England will look to continue their dominance over Australia when they take on their rivals in a T20I match in the tri-series at Hobart on Wednesday. England have won the ODI series 4-1 against Australia and will look to carry forward the winning momentum on the hapless Aussies in the T20I tri-series as well. Australia, who had a poor ODI series, will look to make amends in the T20I series. Cricwizz takes a look at the strengths and weaknesses of the two teams ahead of England vs Australia T20I match in the tri-series.
Batting firepower: Australia have the edge over England in terms of batting superpowers. David Warner is leading the team. Big Bash League hero Darcy Short is opening with Warner. Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis form the explosive middle-order. It’s a line-up that can blow away any bowling attack in this world. But can they deliver against England?
Losing momentum against England: It’s difficult to shrug off a losing momentum. But Australia will take solace in the last T20I win over New Zealand in the tri-series and will look to beat their arch-rivals and make giant strides for a berth in the final.
T20 stars: England boast of T20 stars in skipper Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes (if he gets to play) in their squad. They have had the measure of the Australia in the ODI series and would target another encore. In Morgan, they have one of the best T20I skippers around as the former Irish player has turned the fortunes of England in this format of the game. They also have quality limited-overs bowlers in Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid and hence, it’s a power-packed line-up.
Complacency: England can fall to over-confidence as they are coming off a 4-1 ODI series win over Aussies. They must avoid complacency at all costs and show positivity and intent to get past a competitive Australia.
England squad: Eoin Morgan, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, David Willey, Mark Wood, Sam Curran, Jake Ball.
Prediction: England have the edge over Australia in limited-overs cricket. They have had beaten Australia 4-1 in the ODI series and stand favourites in the tri-series as well. Our vote goes to England in the T20I clash.
Possible winner: England