Australia v England, 1st T20, Hobart

Twenty20 provides England's winning chance

The Preview by Brydon Coverdale

January 28, 2014

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Match Facts

Wednesday, January 29, 2014, Hobart
Start time 1935 local (0835 GMT)

Big Picture

No, it's not over yet. England's wretched tour of Australia does not officially end for another five days. Some members of the browbeaten Test and ODI squads have now gone home, including Alastair Cook and Ian Bell, but others remain. Stuart Broad, Joe Root, Boyd Rankin and Ben Stokes landed in Australia in October preparing to defend the Ashes and now the best they can do is go home with a victory in the three-match Twenty20 series. At least they have a very strong chance of achieving that, given the strength of their T20 side and the list of Australian players who are instead heading to South Africa to prepare for the Test series.

Australia finished the ODI series with the No.1 ranking but they will enter this game as the eighth best T20 side in the world, according to the ICC rankings, while England sit sixth. For both teams, this is an important series ahead of the World T20, which begins in late March in Bangladesh. Remarkably, Australia have played only six matches since the last World T20, which was held in Sri Lanka in 2012; England have played nine and are perhaps more advanced in their planning for this year's tournament.

"That's I think our biggest challenge," Australia's captain George Bailey said. "But it's a challenge that every team faces, that there's no continuity through Twenty20 series. You come together at the end of a summer or you tend to be between Tests and one-dayers and it's over in four or five days. Quite often there's a big turnover and sometimes it's tough to remember who played in the last Twenty20 let alone what sort of role they played.

"There can be a tendency for guys to maybe put their hand up and try and play for themselves but we'll be making clear to them that this is a great opportunity to play the way that we want to play and that will be just as important as the result."

Form guide

(Completed matches, most recent first)

Australia LLWLL
England WLLWL

Watch out for

Cameron White and Luke Wright celebrate a wicket, Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Stars, Big Bash League, Brisbane, January 11, 2014
Cameron White and Luke Wright have been Melbourne Stars team-mates this summer but now they find themselves opponents © Getty Images

Cameron White has not played for Australia in any format since the World T20 in Sri Lanka in 2012, so this series is an opportunity for him to re-establish himself as an international cricketer. White has had a productive summer in all formats and has been an effective opener for the Melbourne Stars this summer, a role he may now be asked to play in the Australia team.

White's opening partner at the Stars has been Luke Wright and while the pair may be reunited for Tuesday's semi-final against the Hobart Hurricanes, for the next three games they will be opponents. Wright is third on the BBL run tally this summer with 275 runs at 34.37 and will be a key man at the top of England's order in this series.

Team news

The absence of several first-choice players including David Warner, Shane Watson and Mitchell Johnson, means that Australia may try some new things in this series. White may join Aaron Finch at the top of the order and it remains to be seen whether the raw legspinner James Muirhead will debut in Hobart.

The only apparent certainty is that Mitchell Starc, who is returning from a back injury, will not play in the first game. "I think he's still building up so I think the plan at this stage is for him to play the last couple, or the last game of this series," Bailey said.

Australia (possible) 1 Aaron Finch, 2 Cameron White, 3 Chris Lynn, 4 George Bailey (capt), 5 Glenn Maxwell, 6 Moises Henriques, 7 Matthew Wade (wk), 8 Ben Cutting, 9 Nathan Coulter-Nile, 10 Josh Hazlewood, 11 James Muirhead.

An influx of Twenty20 specialists means England's side will look quite different from the ODI outfit, with Michael Lumb, Alex Hales and Luke Wright all available for top-order positions. There are plenty of all-round options in England's side, which means they could bat very deep depending on how the selectors balance the team.

England (possible) 1 Michael Lumb, 2 Alex Hales, 3 Luke Wright, 4 Eoin Morgan, 5 Joe Root / Ravi Bopara, 6 Jos Buttler (wk), 7 Ben Stokes, 8 Stuart Broad (capt), 9 Chris Jordan, 10 James Tredwell, 11 Jade Dernbach.

Pitch and conditions

The Hobart pitch should be good for batting. In the three completed BBL games there this summer, the first-innings totals have been 162, 167 and 209, and in all cases the team batting first has won. The forecast for Wednesday in Hobart is for a top temperate of 22C.

Stats and trivia

  • Australia have only one player in the top 40 on the ICC's Twenty20 bowling rankings and he - Shane Watson - is not in this squad

  • Alex Hales is the No.1 Twenty20 international batsman in the world, according to the ICC's rankings

  • Australia lost all three of their home T20s last summer; their last win at home came over India in February 2012

  • This will be the second Twenty20 international ever held at Bellerive Oval; the first was four years ago when Australia beat West Indies


"Once again [there are] some good opportunities for some guys to come into a squad and with a World Cup so close there's some spots up for grabs so there's plenty to play for."
George Bailey says the Australians will have no shortage of motivation.

"The focus is purely on what we do in Australia and once we've got these three games, and hopefully a series win, under our belt we can focus on planning more on the World Twenty20."
Stuart Broad says England want to finish the tour on a winning note

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Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 14:11 GMT)

Ali ready to rumble! England need Ali, who is an explosive left handed batsman, and a option of spin bowling in the T20 series against Australia.

Out of all fairness, he deserves a chance soon.

Posted by JG2704 on (January 29, 2014, 10:24 GMT)

@Mitty2 on (January 29, 2014, 6:45 GMT) No worries there. I did actually submit a post of apology re the 12-1 as I thought you were saying Eng lost 12-1 in India but you were predicting a 12-1 aggregate here. Having just watched our shambolic bowling effort I think you could be right. 214 is a big ask on any surface. Still at least we've learnt our lessons and wont have Ravi and Root there clogging up our runs...

Posted by cccrider on (January 29, 2014, 8:32 GMT)

Ben Dunk should have played. He's been creaming them, and at this ground.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 8:31 GMT)

England will lose because they have set themselves up mentally to lose, ever since their first loss on this tour. Even when they should win, they manage to lose (see the last ODI). It will take a revamped team to erase the tape. Note that the "new names" in the T20 side are actually not new, but partakers of the same mental condition.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 7:43 GMT)

@jonesy2, Surely you're exaggerating about the whole Mitch Marsh statement. How can a kid who's played only 3 T20I's be "the worlds best all rounder in this format." And better yet, in these T20I's he's only taken 1 wicket and that's come at an average of 42 and an economy of over 8. I think Ravi Ashwin is closer to the title of "worlds best allrounder in this format." than Marsh.

Posted by DylanBrah on (January 29, 2014, 7:37 GMT)

Another 3rd string Aussie side. Should be an easy win for England.

Posted by Mitty2 on (January 29, 2014, 6:45 GMT)

@JG2704, ok, on a different note, just so we can straighten things out, please read my response on the other board (the Stuart Broad England is scary one) thanks. To still comment on these boards just as frequently when you're losing as to when you're winning is very commendable and something I couldn't do at times against India and England in July/August. Cheers.

@greatshinwari, "Laughlin is a good t20 bowler" - laughable. Laughin concedes about 10 an over every game he plays for us and not much better when he plays for the Hurricanes from when I see him

Posted by greatshinwari on (January 29, 2014, 6:02 GMT)

i dont know why CA selects Mathew waste...tim paine is much better player than him...bowling will be concern for australia..they must select ben laughlin or tait for coulter-nile or hazzlewood...laughlin is a good t20 bowler...i thnk england wil easily win this match...

Posted by jonesy2 on (January 29, 2014, 5:16 GMT)

surely moises isnt playing? shouldn't he be on the plane to RSA? bring in mitch marsh for goodness sake! hes the worlds best allrounder in this format. if joe root plays I feel I may lose it with laughter. England bowling lineup is the worst ive ever seen on paper I think, Australia should either post well over 200 or chase down anything. the ben Laughlin non selection is shambolic

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 3:43 GMT)

Napier is crying out for selection, I also agree with Moeen Ali. What the heck is Root, a slow bat even at test level, doing anywhere near the squad? Hales, Lumb, Wright, Ali, Morgan, Bopara, Buttler, Stokes, Napier, Broad, Willey // Rayner, Eckersley, Jordan and Vince as the back-ups

Posted by __PK on (January 29, 2014, 2:42 GMT)

Thank god Lynn finally gets a run. I'd still like to see Cutting batting up the order a bit, he's a freak.

Posted by BradmanBestEver on (January 29, 2014, 2:09 GMT)

They should introduce a new form of the game called 1-1.

England could win one over perhaps and then we could all go home and do something else until the next test match

Posted by bren19 on (January 29, 2014, 1:24 GMT)

Is Australia so poor t T20 because wee don't know how to play it or how to select for it?

Posted by wellrounded87 on (January 29, 2014, 1:11 GMT)

@big dog, Lynn has been in great form in all 3 formats and has shown he can not only come in late in an innings and blast away but he can also come in and consolidate before finishing strong. Dunk is unlucky to missout but one good season of BBL doesn't trump an entire season of strong batting perfromances. Plus Lyn can bowl some handy offies if the situation requires it.

Cutting at 8 is a silly pick, his short form bowling isn't that great but he can be a match winner with the bat however not at 8 he can't. Batting him down the order cost the heat 1 maybe 2 games this season and it looks like Australia are making the same mistake.

Honestly who cares about rankings. T20 is such a flip of the coin game that it's quite usual for a number 10 ranked team to absolutely demolish the number 1 ranked team

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 1:11 GMT)

Australia have gone on has been consistent with bat and ball not who got heaps of runs and if should ben dunk then we probably should of picked craig simmons as well

Posted by lillee4PM on (January 29, 2014, 1:06 GMT)

So, if Eng loose the T20 series will they challenge us to 3xT10's before they go home to give them a chance of feeling good about something? Anyone for a game of baseball?

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 29, 2014, 0:34 GMT)

It really doesn't look like Australia have picked a very balanced team. Watching the BBL all of Muirhead, Cutting, Maxwell and Henriques rarely bowl there 4 over quota. Most bowl 2 overs. We need 12 out of them in an international. That is where the carnage will occur. THen you have both Coulter-Nile and Hazlewood as hit the deck bowlers and not sure any of them should be bowling at the end of the match. If Henriques listed to bat at 6 he is better of being replaced with a more reliable bowler perhaps a Hastings. Then you have Cutting, Hazlewood and Coulter-Nile all very much the same replace one of them with Richardson and it looks a bit better.

Posted by C.Gull on (January 29, 2014, 0:21 GMT)

Looks to me like Australia is back to that old (90s-style?) approach of introducing international players in the shorter formats before progressing them to Test cricket... I thought this method had been largely abandoned since distinct attributes and skill sets evolved for T20, one-day and five-day cricket, but I guess not everyone sees it this way.

I agree with those suggesting that the Wade experiment is over (frankly it's far outstayed its welcome) and it's time to go back to Paine or someone else... but only as backup for Hadds (who seems to have morphed into Superman) of course.

Posted by LoungeChairCritic on (January 28, 2014, 23:56 GMT)

The ozzi team looks a bit ordinary on paper tonight. You would say England have a better team on paper. Despite the above I am all for giving less experienced players exposure to international cricket in a 20/20 series that does not mean that much. Our best players need to be focused on South Africa. Even though it will be hard to replace Kalllis, the Saffers have a quality side that play good aggressive cricket. Although I really enjoy 20/20 and I think it has been wonderful for the game, I don't think you can beat a hotly contested test match.

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (January 28, 2014, 23:09 GMT)

@Cod+Chips: I think Topley has ruled himself out and wants to try and rest up for County Cricket. Now if only Swann had had the sense to do the same before the Ashes...

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 22:25 GMT)

@Big-Dog: Agree Dunk should have been picked, but at the expense of Wade. He is as good with the gloves and Wade has looked out of sorts with the bat lately. T20 is such a form and confidence game that you can't pick a side based on what worked 6 months ago. Also, as entertaining as Cutting has been as a late order hitter, his bowling has leaked runs. How about we pick someone who can bowl a yorker at the death?!? Hastings? Laughlin?

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 22:02 GMT)

You guys are right, the shorter the form of the game the more chance England have. Ideally it would be a one ball game with Cook taking 40 minutes to set the field, Finn hitting the stumps with his leg and the opposition winning off a no ball, the match finished and everyone relieved its over.

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (January 28, 2014, 21:44 GMT)

Haz95, clearly with those players Aus has an exceptional pool of talent in this format. The rankings are a combination of a lot of close losses (plain bad luck in this format whe luck plays a key part) but mostly because of poor scheduling & low priority.

Aus played a series vs SL last year, who are ranked #1. They lost both games, but the only real difference between the teams was a couple of wild slogs here & there. SL had a stable team which had been playing together since the ODI series, while Aus chose a new & experimental team that hadn't played together. This is typical of the way Aus approaches T20 games. This series isn't any different.

Australia made the semis of the t20 World Cup, & that was a reasonable measure of their true abilities. And I do recall that they had some very poor team selections there, especially in middle order batting, so they could have done much better with smarter selections.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 20:52 GMT)

napier! yes forgotten man. brilliant short format player

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 20:52 GMT)

australia is da tm who fight until last ball.... so simply we cnt say England will win easily.... theecis a potential chance 4r australia as they will hv home matter what is their t20 rank.

Posted by VivGilchrist on (January 28, 2014, 20:51 GMT)

One day, one very fine day, Australia might play a full strength, first choice team in T20 cricket. I don't think it has ever happened before. Players seemed to be rested or they are testing the bench strength so until then we will stay where we are in the rankings. Having said that if a team wins a few games in a row they almost go to no1 in this format anyway....

Posted by disco_bob on (January 28, 2014, 20:04 GMT)

I can't see Australia (either the team or the country) being up for this t20 series but now that Broad has revealed how much it means to him, that makes it more interesting and give us another scab to pick at.

Posted by Big-Dog on (January 28, 2014, 19:22 GMT)

I don't understand how Australia can select Lynn ahead of Ben Dunk who is the leading domestic T20 scorer. Bellerive is also his home ground. Looking at the Australian lineup you can see why they are only ranked No. 8 in the world. England will win easily.

Posted by CodandChips on (January 28, 2014, 18:51 GMT)

But based on the squad I'd select:

1.Hales 2.Lumb 3.Root 4.Morgan (c) 5.Buttler 6.Wright 7.Stokes 8.Broad 9.Jordan 10.Briggs 11.Dernbach

Improving our bowling is more important than batting in T20Is. When we won WT20 2011, we had the best bowling attack by miles. Also domestically, I feel that when Hampshire dominated it was because of the bowling. Don't forget Middlesex in 2008.

We need specilist bowlers. Gurney was selected in the 30 man sqaud for WT20. Dernbach has struggled in ODIs but is (6th/7th ?)in T20I rankings. Briggs has struggled for England but is one of the better T20 spinners domestically. Perhaps Topley?- he's done well in white ball cricket for Essex. I like Napier, as he bowls an excellent yorker and can bowl at a reasonable pace.

Posted by JG2704 on (January 28, 2014, 18:49 GMT)

@Whatsgoinoffoutthere on (January 28, 2014, 12:42 GMT) In this series it's been our middle order which have been too pedestrian. Take out Morgan and Buttler and you have 3 players that are going at around 70-75 on 300 par pitches. Wright's 2013 40 over form was far better than Hales. Hales averaged 35 with a SR of 101 - Wright averaged 62 at a SR of 148. You'd also get a bowling option. I'm not against Dernbach's inclusion. We seem to have little depth in that dept. I'm not sure if I'm right here but he often seems able to bowl a couple of tidy overs 1st off and when he comes back he gets smacked all over the place. Wondering - if his 1st spell is going well - whether he should just bowl right through or until he starts getting smacked about? In these formats I don't know why we often save bowlers so many overs for the death when they are going well up front and then in the death they start leaking big runs

Posted by JG2704 on (January 28, 2014, 18:46 GMT)

@salazar555 on (January 28, 2014, 10:52 GMT) Bopara has actually done many a good job for England in shorter formats as a bowler. I'd have him nowhere near the top 6 as a batsman but I still think he offers as much as most pacers and most spinners in the bowling dept.. PS not sure we'll smash Australia. I've watched some of the BBL and guys like Lynn - while unknown by many - look very dangerous

@Mitty2 on (January 28, 2014, 12:38 GMT) FFL predictably disappeared but never noticed S555 disappearing

Posted by Haz95 on (January 28, 2014, 18:38 GMT)

Doubt this. Australia are becoming are formidable opponent in all 3 formats now. I still don't understand why they're ranked 8 when they have the likes of Watson, Finch, Warner, Bailey, Maxwell, Faulkner who are all capable of hitting blistering 6s. Englands test XI was also meant to be 'scary' and we saw what happened. Lucky for me I can support Pakistan as I'm a pakistani too. The player to look out for in England will be Hales who hasn't been extraordinary in BBL, I see another 100 being hit against England. The main reason for Englands failure on this dreadful tour is because of they're psychological weaknesses, it happened versus Ajmal and Rehman last year and it happened vs Johnson and Siddle this year. They will bounce back, especially Cook, Pieterson and Anderson and we will see the same side who beat IND at home.

Posted by CodandChips on (January 28, 2014, 17:40 GMT)

Best T20I team:1.Hales 2.Lumb 3.Pietersen 4.Morgan 5.Buttler 6.Stokes 7.Moeen Ali 8.Broad 9.Napier 10.Jordan (If Willey was fit have Willey at 8 and Napier and Broad drop down, Jordan drop out) 11.Briggs- reserves Root, Davies, Borthwick, Gurney

Napier is the best death bowler in the country. Bowls and excellent yorker. Luke Wright may be doing well domestically but rarely delivers internationally. I'd love Morgan as captain. Moeen Ali's spin has improved and so could do the Mike Yardy role.

Joe Root does need a rest though.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 17:23 GMT)

nic maddison is missing, poor selection........

Posted by Front-Foot_lunge on (January 28, 2014, 16:31 GMT)

As an England fan, I cant help but feel that as the format gets shorter,we're more likely to win a game. Trounced 5-0 in the tests, we lost the ODI's 4-1, so for a 3 T20 series, I suspect we may actually win 2 of them!......winter is coming.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 15:58 GMT)

In the shorter version of the game england will shine as they have very good young all rounders. Even if they had a bad tour they are capable of turning the table if they will win the toss and bat and put up a good score more than 160 runs and put pressure on Aussies.

Posted by tinkertinker on (January 28, 2014, 14:47 GMT)

Australia don't seem to put any real thought in 20/20 selection, seems like a wildly different squad everytime they play.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 14:29 GMT)

Needless to say, the series thus far has been a major disaster from England's standpoint, it has left them deeply crestfallen and wondering how it could all come crashing down, 'in a burning heap of fire', so fast! Perhaps the Twenty20 matches will give them something to cheer about as the ordeal mercifully concludes this weekend!

There will be, almost certainly, a post mortem after the browbeaten bunch returns to thecomforting shores of England. Many will, undoubtedly, lose their place in the team, including the higher-ups, and it won't be pretty.

On the other hand, the Aussies are clearly on the ascendancy and will be an exciting team to watch, in all formats, in the months leading up to next year's WC in their own backyard.

Posted by RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on (January 28, 2014, 13:51 GMT)

Selection of Wade ahead of Paine is debatable .

So is the inclusion of Cutting. His primary job is bowling, at which he is very mediocre in T20 cricket. As for his big hitting, he is merely a slogger and when he faces half-decent bowlers, he gets exsposed. Anyways, if u r picking a bowler because of his batting 'skills', it speaks a thing or two about the trust you have in your batsmen.

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (January 28, 2014, 13:16 GMT)

New format, = new teams, = clean slate... A chance for England to leave this tour with half a smile on their faces at least, if nothing else.

Predicted England team actually looks a decent team on paper; several big hitting batsmen and about seven bowling options. Don't see the point of playing Root - I'd go for Bopara; as other posters have said it's his useful bowling that probably keeps his feet through the door of the selectors' parlour.

Australian's also have a decent squad and it's somewhat intimidating that there are so many other big names being rested from this series! Depth in abundance, but this can make or break a team/series as it's harder to choose the right balance of players. Not a big fan of Wade and surprised he's still being persisted with; agree with the calls for Paine instead.

Posted by Whatsgoinoffoutthere on (January 28, 2014, 12:42 GMT)

No, please, not those words again! You know, Jade Dernbach. I think this has to be last chance for him to show some consistency.

As for Alex Hales, I wonder when England are going to wake up and see how he plays at the top of the order in ODIs too. The Bell/Cook combination is a bit too pedestrian for my liking.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 12:41 GMT)

Australia win the series and also T20 as well

Posted by Mitty2 on (January 28, 2014, 12:38 GMT)

@salazar555, I thought you'd gone? We've seen the likes of FFL disappear, why not you? You were saying the same thing before the Ashes series started. Don't think I need to remind you of the result...

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 12:34 GMT)

anyone else here tired of watching the poms lose to oz over and over again? The irony here is that oz aren't even that good at the moment. England are just rubbish! Really looking forward to SA teaching the aussies a lesson

Posted by LSMKirkpatrick on (January 28, 2014, 12:14 GMT)

How are the mighty fallen. Tests 0-5, ODI 1-4 and now our "best" hope of a series win is in this travesty of a cricket match called T20. A game that in the context of an Ashes tour should only be played to raise money for charity. God help cricket if T20 is the future because if that is the case then the future is bleak indeed.

Posted by Bamber on (January 28, 2014, 11:12 GMT)

With Bopara and Dernbach in the England team, the Aussies just need to turn up to repeat the painful treatment we've seen so far. Why do the selectors persist with these second-raters??

Posted by salazar555 on (January 28, 2014, 11:04 GMT)

England will smash OZ in this format.

Posted by salazar555 on (January 28, 2014, 10:52 GMT)

Bopara needs to be removed from all England teams. He's a liability. When England win it's despite him not because of him. How he's managed to play so many times for England is a mystery to me. His record is poor in every format

Posted by Living_It on (January 28, 2014, 10:38 GMT)

Really looking forward to another superb performance from Wade (sarcasm). Expecting either a very low score, or his more usual 20 runs off about 30 balls, resulting in our huge hitters such as cutting not being able to get a bat. On top of being a terrible shorter format batter (purely on batting i would still have him 2nd in Aus after haddin for tests), there is his terrible glovework. Dunk or Paine or even Ludeman to fill in for Haddin in T20s please!!!!

My Aus side for this match: 1 Finch 2 White 3 Christian (approx 3 overs) 4 Bailey 5 Lynn 6 Maxwell (approx 4 overs) 7 Cutting (approx 3 overs) 8 Wade 9 Coulter Nile (approx 4 overs) 10 Richardson (approx 3 overs) 11 Hazlewood (approx 4 overs)

If when the 5th wicket falls and its hit the 14th over i would actualy push wade down to 10, because even coota and richardon are better boundary hitters. Christian is up at 3 so the middle order can be strengthened saving lynn and maxwell for later in the innings.

Posted by JG2704 on (January 28, 2014, 10:28 GMT)

This is definitely England's best chance of winning. However we MUST 100% play Buttler above Root/Bopara. Root/Bopara are both lacking fluency at the moment. Root actually has the best SR in the Eng line up but basically it is from one innings and I really dont see him going at anywhere near 182 as the norm. Bopara should be absolutely nowhere near ANY international side if it was not for his bowling.He averages only slightly less than Jos but his SR is significantly better. 20 overs is not enough to be holding your best strikers back. We look vulnerable bowlingwise but I think we always will. We will miss Swann big time across all 3 formats

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 10:13 GMT)

If Wade get selected before Paine, that would be a mistake, not only has Paine been scoring runs at good strike rate, opens or bats 7 and is Australias Best Current Keeper, Wade is prob not even in the top 10 of Australian keeperd

Posted by anton1234 on (January 28, 2014, 10:10 GMT)

I wouldn't say this Aussie side is B side at all. Other than Warner and Watson (who are being rested) I think this is as good a side they could have picked. The only guy who I have some qualms over is Matthew Wade. I think Hobart Hurricanes WK batsman Tim Paine would be the better choice.

Posted by that_guy on (January 28, 2014, 9:55 GMT)

Australia just don't take t20s seriously.... until they do they will never rise above #8. T20 is the future and Australia will remain stuck in the past. At least we've got the BBL, time for a Goldcoast team

Posted by AlSmug on (January 28, 2014, 9:23 GMT)

Got to feel for England I am glad Aussies posted a weak squad with most classy players on the plane to Sth Africa. A humiliating long long summer for the inferior English team sums it up, they came to Australia as favorites to take the urn again and win the odi series they went home with a tanned hide spanked beat into submission and a large physiologist bill , in the words of apu...please come again..

Posted by cricketsubh on (January 28, 2014, 9:18 GMT)

noy picking madison is abig mistake and this is aus B SIDE in t20s i do not think crowd can come huge numbers to see the match aus B VS ENGLAND

Posted by Mitty2 on (January 28, 2014, 7:55 GMT)

@anupam, very good question. He didn't do much wrong in his debut scoring a very entertaining 30-40 odd... The lack of t20 international coverage is astounding considering how much the IPL and BBL get... I don't even know who's in our squad, let alone if Maddo was dropped or not.

This'll be Lynn's debut if I'm not wrong which is exciting... His striking ability was even on show against England in one of their tour games (WA 2nd XI?) which I watched on CA's live stream - has a heap of talent. White's deserving of a look in in all formats atm so glad to see him back in. A brilliant tactician and leader, hopefully this time for Aus his batting is the focus.

There's something sobering about seeing Cutting in the t20 team - it's as if they prefer his batting. His white ball bowling has always been far inferior to his red ball abilities, but now with a poor shield season and of course Ryobi and BBL, I think the selectors have pigeon-holed him for his lower order hitting.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 7:31 GMT)

Where is Nic Maddinson? He was terrific when he played in India, anyone knows?

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 6:29 GMT)

Alex hales and Aaron finch both side openers will play a key role in the match 60 - 40 % chances 60 % Australia

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