Australia will look to continue the winning momentum when they take on England in third T20I in the tri-series at Melbourne on Saturday. Australia have won their last two matches and another win will put them into the final. England will look to forget the Hobart loss and come back strongly to beat Australian to gain first points. Cricwizz takes a look at the strengths and weaknesses of the two teams ahead of Australia vs England T20I match.
Strong batting order: Australia have been blessed with strong T20 batsmen in David Warner, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell and new sensation Darcy Short. Maxwell smashed a brilliant ton in the last game at Hobart and would look to prove a point or two to selectors for omitting him from the ODI squad. Australia’s Warner, Lynn, and Marcus Stoinis are yet to fire and hence, we can see a strong reply from the Australian batting unit.
Bowling lack penetration: It was Maxwell show at Hobart where he took three key wickets apart from scoring a match-winning ton. Other bowlers went for runs. Billy Stanlake conceded 43 runs in his 4 overs. England could go on a rampage against Australian bowling in the Melbourne T20I.
Australia Squad: David Warner, Aaron Finch, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Ben Dwarshuis, Travis Head, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa
All-round unit: England have quality T20 players of all skills. They have a dynamic leader in Eoin Morgan who can lead from the front. They have Jos Buttler who can destroy any bowling attack on his day. Adil Rashid and Chris Jordan can spell the doom for the opposition with their bowling. Overall, England have a good balanced line-up.
Lack of team effort: England suffered due to lack of team effort in the Hobart clash. Batsmen scored runs, but bowlers failed to defend them. England need to put up an all-round show to beat a rampaging Australian team.
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 will bounce back hard to win the T20I as another loss will push them closer to exit. Australia will look to continue the winning momentum. Our vote goes to Australia in this T20I clash.