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Australia were whitewashed by England in a five-match series and we now move to Old Trafford where the two teams meet on 27th June to play the only T20I between the two sides. England have an important series against India ahead and this match may well act as a preparatory ground for them. Australia desperately wants to get off the mark in what has been a disappointing tour for them so far. Unlike One Day Internationals, Australians have found the T20 format favorable in past few months. England and Australia last played a T20I series earlier in this year when England was the first team to be knocked out from the tri-series involving England, New Zealand, and Australia. Australia were the eventual winners of the tournament. While the Australians do not go into the one-off match with the same team, they'd be a lot more confident team as they were in recently concluded series. The fact that last match was dragged till the final wicket has only added to the buildup of this T20 which promises to be a cracker of a game.
Jos Buttler was the man of the match in the final ODI of the series where he single-handedly drove England to win batting with the tail. He, however, will have a different role to play in the upcoming T20I as confirmed by Paul Farbrace. Farbrace, their stand-in coach for the limited-overs leg against Australia and England. Buttler proved to be a game-changer for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League. Buttler moving up the order will shift Bairstow's position in the middle order.
England batting lineup looks well set with Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, and Alex Hales in superb form. All of their top-three scored at least one hundred in recently concluded ODI series. Joe Root has been practicing spin lately and while his batting style may not suit for the fastest version of the game, he can come in handy when the chips are down or with the ball. With the likes of Morgan, Bairstow, and Moeen Ali to follow, this English batting lineup is something that even the best lineups in the world would be envious of.
The bowling attack is likely to stay the same with the possibility of Chris Jordan replacing Sam Curran. Jordan has been impressive in the white-ball Cricket recently and his ability to bowl yorkers and experience may just place him ahead of Curran. Spinners were mighty effective against the Aussies in the ODI series and combined to pick 21 wickets among them. They will once again pose a big threat with a prospect of a dry track on Wednesday.
England haven't had an as impressive run in T20s as they've had in One Day Internationals. Of their last 13 games, they've won five and lost eight. While the numbers are just the reflection of the past, they are in stupendous form. Beating them will still take a lot of effort even from the best in the business.
JJ Roy, Jos Buttler, AD Hales, JE Root, Eoin Morgan, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, David Willey, LE Plunkett, Chris Jordan, AU Rashid.
It will be a changed Australian outfit, but the results of the ODI series will certainly be on their minds. Aaron Finch will don the captain's hat and Tim Paine is likely to lose his spot in the team to Alex Carey. While they'll draw some confidence from the last match where they lost to Jos Buttler, they'll still have plenty of things to ponder upon.
Glenn Maxwell is expected to make his way back into the side provided he has recovered fully from the shoulder injury he sustained earlier in the tournament. As far as the shortest format of the game is concerned, the Australians have plenty of experience behind them, thanks to competitive environment of Big Bash League. Skipper Aaron Finch had an excellent match after moving to his regular batting position. He will have a vital role to play with the bat in the upcoming match.
The purple cap winner of the IPL, Andrew Tye, had a dismal run in the ODI series, but his variations might well be the order of the day in the shortest format of the game. They lacked a wrist-spinner in the ODIs and Mitchell Swepson, who had a terrific BBL, is expected to find a place in the playing eleven. All in all, the biggest hurdle on the match day for the Australians will be to get past the humiliation caused in the ODI series. If they can do that, it would be difficult to stop them from extending their winning run in the shortest format.
Aaron Finch, D'Arcy Short, Glenn Maxwell, TM Head, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Ashton Agar, AJ Tye, KW Richardson, Mitchell Swepson, Billy Stanlake.
Winning the toss and fielding has been the trend in the shortest form of the game of late. Expect the captains to stick to the trend and bowl first after winning the toss.
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It's expected to be a warm day on Wednesday with sun glazing throughout the day. The surface is expected to be dry and there will be some assistance for the spinners. Having said that, it's going to be an excellent surface to bat. Batting against the new ball will be the easiest time to bat and therefore powerplay batting is expected to have a huge say in the final result.
England are on a dream run as far as recent ODI results are concerned, but its exactly the opposite in the T20Is. They've lost four of their last five games and their only win was against New Zealand where they just managed to defend the total by two runs. Australians, on the other hand, and quite surprisingly, have been quite brutal in this format. They've won all of their last five games. Given the recent T20 form of both the sides, expect Australia to register their first win in the last match of their tour.
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