Australia are looking for three wins in a row after trouncing NZ and England in the first two games of the T20I Tri-Series. Palmerbet Sports Team preview the Aussies’ showdown with England under the MCG lights!
History: Played 14: Australia 8 V England 5 (1 No Result).
Last meeting: February 7, 2018: Australia d England by 5 wickets at Blundstone Arena.
Final Thoughts: Australia’s Twenty20 side is rapidly erasing the memory of a crushing 4-1 ODI series loss to England, opening the T20I Tri-Series with convincing wins over New Zealand and England.
After a seven-wicket demolition of the Black Caps at the SCG – Andrew Tye (4/23) and Billy Stanlake (3/15) starring as NZ made just 9/117 – Australia carved out a convincing five-wicket victory over England in Hobart.
This time, it was Ashton Agar (2/15) and Glenn Maxwell (3/10) who stood out with the ball as England were restricted to 9/155. Dawid Malan (50 off 36) played a lone hand for England with the bat.
Maxwell then steered the home side to victory with nine balls to spare with a blistering 103 not out off 58 balls. BBL gun D’Arcy Short also chipped in with a handy 30 off 20 in just his second T20I.
Australia will be hoping for more from their batting line-up at the MCG, however. The out-of-sorts David Warner has been dismissed for 6 and 4 so far in the Tri-Series, while Chris Lynn, Marcus Stoinis and Travis Head were all out cheaply against England.
With experienced heavy-hitters Jason Roy (who smashed 180 at the MCG during the ODI series), Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler in their side, $2.32 outsiders England can’t be taken lightly. Australia’s bowling attack will need to continue their outstanding form.
Back Australia to win, while we’re backing Warner to belatedly find a bit of form at one of his favourite grounds.