Australia v England, 1st T20, Adelaide January 11, 2011

England target Twenty20 record


Match Facts

January 12, Adelaide
Start time 19.05 (08.35 GMT)

The Big Picture

It's coloured clothes and white balls that will dominate the game for the next few months. But before Australia and England can concentrate fully on their World Cup planning they have two Twenty20 internationals. It's a rematch of the World Twenty20 final in Barbados last year when England came out on top to secure their first global silverware.

They can rightly claim to be the premier T20 side the world, but fortunes change very quickly in the shortest format and it doesn't take much to alter standings. England blew away their Ashes celebration cobwebs with a comfortable win against the Prime Minister's XI in Canberra and will be aiming to keep their momentum going ahead of the one-day series.

For Australia it's time to start the rebuilding process. A new era has been signalled by the retirement of Michael Clarke from T20 and Cameron White has been handed the leadership with Tim Paine his deputy, while some new of young faces are being given a chance. Given the form in the other formats, success here can earn them further honours.

However, despite all their recent problems Australia have an exciting Twenty20 side, especially their fast-bowling attack which includes Shaun Tait and Brett Lee. With the likes of David Hussey and David Warner in the batting line-up there is enough power to knock England out of their stride. Can Australia turn their summer around?

Form guide

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Watch out for...

Shaun Tait can't bowl long spells any more but in the shorter formats is capable of winning matches on his own. He has shown that sheer pace is a valuable attacking option in Twenty20 cricket and Australia allow him to go all out for wickets. It can provide thrilling viewing with a heady concoction of bouncers and yorkers. When it goes wrong he can go round the park, but batsmen underestimate the challenge at their peril.

England didn't need to change their batting line-up during the Ashes so Eoin Morgan has spent the tour kicking his heels. Now he has the chance to show his class and remind everyone that in the limited-overs game he is becoming a consistent matchwinner. There will be an issue over his lack of cricket - he has played one first-class innings on tour and faced one ball against the PM's XI - but he is such a confident player, who will back his natural instinct, that he can slot straight back in.

Team news

Australia are fielding a mixture of youth and experience with Brett Lee returning and the uncapped Aaron Finch from Victoria likely to debut. There will be no lack of pace in the bowling attack, while David Hussey is one of the finest T20 batsmen in the world. The young fast bowler James Pattinson should debut in one of the two matches, although the selectors might allow him to start his career at home in Melbourne, for the second game.

Australia (probable) 1 David Warner, 2 Shane Watson, 3 Aaron Finch, 4 David Hussey, 5 Cameron White (capt), 6 Steven Smith, 7 Tim Paine (wk), 8 Mitchell Johnson, 9 Steve O'Keefe, 10 Brett Lee, 11 Shaun Tait.

England's most interesting selection revolves around the opening berth. Craig Kieswetter is out with injury and Ian Bell's form is so strong that he could keep Michael Lumb, a World T20 winner and IPL player, out of the starting XI. Elsewhere there is no James Anderson, who is back home for a break, so Ajmal Shahzad is likely to earn his chance.

England (probable) 1 Ian Bell, 2 Steven Davies (wk), 3 Kevin Pietersen, 4 Paul Collingwood (capt), 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Luke Wright, 7 Michael Yardy, 8 Tim Bresnan, 9 Graeme Swann, 10 Ajmal Shahzad, 11 Chris Tremlett.

Stats and trivia

  • England will set a new world record of eight consecutive victories if they are successful in Adelaide.

  • These two teams have only played once previously in Australia, at Sydney in 2006-07. The home side inflicted a thumping 77-run defeat. Cameron White, the new captain, hit 40 off 20 balls to take the Man-of-the-Match award on his Twenty20 debut.


"It's really a fresh start for this team specifically, hopefully a change of format, a change of luck."
Cameron White hopes for better things after Australia's Ashes loss

"It's not easy to win that many games on the trot in Twenty20, they are another two huge games for us."
Paul Collingwood is gunning for a world record eight T20 wins on the trot

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • 5wombats on January 12, 2011, 20:46 GMT

    @Marcio - I tell you what - FULL marks for stubborness! You are truly excellent to banter with - a real challenge.... honestly.... I've been enjoying it!!!! You do need to move on from this Warne, Gilchrist and McGrath thing though - an obvious truth is that they are not playing anymore - and boy does it show.... Also - England beat that lot in 2005 - so my thing would be - regarding these figures form history - so what? Another obvious truth - England didn't need any superstars to put 3 Innings defeats on Australia AT HOME this time around. You ARE RIGHT about this though - we can finally agree on something; "Their success this season has depended primarily upon teamwork, good leadership and smart preparation". Absolutely. Nobody wins the Ashes as a result of the others sides dumbness or bad luck either though - to say that is to suggest England didn't have to play out of their skins to beat Austrlia. How about a fair go for England this time @Marcio? You know they played well.

  • Marcio on January 12, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    That's OK 5 Wombats. I enjoy upsetting your parochialism, and telling you a few obvious truths. One more time. Eng doesn't have any superstars, and their stats show that clearly. Their success this season has depended primarily upon teamwork, good leadership and smart preparation. I can't apologise for stating what is obvious. It has been pointed out that AUS have no Warne, Gilchrist or McGrath. My point: neither does England.

  • pom_don on January 12, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    England had a bit of an off day (they are entitled one in a while) but even on an off day still managed the win, the Aussie speed kings also do not pose the threat that matches the hype & fielding is very poor (as usual) I look forward to the second game I think England will turn the screws much harder.

  • 5wombats on January 12, 2011, 11:57 GMT

    England win again. Nice to see Australia haven't forgotten how to chase leather! But well played England.

  • 5wombats on January 12, 2011, 9:06 GMT

    @Marcio - you are like a broken record. England outplayed Aus in all departments in the Ashes. First Class averages are irrelevent; Bangladesh test players have the same First class averages as Australian test players. Does this mean Bangladesh could give Aus a game? No. You are like the guy who sits in the Restaurant and when he says to the waiter, "Check please" - the waiter says; "Certainly sir - what kind? Reality?"

  • Marcio on January 12, 2011, 8:17 GMT

    Nice one @landl47. I note your under 19 team finished way below the AUS world cup winning team recently. Looks like those unbeatable 19-23 year olds you boast about will have a much shorter reign at the top than you think. @BP1973, try reading what I wrote before burning those straw men. Unusual wet weather conditions were probably about 20% of the issue. I never said they were the main factor. There's plenty to work on with the selectors, management, leadership and skills of players. I hardly think that is burying the head in the sand. England's player base hasn't suddenly transformed in the 4 years since they were beaten 5-0 here. It's the management of the team and its cohesiveness which has improved most, while AUS's has gone backwards dramatically.

  • DadofCobalt on January 12, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    @jonesy2 - what planet are you living on? Bell gave your lot a mauling 2 days ago. Love him or hate him, KP is world class in any form of the game, Collingwood remains one of the best fielders in the world. Today's squad contains 8 of the players who thrashed Australia in Barbados in May (or don't you call 7 wickets with 3 overs to spare a thrashing?)

  • AJ_Tiger86 on January 12, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    England, the World Champions in Twenty20, and the Ashes Winners, are by far the best team in the world in all three formats of the game. In fact, I think this England side is the greatest team to have ever played the game of cricket, and the scary part is they haven't peaked yet with young players like Morgan and Finn still developing.

  • Something_Witty on January 12, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    @ landl, that's just not true. Aus has plenty of young talent coming through. Just as much as England has, if not more. Our problem in recent times has been poor selections, poorer coaching and the fact that our boys have been playing dumb cricket.

  • dr.thirsty on January 12, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    Hey Jonesy... Hedging your bets with that last sentence aren't you? Tut tut tut, not like you mate. Still, if the unthinkable happens and you do lose to the 'worst' T20 side in the world, you can always bring in all those missing stars that you seem to have been hiding from the world. Can't think who they might be...

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