A tantalizing win over the flightless-Kiwis in Sydney a couple days ago has certainly put Australia in the box seat heading into the second match down in Hobart. England shown what they’re capable of in white ball cricket during the Gillette ODI series down under with a commanding victory, can they ruffle a few Aussie feathers yet again?
One thing the visitors will have to be aware of at all times is the impact that Billy Stanlake can make when he’s called upon, the 204 cm quick turned the heat up against the Black Caps which resulted in a top order collapse. It’s all about how the batsmen go about approaching Stanlake, whether it be defensive or attacking, if England aren’t fully-committed to a certain approach, they’ll find themselves in big trouble. The powerful opening-combo for England won’t be scared to take on the Aussies from ball one, Alex Hales and Jason Roy are lethal when they let their natural instinct take over. It’s not only those two Australia have to worry about, captain Eoin Morgan’s dynamic shot variety and Just Buttler’s brute strength in that middle order should be enough to counteract a batting collapse. Lets not forget about David Willey either, he just put on a one-over fireworks display against Australia’s No. 1 test off-spinner in Nathan Lyon during a tour match, so there’s no doubt that they bat deep if early wickets fall.
Red-hot is the only way to describe Andrew Tye at the moment, he dominated the BBL again and broke into Australia’s ODI side where he claimed his maiden five-wicket haul in just his fourth match in Perth, followed by a phenomenal T20 spell of 4/23 against New Zealand last Saturday. You can never be to sure of how Hobart’s wicket will play, so England can’t afford to swing at Tye like a rusty gate, because chances are they’ll come off second best given the form he’s in. The bowling looks to be in good order for the Australians, but captain David Warner is having a wretched run with the bat in two formats that he once thrived on. He made very-little contribution in the five-game ODI series against England just recently, and he’s started the T20 series even worse with a tame-six runs in their victory over the Blacks Caps. Many have suggested it’s fatigue, but to put it frankly, Warner looks like he’s holding back his aggression which isn’t his game. BBL sensation D’Arcy Short also missed out in the first game with a low score, but on his home ground he should fancy his chances against the Poms.
The destructive Chris Lynn and controversial Glenn Maxwell polished the run chase off in quick succession at the SCG the other night, so they’re just as prolific as England in that middle order region. Leg-spinner Adil Rashid did the job for England in the ODI series brilliantly, so don’t be surprised if he picks up some big names down in Hobart tomorrow night, equally this ground can be a bowling graveyard if bowlers get their line & length wrong with the short boundaries in play. England have gone with an energetic pace attack which should bring some excitement to the table, although pace on the ball is what Chris Lynn and D’Arcy Short will be counting on. It might sound strange, but England can afford to lose early wickets, they have destructive strikers all the way down to No. 8 which should make the game interesting, because equally Australia’s top four are just about the best their country has to offer in this format.
Top 5 fantasy picks | Australia | T20I tri-series | 2nd match | Hobart
- Chris Lynn
- David Warner
- Andrew Tye
- Billy Stanlake
- Glenn Maxwell
Wildcard pick – Marcus Stoinis
Top 5 fantasy picks | England | T20I tri-series | 2nd match | Hobart
- Jason Roy
- Jos Buttler
- Adil Rashid
- Liam Dawson
- Eoin Morgan
Wildcard pick – David Willey
Australia (possible) – 1. David Warner (c) 2. D’Arcy Short 3. Chris Lynn 4. Glenn Maxwell 5. Marcus Stoinis 6. Alex Carey (wk) 7. Ashton Agar 8. Kane Richardson/Ben Dwarshuis 9. Andrew Tye 10. Adam Zampa 11. Billy Stanlake.
England (possible) – 1. Jason Roy 2. Alex Hales 3. Dawid Malan/James Vince 4. Eoin Morgan (c) 5. Jos Buttler (wk) 6. Sam Billings 7. David Willey 8. Liam Dawson 9. Chris Jordan/Tom Curran/Sam Curran 10. Adil Rashid 11. Mark Wood.