England vs Australia: Only T20 Preview

Batsman plays shot off back foot

We have a look at the one-off T20 International between England and Australia set to take place on Wednesday 27 June at Edgbaston. 

It was mostly one-way traffic when these sides met in the ODI series but Australia will be hoping to turn things around in the shortest international format of the game against an England side that haven't found form over 20 overs of late.

When the teams last met in the Trans-Tasman tri-series England were unable to beat an Australia line-up led by the now banned David Warner but the hosts will surely be out for revenge.

England v Australia | Wednesday, 27 June | Edgbaston, Birmingham | 19:30 

To Win Match 
England 52/100
Tie 35/1
Australia 31/20

International T20Is have become a tricky format to find any sort of rhythm for, with series often abbreviated and coming few and far between. However, even with the 50-over World Cup looming next year England will have one eye on the 2020 World T20 which Australia will host.

England have been unable to find the same balance as they have achieved in the ODI format with one possible reason being that Joe Root has not played a T20I since September last year when they lost to the West Indies in a one-off match at Chester-Le-Street.

Root returns to the lineup though for the one-off clash against Australia along with Moeen Ali and Jonny Bairstow who were all rested for the tri-series clashes earlier this year which should lend the hosts more depth and balance.

It will be interesting to see if the England set up take a leaf out of the Rajasthan Royals' book and use Jos Buttler as an opener, a role in which he hit five successive fifties for the IPL franchise to propel them into the play-offs. A golden run that even saw him earn a Test recall such was the form he displayed in India.

England have picked just five specialist batsmen in their squad which is loaded with all-rounders including both the Curran brothers. Tom has already represented his country in the shortest format, while for Sam, a T20I debut is on the cards after he earned a first Test cap just a few weeks ago against Pakistan.

Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid will no doubt remain central to England's plans to deal with Australia's batsmen. Don't be surprised if the ball is tossed to Root who has been effective against the tourists in the ODI series.

England are without Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes who have yet to recover from injuries sustained against Pakistan.

Aaron Finch will take charge of the T20I squad with Test and ODI skipper Tim Paine not selected for the one-off T20I at Edgbaston or the tour to Zimbabwe that follows with Alex Carey set to take the gloves.

The men from down under have enjoyed success in the format despite using it as a space to blood young players and those who have impressed in the Big Bash League. Packed schedules often prohibit many Test regulars from turning out in the short form of the game.

It was in T20 cricket that young quick Jhye Richardson made a name for himself and earned Test squad and ODI call ups and Andrew Tye's mastery of the knuckle ball is infamous on the Twenty20 circuit.

The match and the series in Zimbabwe offers Nic Maddinson a chance to come in from the international wilderness after a disappointing Test debut saw his career take a sharp down turn. Although a solid run in the Big Bash has kept him in the frame even while he lost his place in New South Wales' Shield team.

All-rounder Jack Wildermuth and leg spinner Mitchell Swepson could earn maiden T20I appearances, the pair were in excellent form for the Brisbane Heat in the BBL and the latter has toured India with the Test squad, though he did not play.

Australia have quality in this format which has been boosted by the advent of the Big Bash and they should test an English team who haven't quite mastered the nuances of the 20-over format.

Verdict: England 52/100
Even if we discard the ODI displays, the disruption to the Australian dressing room and effect on morale stemming from the ball tampering scandal make it hard to see this unit getting past an experienced England team. 

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Written by James Richardson for Hollywoodbets.

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