Second T20 – AUS v ENG: Wed 7:40pm AEDT, Blundstone Arena, Hobart
Australia got off to a great start by absolutely crushing the New Zealanders in their last game and will be keen to see if their Big Bash makeover can continue to pay dividends. The Australians will be taking on an impressive England side that has already proven itself to be a champion limited overs side.
|Winner||Australia WIN ($1.73)|
|Top Australia Batsman||Chris Lynn ($3.70)|
|Top England Batsman||Jos Buttler ($6.00)|
|Top Australia Bowler||Andrew Tye ($3.70)|
|Top England Bowler||Tom Curran ($4.50)|
Credit must be given to the Australian selectors for having the courage to recognize when Australia seemed to be falling behind the others and making the appropriate changes. The T20 side has been picked largely on the basis of Big Bash performances and is very different from the ODI side.
There is plenty of power through the ranks thanks to Darcy Short, David Warner, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey, and Marcus Stoinis as the batting unit. A player of the caliber of Travis Head is currently missing out as Australia explores a much more explosive approach to its T20 side.
The Wolf is a huge fan of this change and can see Australia rocketing up from its current dismal 7th T20 ranking. The new skipper, David Warner, has achieved a lot of success in the IPL while leading his franchise and has picked a bowling unit that is pretty varied. Tye, Stanlake, Richardson, Zampa, and Agar are the five leading bowlers with the all-rounders chipping in as needed.
Australia’s opposition in this match is no pushover, though, and England can be expected to come at the Aussies very hard. England has decided to rest Joe Root from the T20 series and that means that they will have to choose between James Vince and Dawid Malan at that position. The Wolf think Malan is likely to get the nod because of his impressive form in Australia as well as his 78 against South Africa on debut.
Jason Roy is 50-50 to be fit for this match but England will be keen to have him in the side along with Hales as the other opener. Malan, Jos Buttler, Eoin Morgan, and possibly Sam Billings makes this a good batting lineup but definitely outmatched against Australia when it comes to power hitting.
Tom Curran, Adil Rashid, David Willey, Mark Wood, and Chris Jordan appear likely to be the first choice bowling attack for England in this series.
Head to Head
The last time these two sides met was back in 2015 when England won by 5 runs in Cardiff. In Australia, though, England has only managed to win one game out of the six it has played against Australia. England reached the final of the World T20 in India but has since lost 5 out of the 9 matches it has played overall and there has been a lot of uncertainty about the players that will form the core moving forward. Australia won only two out of the 5 T20 matches it played in 2017 and even lost a home series to Sri Lanka. The Bellerive Oval is the host of this match and going by the last couple of BBL matches, scored in the region of 165-185 should be considered as par. Irrespective of a poor past record and their current ranking, Australia has picked a team that has just played one of the most competitive T20 competitions in the world and is keen to translate that into international success. A stronger batting lineup, better power-hitting potential, and specialized T20 bowlers make Australia the easy team to back.
Bet: Australia WIN ($1.73)
Top Australia Batsman
Chris Lynn has been lighting up the domestic stage for a while now but injuries have kept him on sidelines for Australia. The Wolf is hoping he has finally put that behind him and is ready to wreak havoc on international sides. He started off brilliantly in the first match with 44 from 33 deliveries while chasing down a small total. Lynn also hit 148 runs in five matches at a strike rate of 162.63 for the Brisbane Heat in the BBL.
Bet: Chris Lynn ($3.70)
Top England Batsman
Jos Buttler often bats a little too far down the order for England in the Wolf’s opinion depriving him the opportunity to really affect matches. He was brilliant for the Sydney Thunder at opening slot and he may well be pushed up in this series as well. Buttler can score runs 360 degrees around the ground and should be in a great frame of mind thanks to his stint in the BBL where he scored 202 runs from 6 matches with 10 sixes.
Bet: Jos Buttler ($6.00)
Top Australia Bowler
Andrew Tye played almost half the matches that the leading Big Bash wicket takers did and ended just two wickets short of their tally. He ended with 16 wickets from 6 wickets in the BBL and his mix of slower deliveries was difficult for each and every batsman who faced it. Tye started with 4 wickets in the first match and there is nothing to suggest why cannot continue this run of form in the upcoming matches as well.
Bet: Andrew Tye ($3.70)
Top England Bowler
Tom Curran was very impressive in the last ODI with his ability to get some late movement. Tom may not have the express pace but he does possess an excellent yorker and the change of pace which make him very effective in this form of the game. He has only played 3 T20 internationals for England but has picked 6 wickets in them and is quickly developing a reputation as a gun death bowler.
Bet: Tom Curran ($4.50)