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

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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.

Quotes

"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...

  • 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...

  • _Australian_ on January 12, 2011, 7:16 GMT

    @pom_dom. So I had a look at the rankings. Haven't changed much in the last few months. Where did I mention your players origin?? Feeling guilty or something?? Not one player you mentioned has the stats or talent of our recent greats. Your side just like ours will not go on for ever. I mention to take out 5 as that is what has happened to us with retirements. Sure you may have a better starting side currently but how can you prove you have any better players in depth for the future? We have great 19-23 year olds too. Depth does not mean a thing. How do you know if some of Australia's young players wont be any good? Like I said we wont take 24 years to win in England again like it took England to win here.

  • samlil on January 12, 2011, 7:12 GMT

    They're right Marcio. But I did have a few moments of optimism after reading your comments. It's just hard to admit that they were better this time. Still, I think the Poms are getting a bit carried away with themselves... reality check is overdue. Hopefully tonight.....

  • Something_Witty on January 12, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    Can anyone honestly say they will care about the result of these T20 games? Honestly, it's just Micky Mouse cricket, might as well just toss a coin and decide the victor there.

  • landl47 on January 12, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    Nice try, Marcio, but consider this. If you're right, how did England manage to bowl out Australia 4 times in the second innings, including on pitches in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney that weren't doing anything much at all? How is it that England haven't lost a series in any format in 2010, and have 6 wins and a tie in their last 7 test series? How is it that in this series England won 3 games by an innings, the first time Australia have EVER had that happen to them? Look at the gap statistically between the two sides- England dominate in every category. Heck, Colly took more catches than Haddin!This is an England side which has come to maturity, playing against an Australian side which was not only poorly selected and led, but which didn't have the talent England were able to put on the field. Aus has very few good young players coming through, while England has a bunch of excellent 19-23 year olds. Get used to losing, there's a lot of it ahead.

  • BP1973 on January 12, 2011, 6:10 GMT

    Marcio, you are in the Andrew Hilditch camp of denial. Yes, England were better prepared, yes they played smart, but they are also a far better side and have significantly greater strength in depth. The performances of the "back-up" bowlers, Tremlett and Bresnan was outstanding. You have your head in the sand if you think the answer to Australia's woes is winning more tosses and bowling first more often....

  • jonesy2 on January 12, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    hahahaha ian bell playing t20 opening the batting facing tait and lee. this is by no means aus's strongest team a lot of stars missing but this should be enough to blow away that club grade standard english team. that whole english bowling attack bar swann wouldnt get a game in any aus domestic team, neither would davies, lumb, bell, collingwood, wright, yardy. but like i said crazier things have happened and the way things are going i wouldnt be surprised to see more upsets

  • onnaib_tariq on January 12, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    i hope that this tym australia will win

  • mansel on January 12, 2011, 4:08 GMT

    @onethinkiwi Pfff Watson, Warner, D Hussey and White can hit it as far as anyone mate as their t20 records suggest. Tait and Lee are both as fast as you get and you know this. Concentrate on the kiwis winning a game mate.

    FYI - obviously several players are being rested. My top T20 AU team would be: Warner, Watson, White, D Hussey, M Hussey, Christian, Smith, Haddin, Nannes, Tait, Lee. I would also open with M Hussey.

  • Marcio on January 12, 2011, 4:00 GMT

    @pom-don. So you have "Morgan, Bopara, Broad,Bresnan,Finn,Tremlett,Swan,Anderson,Panasar." Sorry, but none of these are superstars (Swann is world class admittedly). Many of those bowlers have less than 20 wickets in tests. They are no better than a long list of players at AUS's disposal. You didn't win the ashes because of having more ability. You have a long list of bowlers who average 28-36 and batsmen who average 40-45. Take a look at the stats yourself. Eng. won because they were better prepared and played smart. It also helped that this was AUS's wettest season in decades, and Eng bowled first 4/5 times on wet, seaming wickets and humid conditions. The series would have been a lot closer if AUS had bowled first 4/5 times (they might even have won). Eng also found seaming conditions difficult the only times they faced them - the first innings at the Gabba, and in Perth, where the ball moved around the whole game.

  • Marcio on January 12, 2011, 3:49 GMT

    What is more important than including specific players is to develop a strong core team, & keep it together. At least as far as the Ashes went, Eng had no real superstars, just a well balanced team that played to its potential (in some cases, such as Cook's, far above potential). Chopping & changing the team is bad. I note, Australia have left out their best performed batsman & bowler from the T20 word cup - M Hussey and Dirk Nannes. In fact Nannes was the star bowler of the tournament. Now he can't get a game for AUS. Why is that? He must be really dirty on the selectors. Meanwhile, M Johnson has failed repeatedly & is picked yet again. I hope he gets dropped if he bowls his usual crap. I can only imagine this is being used as a trial for the 1day world cup. Why else would our best T20 bowler be ommitted? The summer began with selectors picking Clarke to open in T20 against SL. Winning wasn't a priority - so they destroyed the team's confidence & est a losing habit. Dumber & dumberer.

  • legb4 on January 12, 2011, 3:16 GMT

    I was with you pom_don about your depth as if anyone thinks we have anywhere near the depth of the poms they are way off but then you mentioned Panesar and you lost me mate. Wasnt he the worlds best spin bowler 4 years ago.

  • mjcoxx on January 12, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    Is Dirk Nannes injured or retired?

  • crow_eater on January 12, 2011, 1:49 GMT

    Bring it on, should be a great game, I just hope the rain stays away, very overcast out there atm. Why is Smith in when Dan Christian is in such great form, oh thats right Christians not from NSW. Ferguson should be there to but I suppose thats too much to ask. All I want now is some sunshine & watching Bell's middle stump cartwheeling out of the ground from a Tait delivery. Can't wait!!

  • landl47 on January 12, 2011, 1:21 GMT

    The team that lost the Ashes has won the short games, once the administrators moved the short games so that they follow the test series. England won in Australia in 2007 and Australia won in England in 2009. Let's face it, it didn't take away the pain of the Ashes defeat in either case. England have a decent T20 side, but without Anderson and Broad they might struggle to contain the Aus batting. Who knows what Tait and Johnson will serve up for Aus? Lee looked in reasonable form in the PM's game, but the Aus slow bowling might not fare as well as Yardy and Swann, who bowl really well in this format. There's no way of predicting these games because it only takes one batsman to go crazy, as Mike Hussey did in the T20WC semi-finals, for the side to win. Hopefully it will be an exciting game, but I don't think either side will get too high or too low whatever the result.

  • on January 12, 2011, 0:51 GMT

    what about dirk nannes?? he deserves to be there along side brett lee and shaun tait! not sure why they have so many spinners, d hussey can bowl a few along side with steven smith...no need for hauritz. shaun marsh the other unlucky one why hes not opening with warner has got me wondering? other then that the side looks pretty good some experience mixed with some youth

  • Ozcricketwriter on January 12, 2011, 0:43 GMT

    This is a half decent Aus team. Not quite right but not as dumb as the test team selections were. I'd have Hodge in for Finch, Mike Hussey in for Steve Smith, Dirk Nannes in for Mitch Johnson and Matthew Wade in for Tim Paine. At least we have the right captain though. It isn't the best team but it isn't so woeful that we don't have any chance at all. Oh and I wouldn't have had Pattinson in the squad. If they want a young, promising fast bowler then try McKay or Hastings.

  • SnowSnake on January 12, 2011, 0:30 GMT

    I think that outcome of a T20 game defies all analysis. It is a cricket format that does not lend itself to any reliable analysis any more than a random outcome by toss of coin. So, I tossed a coin and the predicted outcome was Australia's win.

  • pom_don on January 11, 2011, 23:54 GMT

    @Seaforth A1 Just pop & have a look at the ICC world rankings to show what is happening to Aus & English cricket as for strength in depth England is struggling to fit all in to the team, you mentioned take out our top five well why would we & deciding what is the top five would be difficult I mean they all performed in the test even Colly had a good contribution with his catching & run saving fielding & he has gone but Morgan, Bopara etc. are chomping at the bit to replace him & we have Broad,Bresnan,Finn,Tremlett,Swan,Anderson,Panasar, plus two world class keepers (& a few more not on tour too) for the first time in many years it seems as though we have a fairly deep pot of talent to draw on & great management too........about the origin of our players, sour grapes methinks, just think how mant 'True' Indiginous Australians you have in your team.....that would be...NIL!

  • on January 11, 2011, 23:36 GMT

    my money is with AUS. reason: they have FAST bowlers who can go 140+ by everyball, who can help them to reduce the scoring rate by england,and will provide them them the wickets also if australia wins the toss, it will be confirm AUSSIE win for this match.

  • onethinkiwi on January 11, 2011, 23:21 GMT

    @ mansel - you're right, Aus have the biggest hitting batsmen in Sehwag and Gayle, and the fastest bowlers in Steyn and Morkel... oh wait... yeah ok I'm exaggerating, Tait belongs in the list but he'd be about all

  • _Australian_ on January 11, 2011, 22:50 GMT

    @pom_don. I don't at all agree with Mansel's comment. But your comment about Australia's lack of depth is way off the mark. We do have plenty of good talent who will come through. To try and conceive that we should expect the next Warne, McGrath, Gilchrist, Hayden, or Ponting to be coming through is just a dream. These are players that don't come along so often let alone together. If we were to take the best 5 out of the current England side how would the English depth look? I agree we have just been thumped in the test series and yes England have one 3 out of the last 4. But you could also say England have won 3 out of the last 12. Why did it take so long for England to regain their winning ways? I can guarantee it wont take Australia that long to be back.

  • Meety on January 11, 2011, 21:45 GMT

    @Aussasinator - agree that the sports media in Oz - are fickle - but I disagree that a) the Poms will be treating this lightly - no bloody way, b) the media will equate a win will riva squaring up for the Ashes loss. More along the lines of some revenge for the WC loss last year. @ johntycodes - agreed, I think the priority is the 50/50 WC now, & Hussey needs a bit of a rest. I don't think he'll play much Int. T20s now. @RJHB - Finch has very good T20 stats - he did very well in the Champions League last year. @ pom_don - there is loads of talent in Oz - if we get REALLY desperate we can start poaching Saffas like the Poms did! Anyways I'm hoping for something to smile about after the most depressing 18 days of my cricket watching life. I don't really care about T20s, but I'd like to see some form moving into the 50/50 matches. A series win in the 50 over format will restore some pride. I reckon we have the cattle to do well @ the World Cup.

  • bumsonseats on January 11, 2011, 21:41 GMT

    im sorry guys but england just dont seem to think a 20/20 or a 50 over match is worth more than a test match or series win. this was before we won the 20/20 world cup or beat australia in a 1 day series , as we did last year, and that has been the case for the last 30+ years. dpk

  • stationmaster on January 11, 2011, 20:58 GMT

    @ mansel didn't you say that before the Ashes as well, dangerous copy and paste there mate.....we'll wait and see who comes crashing down (two crashes would be very hard for AUS eh ?)

  • on January 11, 2011, 19:57 GMT

    In England Team Michael Yardy ,Steve Davies have a good day.They would do very well.Steven Finn can also play well.

    In Australia Team Shane Watson can do well.Cameron White has comparatively better day than Collingwood.

  • on January 11, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    England can won this game easy. if aussy's brett lee come to the team then some hopes for wining this world cup. but not nessasary

  • milesy100 on January 11, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    would be good if england did set new 20/20 record, but the reality is...who cares about pyjama cricket?? test matches are the true barometer of class....and we just stuffed the aussies!!!!

  • pom_don on January 11, 2011, 17:44 GMT

    Re. the comment posted by Mansel regarding normal order being restored when Aus beat England in the T20.....IF & it is a big IF Australia manage to win I think it will take a lot more to restore Aus to their former winning ways than just one or even two T20 in fact looking at Australia's extreme lack of young talent when the rest of the 'old codgers' in the team retire to their pipes & slippers by the fireside......WHO IS GOING TO REPLACE THEM??

  • on January 11, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    On the Record Aussies are not best at T20 Format, on other hand England is in full form, surely the England is on Favorites.. but the Cricket is a funny games, who knows what will happen...

  • abhyudayj on January 11, 2011, 17:08 GMT

    Traditionally england are good test team and proved once by winning Ashes but Twenty20 is different format,as aussies have edge has they have superior bowling unit and they batsmen play aggressive.

  • on January 11, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    Go go Aussies GO!!my r with u....i know u are suffering a lot but i confident that soon u will cover it! wish u best of luck in tomorows game.

  • on January 11, 2011, 16:09 GMT

    "England won't win X team", "England can't win X format"... this kind of rhetoric no longer applies cricket fans, the new England can & will compete in all formats.

  • on January 11, 2011, 15:53 GMT

    australia is going to win t20 against england

  • mansel on January 11, 2011, 15:51 GMT

    I would not write off the Aussies at all... I think you will see a lot of venom in the attack that is for sure. Without doubt Australia has the biggest hitters in the world and 2 of the fastest bowlers in the world. England will come crashing down to earth and order will be restored. Can't wait.

  • hamxi on January 11, 2011, 15:34 GMT

    well this is gonna be a hell ov a game ...a chance for england to Lock their supremacy in any format of the game... n hopefully a chance for Australia to take revenge ....

  • on January 11, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    i think this will be a great game.and australia would do better in limited overs.

  • khurramiqbal on January 11, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    i think england has the best balanced side but having lee and tait in the side australia has a fair chance.steve smith is a good t20 player.his bowling and batting is better suited for t20 and odi but he is not test player.

  • RJHB on January 11, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    I'm staggered Johnson is in the lineup. Haven't we seen enough of him bowling and England lining up for their birthday buffet?? And i echo the sentiment about Ferguson missing from the team. He's proven himself a gun in the short formats at international level; who the hell is Finch?! Nannes also very unlucky, but I guess you can't really have him as well as Lee and Tait!

  • Sarlana on January 11, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    Seems both the the team equally capable....we can see the tough fight between then.... Engalnd is slidely +ve bias because of ashes confidence which australia is lacking.

  • RednWhiteArmy on January 11, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    @ aKumar.MA if that is your real name....

    "END (think you mean ENG) cant beat Aus in shorter formats"

    10/10 for Ignorance! Do you remember the T20 World cup final?

  • Marcio on January 11, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    That's right Aussasinator, the AUS media bloat, just like you will bash anything and everything Australian, win, lose or draw.

  • AKmAK on January 11, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    I can tell, AUS is about to crash END. END can't beat Aus in shorter formats and anybody have any doubt just wait and see. Which is likely or a sweet answer to ASHES...?

  • jaggisa on January 11, 2011, 11:29 GMT

    how can australia leave out Callum Ferguson, Dirk Nannes and Doug Bollinger from their First XI......

  • Rohan0309 on January 11, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    I think Watson should've been given the vice-captaincy. He is the only player consistent in all three formats and sooner or later his name will be thrown into the ring for captaincy.

  • ozwriter on January 11, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    i think matt prior should be in the england squad, and dirk nannes in the australia. hI am watching him right now. nannes is 140k+, difficult to score off and a great IPL player with good economy. playing better than siddle atm. he has to be another one hard done by

  • chad_reid on January 11, 2011, 7:45 GMT

    wow shud be a cracker both teams bat till number 10 but i think aus will win with their bowling i hope aus bat first if eng bat first they wont get much odi world champions v t20 world champions that's just good stuff

  • thewayitwass on January 11, 2011, 7:39 GMT

    where is ferguson?! he is a quality batsmen with a broad range of shots, surely he warrants a spot over finch? i guess its t20 so experimentation allowed

  • anver777 on January 11, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    Currently high riding Eng is in full of confidence,but Eng should not under estimate Aussies bcoz they r so desperate to perform better after the Ashes defeat..........

  • vishwasungal on January 11, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    good... I hope England can get it through

  • johntycodes on January 11, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    Can someone tell me how michael hussey isn't in the team after single handidly putting australia in to the final of the 20-20 world cup by belting 30 off ajhmal's over in the semi's.

  • Aussasinator on January 11, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    T20 is a good way to pass time. Not just for the spectators but for the teams as well. I dont suppose England is taking this too seriously. But if Australia wins, I'm certain that the Aussie media will bloat this out into an Ashes winning equivalent and term it a major turnaround in Oz cricket.

  • Something_Witty on January 11, 2011, 7:17 GMT

    Unless our boys start using their brains properly, I can't see us being properly competitive in the limited overs series.

  • Mitcher on January 11, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    Considering the fickle nature of T20, seven wins in a row is a fantastic effort for England and any additions to that would only add to the achievement. That said, hoping Cam White can show the quality limited overs batsman and leader he is to take Australia to a much-needed confidence boosting victory.

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  • Mitcher on January 11, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    Considering the fickle nature of T20, seven wins in a row is a fantastic effort for England and any additions to that would only add to the achievement. That said, hoping Cam White can show the quality limited overs batsman and leader he is to take Australia to a much-needed confidence boosting victory.

  • Something_Witty on January 11, 2011, 7:17 GMT

    Unless our boys start using their brains properly, I can't see us being properly competitive in the limited overs series.

  • Aussasinator on January 11, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    T20 is a good way to pass time. Not just for the spectators but for the teams as well. I dont suppose England is taking this too seriously. But if Australia wins, I'm certain that the Aussie media will bloat this out into an Ashes winning equivalent and term it a major turnaround in Oz cricket.

  • johntycodes on January 11, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    Can someone tell me how michael hussey isn't in the team after single handidly putting australia in to the final of the 20-20 world cup by belting 30 off ajhmal's over in the semi's.

  • vishwasungal on January 11, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    good... I hope England can get it through

  • anver777 on January 11, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    Currently high riding Eng is in full of confidence,but Eng should not under estimate Aussies bcoz they r so desperate to perform better after the Ashes defeat..........

  • thewayitwass on January 11, 2011, 7:39 GMT

    where is ferguson?! he is a quality batsmen with a broad range of shots, surely he warrants a spot over finch? i guess its t20 so experimentation allowed

  • chad_reid on January 11, 2011, 7:45 GMT

    wow shud be a cracker both teams bat till number 10 but i think aus will win with their bowling i hope aus bat first if eng bat first they wont get much odi world champions v t20 world champions that's just good stuff

  • ozwriter on January 11, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    i think matt prior should be in the england squad, and dirk nannes in the australia. hI am watching him right now. nannes is 140k+, difficult to score off and a great IPL player with good economy. playing better than siddle atm. he has to be another one hard done by

  • Rohan0309 on January 11, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    I think Watson should've been given the vice-captaincy. He is the only player consistent in all three formats and sooner or later his name will be thrown into the ring for captaincy.