plunkett is not fully fit and will most probably miss the initial 2 matches. David Willey and Mark Wood will join Jordan in the pace attack. While Adil Rashid and Liam Dawson will form the spin contingent.