Fresh from a big win series-opening win over NZ, Australia now have England in their T20I sights. Palmerbet Sports Team previews the big clash from Hobart!
History: Played 13: Australia 7 V England 5 (1 No Result).
Last meeting: August 31, 2015: England d Australia by 5 runs at Sophia Gardens.
Final Thoughts: After being trounced 4-1 in their ODI series against England, Australia took the first step towards limited-overs redemption courtesy of a rampaging seven-wicket win over highly-rated New Zealand in the Twenty20 Tri Series opener at the SCG.
Andrew Tye (4/23) and Billy Stanlake (3/15) dominated with the ball to restrict the Black Caps to 9/117. Chris Lynn (44) and Glenn Maxwell (40*) then steered Australia to victory with eight and a half overs to spare.
But the confident England squad should provide a far tougher test in Hobart, with Jason Roy, Alex Hales and Chris Jordan all expected to play after battling injuries. Australia must contain the explosive talents of Roy, Hales and Jos Buttler in the same manner they did NZ’s big hitters.
Skipper David Warner’s limited-overs form remains a worry for Australia, out for six in the opening T20I after averaging 14.6 in the ODI series. Travis Head is an option to bolster the hosts’ batting and bowling after starring in the Adelaide Strikers’ BBL triumph, but changes are otherwise unlikely.
England’s batting form in the ODI arena highlights their value as $2.15 outsiders in this encounter, their first against Australia at T20I level in two and a half years.
Meanwhile, D’Arcy Short – who managed just 4 on international debut on Saturday before plundering 68 in the Hurricanes’ losing BBL final effort the next day – will be primed for a major contribution in front of his home fans in Hobart.