Date & Time: Friday, September 04, 22:30 IST
Venue: The Rose Bowl, Southampton, England
England has proved to be the torchbearer in these unprecedented times as they have pulled off the regular international season. Now the home season heads into its final leg with the visitors Australia. First up both the sides gear up for the 3-match T20I series, after which the series heads into the ODI format. The two sides share quite a bit of rivalry over history and it still remains the same. Both sides are equipped to field their best XI’s which is a luxury they don’t get in normal circumstances. This makes the series even more compelling. Australia last played a match back in March against the Kiwis. This could be a disadvantage to them given England had the opportunity to play some cricket in the past few months.
Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan, Sam Billings, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood/Tom Curran
Aaron Finch, David Warner, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey, Mitchell Marsh, Aston Agar, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa
Southampton has produced mixed scores over the years from as high as 250 to 140 in the few international games played here. But if we go by Finch’s comments in the pre-match press conference a high scoring game is on the cards. So it’s imperative to pack the team with top order batsmen.
England skipper is in good form in the season where he has been among the runs in limited over series against Ireland, and Pakistan. He will be eager to continue the same against the arch-rivals. He has a PPM of 63 and an MDTA of 1.67 in the last 5 matches in the format.
He certainly is the leader of the pack in this format given his wealth of experience. He was in good form in the recent Pakistan series where he was England’s go-to man with the ball. He also has a decent H2H record against the Aussies which makes him a top pick in England’s bowling unit.
The Aussie opener has a good record in the format whether it’s international or domestic. In the last 5 internationals in the previous season, he has scored at PPM of 47.
This is the format where he really thrives. He is known for his attacking play. Given he has a good H2H record against all the opposition bowlers, he is certain to score some runs in this series. His PPM of 53 and MDTA of 1.53 makes him a must-have.
The Aussie Skipper is known to produce big knocks or settle for a low score in the format. But when he gets going no bowler can stop him. He has good memories at this venue where he scored his highest score of 172 in the format. He has a good H2H record against almost all opposition bowlers except Adil Rashid and it will be a key the battle for Finch to overcome in order to score big.
He misses out as a Captain option in our GL teams given there are better players than him in the format. Adding to it, his position in the batting order may vary depending on the situation.