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Australia v England T20 Tri-Series Match Preview and Predictions - Aussies to edge it

Rippa Staff 6 Feb 2018
  • Australia won the Tri-Series opener against New Zealand
  • England dominated Australia in the ODIs
  • But Australia were clear winners of the Ashes test series

Australia’s Big Bash stars gave a rousing welcome to the Gillette T20 Tri-Series as the new-look hosts thrashed New Zealand by seven-wickets in a rain-affected series opener.

The Aussies will now set their sights on England, against whom they had a mixed summer. While the Tests were completely dominated by Australia, ODIs saw the visitors breeze through. What do the T20s have in store? This match will be played in Hobart on Wednesday, February 7.

Match Preview


There was a sense of excitement before the start, as Australia started with a host of Big Bash names. The impact was immediate, as Billy Stanlake (3 for 15) rattled the visitors with pace and bounce.

The Kiwis batsmen struggled to play him and it could have been much worse than 117 for 9, had it not been for a late flourish from Colin de Grandhomme (38*). Andrew Tye (4 for 23) helped himself with quick wickets at the death.

The reduced target of 95 runs from 15 overs was never going to be a strong challenge for the Australian batting unit. Two more Big Bash stars, Chris Lynn (44 from 33 balls) and Glenn Maxwell (40* from 24 balls) led them to a comfortable finish.

England may be a tougher proposition, though, as the Three Lions are an accomplished white-ball side. We have already seen that in the ODIs, although their pedigree in T20Is was not that commanding as it was in the ODIs.

The T20 World Cup finalists, however, have a team that can give the Aussies a run for a win. Joe Root is rested, but the presence of Sam Billings, James Vince, Jose Buttler and David Willey gives them a distinct Big Bash flavour as well.

Jason Roy’s injury scare coupled with the knocks for Liam Plunkett and Chris Jordan are a worry ahead of the game. For those anticipating a return for Ben Stokes will have to wait a little longer.

Player Watch


At 204 cm, the 23-year-old Stanlake was already in the records as Australia’s tallest-ever cricketer. His jump at the crease and higher release point make it awkward for the batsmen. England may not gift him wickets as easy as the Kiwis, but they will do well to watch out the towering paceman.

Captain Eoin Morgan was the least convincing of England’s top-order in the ODI series. His leadership is a crucial cog for the side, but he would be the first to admit that he needs runs to settle the debate on his position in the side.

Stats


After five consecutive T20I losses, Australia have now won two in a row at home. Against England, they have won seven and lost five of the 13 T20Is played. 
The record is a lot more favourable at home, as they have won five of the six T20Is played – including winning four on the spin.

Only two T20Is have been played on this ground, with Australia winning both, including one against England in 2014.

Predictions and Tips


Australia look good to continue their winning run at odds of $1.73 (William Hill).

Back Australia to score more fours than their counterparts at odds of $1.90 (Neds).

Alex Hales is a vital player in the England T20I setup; back him to score at least one six at odds of $2.00 (Ladbrokes).


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