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Australia v England T20 Tri-Series Match Preview and Predictions - England to bounce back

Rippa Staff 9 Feb 2018
  • Australia have won both games in the Tri-Series
  • Australia won by five wickets when the sides met on Wednesday

Australia and England move to Melbourne for the final game of the Trans-Tasman T20 Tri-Series in Australia – before it moves to New Zealand – at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Saturday, February 10.

Australia’s new-found panache in T20 cricket continued, as Glenn Maxwell made the most of a controversial reprieve to lead the hosts to a five-wicket win over England. 

Having already pocketed four points from the first two games at a healthy net run rate (1.45), Australia are more or less guaranteed of a spot in the final. That leaves England with the onerous task of winning this match as another loss could complicate their own chances.

Match Preview


After a comprehensive win over New Zealand, Australia rode on an outstanding all-round display by prodigal son Maxwell, to win by five-wickets. England started well in the match with the visitors cruising at 94 for 2 after nine overs. 

However, Australia pegged them back with spinners doing the bulk of the damage. While Ashton Agar (3-0-15-2) was frugal, Maxwell (2-0-10-3) picked up key wickets at important junctures.

England’s score of 155 for 9 was largely built around the aggression of Dawid Malan (50 from 36 balls, 5X4, 2X6) who continued to impress on these shores. He received good support from Alex Hales (22 from 15) and captain Eoin Morgan (22 from 14), but the middle-order collapse was fatal.

With the ball, England did well to start with two wickets in the first over from David Willey (3/28). However, Maxwell (103* from 58 balls, 10X4, 4X6) made sure that there are no hiccups.

It could have been a different story, though, had England been a little more fortunate. Not just their fielders gave Maxwell a reprieve by shelling an easy chance, a catch off the impressive Adil Rashid (1/30) was knocked back after television replays remained inconclusive.

England have the option of feeling hard done by the replays, but Morgan was quick to admit that they missed out on key moments in the game – both with the bat and the ball. Can they stop the Aussie juggernaut?

Player Watch


After earning a recall to the national colours, Maxwell has scores of 34, 40*, and 103* in three innings, to go with his bowling. There is a new-found ability to channel his aggression and Maxwell is reaping the benefits. Can he continue to plunder runs?

Rashid was unlucky not to have got more than one wicket at Hobart. His variations bamboozled most of the Aussie batsmen, who couldn’t pick him up. Had he got a little more support from his fielders, Rashid may well have ended up winning the game.

Stats


Australia continue to dominate England in T20Is played at home, winning six of the seven T20Is played. Their win at Hobart was their fifth successive home win over their eternal rivals in this format.

Australia played 10 T20Is at the MCG, winning just six. They have lost their last two matches played here. However, against England, they have won both their T20Is at the MCG.

Predictions and Tips


England looked capable of beating Australia and could look to make amends for their loss at Hobart. Back England at odds of $2.20 (William Hill) to create an upset.

Back Australia to score the most sixes at odds of $1.88 (CrownBet).

Malan’s form tempts us to back him scoring at least one six at odds of $2.00 (Ladbrokes).


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Australia v England T20 Tri-Series Match Preview and Predictions - England to bounce back

Australia and England move to Melbourne for the final game of the Trans-Tasman T20 Tri-Series in Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Saturday, February 10.

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