Third T20 – Australia v England: Sat 7:20pm AEDT, MCG, Melbourne
Australia have started their Tri-Series campaign in style, with a dominant seven-wicket win over New Zealand in Game 1, and followed it up with a five-wicket victory over England in Game 2. Australia and England will clash again in the third T20 of the Tri-Series, before the series moves across the Tasman for the remaining fixtures. Can Australia make it three from three in the Tri-Series and head over to New Zealand undefeated?
|Top Australia Batsman||Chris Lynn ($3.70)|
|Top England Batsman||Alex Hales ($4.40)|
|Top Australia Bowler||Ashton Agar ($6.50)|
|Top England Bowler||Adil Rashid ($4)|
Head to Head
It was the ‘Big Show’ in Hobart on Wednesday night as Australia went on to defeat England by 5 wickets, courtesy of a cameo by Glenn Maxwell, with both bat and ball. England looked to be cruising in the second T20, and a real chance to post a score close to 200, but after Eoin Morgan was dismissed, England lost 6/43 to post a moderate total of 155. Maxwell (3/10) picked up the vital wickets of Dawid Malan (50) and Morgan (22), while fellow spinner Ashton Agar recorded figures of 2/15. Maxwell wasn’t done with just the ball as he came out and blasted a match-winning 103* off 58 balls after Australia lost the early wickets of David Warner and Chris Lynn to be 2/4. The match didn’t escape without its fair share of controversy as a catch by Jason Roy while Maxwell was on 59 was overturned by the third umpire. Maxwell now has 143 runs across the first two matches of the Tri-Series and is yet to be dismissed after he made 40* in the opening match against New Zealand. England will be hoping for a better result when the Tri-Series moves to the MCG. Australia has won just two of their past six T20 Internationals at the MCG, losing last year’s T20 by five wickets against Sri Lanka. The Wolf has done some digging and is expecting the spinners to have an impact here like Maxwell and Agar did in Hobart. In Australia’s T20 loss to Sri Lanka, spinners Adam Zampa and Ashton Turner took four of the five Sri Lankan wickets. Throughout the recent Big Bash|07, the Melbourne Stars played five home matches at the MCG and here is how some of the spinners performed. Mitchell Swepson from the Heat had figures of 3/14, Nathan Lyon from the Sixers had figures of 3/18 and Chris Green from the Thunder had figures of 2/27. The Wolf is expecting a big response from England as slight outsiders, and really thinks their batsmen will have a point to prove after some shocking dismissals in Hobart, while Adil Rashid will have a big role to play.
Bet: England ($2.20)
Top Australia Batsman
Chris Lynn made 44 off 33 balls in Australia’s win in the opening match of the T20 Tri-Series and followed it up with a second-ball duck in the second T20 against England. Lynn made 63 off 46 balls when the Brisbane Heat defeated the Melbourne Stars at the MCG in the Big Bash earlier in the year and it’s never a wise decision to back against him, especially in this format of the game!
Bet: Chris Lynn ($3.70)
Top England Batsman
Alex Hales (22 off 15 balls) was looking good in Hobart before he spooned a return catch to Ashton Agar. Hales has a very solid record in this format of the game, with an average of 32.67, strike-rate of 135.48 and top score of 116*. He’ll look to get England off to a flyer once again, but needs to bat past the seventh over.
Bet: Alex Hales ($4.40)
Top Australia Bowler
The Wolf would have backed Adam Zampa, but has a feeling Australia might name an unchanged line-up here. Agar took 2/15 in the second T20 against England and was very strong in the recent Big Bash competition, taking 8 wickets, with an impressive economy-rate of just 5.74. Looks over the odds around the $6.50 mark especially if Zampa doesn’t play.
Bet: Ashton Agar ($6.50)
Top England Bowler
Adil Rashid was outstanding in England’s recent 4-1 ODI series win over Australia, leading the way with 10 wickets for the series. If the spinners have any success at the MCG, like they did during BBL|07, then Rashid is the bowler you want to be backing for most wickets in the third T20.
Bet: Adil Rashid ($4)