England v Australia, 2nd T20, Chester-le-Street August 30, 2013

Australia draw confidence from Finch feat

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Match facts

August 31, Chester-le-Street
Start time 2.30pm (1330 GMT)

Big Picture

Did those at the Ageas Bowl on Thursday witness the explosion of a new Twenty20 sensation, or will "Finch-hitting" become a byword for a flash-dash-and-crash-in-the-pan one-off? Like Stay Puft terrorising Manhattan, Aaron Finch stomped around the pitch, towering over the opposition and effortlessly depositing sixes wherever he chose. He will have the chance to make bowlers' nightmares flesh again in the second T20 at Chester-le-Street - England may need to resort to calling the Ghostbusters.

At domestic level, Finch's record is formidable but it has taken a freakish knock to cement his spot in the Australia team - though credit should go to the selectors for persisting with him, after scores of 1, 7 and 4 in his three previous T20 internationals this year. Perhaps the answer is to only play him versus England, against whom he has an average of 224 from three innings.

The conditions in Durham, where bowlers can usually expect a little more TLC, may mitigate against a similar run bonanza but, after a first win in any format since beating West Indies in an ODI on February 10, Australia's confidence will have soared like one straight out of the middle of Finch's bat. This was the first time Australia had fielded the bench-press top four of Finch, David Warner, Shaun Marsh and Shane Watson and it really only takes one of those to go big to create problems for any side; another dismantling of England would set up the ODIs nicely.

For England, there was encouragement in the spirited way in which they went about their chase, including another gem from Joe Root in his first innings in the format - and that after having his lip split by a bouncer that forced its way through the grill of his helmet, too. While Finch may bestride the strike rate column in international T20 as the fastest gun to have faced 30 balls or more, there's an impish presence right on his tail: at 183.67, Root's career strike rate is just 0.11 lower. Bowl a few more yorkers and England might just make things competitive this time.

Form guide

England: LLWLW
Australia: WLLLL

Players to watch

The man set to deputise for Alastair Cook as England's ODI captain in the forthcoming series, Eoin Morgan, is fast losing his status as undroppable in limited-overs cricket. He hasn't passed fifty for England since the World Twenty20 - 23 innings in all formats - and has been in scratchy touch for Middlesex after returning from surgery on a broken finger. He could do with reminding everyone of his own personal brand of genius.

For Australia, you can't look past Aaron Finch - and that's not just because he is a hefty slab of a cricketer. T20 innings of that magnitude usually require a bit of luck and Finch was honest enough to admit of his record 14 sixes that "any one of those could have gone straight up in the air"; but, amid the pints and the pop music, he will command something close to unbroken attention when he walks out for the follow up at the Riverside.

Team news

England will almost certainly want to look at Michael Carberry, so either of the openers could make way, provided Root doesn't suffer any after effects from being hit on the head. Danny Briggs suffered at the hands of Finch, conceding more runs than any other bowler, and may rotate back out for the ever-reliable James Tredwell. Boyd Rankin is the other bowling option in the squad.

England (possible) 1 Michael Carberry, 2 Michael Lumb, 3 Luke Wright, 4 Eoin Morgan, 5 Joe Root, 6 Ravi Bopara, 7 Jos Buttler (wk), 8 Stuart Broad (capt), 9 James Tredwell, 10 Steven Finn, 11 Jade Dernbach

Steven Smith has returned to Australia after suffering a quad strain, depleting the 18-man limited-overs squad by one. Adam Voges may not be able to force his way back into a powerful top order but there could be changes to the bowling attack, with Mitchell Starc and Nathan Coulter-Nile providing good bench strength. Fawad Ahmed should get another opportunity to acclimatise to international cricket.

Australia (possible) 1 David Warner, 2 Aaron Finch, 3 Shaun Marsh, 4 Shane Watson, 5 Glenn Maxwell, 6 George Bailey (capt), 7 Matthew Wade (wk), 8 James Faulkner, 9 Mitchell Johnson, 10 Josh Hazlewood, 11 Fawad Ahmed

Pitch and conditions

The Chester-le Street surface for the Test provided plenty for the seamers and, even with the priorities of T20 in mind, the pitch is unlikely to be as flat and unthreatening as that in Southampton. The average score for the team batting first during this year's FLt20 was just shy of 170. A sunny day is forecast, so batting shouldn't be too taxing.

Stats and trivia

  • Australia's win in the first T20 was their first victory in international competition in 200 days.
  • They now have a 4-3 win record against England in the shortest format.
  • England last T20 at Chester-le-Street was a seven-wicket defeat against South Africa last year, after making 118 for 7.
  • Finch's century was the first T20 international hundred scored in the UK.

Quotes

"Rooty played well for his 90 on his first knock in Twenty20 international cricket. If we were chasing 200 we get it. You can't legislate for someone getting 150 off 63 balls."
England captain Stuart Broad gives credit where it's due

"It's only one T20 game. There are still five one-dayers and another T20 to come and I'm sure they'll come back with some new plays so we'll have to adapt again."
Aaron Finch wasn't getting carried away with his achievement

Alan Gardner is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • anton1234 on August 31, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    George Bailey is the weak link in the Australian team. Get in Moises Henriques or Cameron White or Mitchell Marsh to replace him.

  • thelapal on August 31, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    Finch gonna Clinch the series the today ? lets wait n watch its getting better than best never expect this kind of heat from australia T20 Team ..get your beers ready folks

  • jmcilhinney on August 31, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    @Int.Curator on (August 31, 2013, 9:55 GMT), you don't really understand cricket, do you? If Test cricket was played on the roads that T20 is played on with the same short boundaries and fielding restrictions then they'd be lucky to get through two innings, never mind four. You can try all you like but you can't change the fact that T20 was invented as a way to keep the interest of those who forget their Facebook password if they don't post a status update every 5 minutes. A Test victory is inherently more valuable than a T20 victory simply because Test cricket is cricket as played for over a hundred years and T20 is a variation of that game created for those... like you. That's not to say that those who play T20 don't play it hard and shouldn't be proud of their wins achievements. It's just that people who would rather play T20 than Test cricket are either lazy or greedy or both. It's like a director preferring to make commercials than movies. You do what you can but you still dream.

  • Int.Curator on August 31, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    Finch's T20 innings was special because likelihood of a big score is limited

    by overs, time to get eye in, being able to get on strike played at night with white ball. Every 20 overs new wicket surfaces You need a good eye and broad range of shots to select from.

    Aspiring T20 cricketing batsmen must lick their lips and look with envy at the few restrictions and ease to bat in test cricket.

  • TheBigBoodha on August 31, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    This is a very strong Aus T-20 team, much better than some of the make-shift teams they usually put on the field for this format. They will be tough to beat, esp. if they play a strong bowling lineup. Still, it's hard to make predictions in T-20. I hope they win. The T-20 series is the booby prize, but we'll take it.

  • on August 31, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    he won't do it again that's for sure

  • on August 31, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    The days when Eoin Morgan was an asset to the side have gone. However nobody could have resisted that Finching at least not with that set of bowlers. England is just very bad at this 20-20 stuff.

  • BRUTALANALYST on August 31, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    It was remarkable hitting but the tactics were non existent there was no change of plan no counter attack England just continued bowling length and donkey drop spin for 20 overs it was almost like they were going through the motions of a training session giving him hitting practice. Broad is very inexperienced and plays little T20 not even for Notts so I don't understand why he is T20 captain ? The same can be said about Finn when there's guys like Napier and Willey who are much more versed in this format of bowling who should be playing for England.

  • Int.Curator on August 31, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    Test or T20? For a cricket player who only has the unique special skills to play T20, representing your country in this format is no less important to him than any other format. This negates the debate that a tests cricket win is a greater win than a T20.

    It is just a preference like to win a 100m sprint or to win a 42 km marathon. Which event is the greater win?

  • on August 31, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    It is very unlikely that Finch is a one blast wonder. Gayle has had his ups and downs, mostly ups, so will Finch. Steve Waugh said selectors must persist with youngsters with potential. As Gardner says, that is what the selectors did to their credit. Gardner is right, it is difficult to overstate the boost to Australia of Finch's mauling of the English bowlers. Tonight it may or may not be Finch, but watch out for Watson, Warner, Marsh and Maxwell; any one or more of them could explode. Then our bowlers need to take care of Root and co. I hope Ahmed gets a couple to boost his confidence.

  • anton1234 on August 31, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    George Bailey is the weak link in the Australian team. Get in Moises Henriques or Cameron White or Mitchell Marsh to replace him.

  • thelapal on August 31, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    Finch gonna Clinch the series the today ? lets wait n watch its getting better than best never expect this kind of heat from australia T20 Team ..get your beers ready folks

  • jmcilhinney on August 31, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    @Int.Curator on (August 31, 2013, 9:55 GMT), you don't really understand cricket, do you? If Test cricket was played on the roads that T20 is played on with the same short boundaries and fielding restrictions then they'd be lucky to get through two innings, never mind four. You can try all you like but you can't change the fact that T20 was invented as a way to keep the interest of those who forget their Facebook password if they don't post a status update every 5 minutes. A Test victory is inherently more valuable than a T20 victory simply because Test cricket is cricket as played for over a hundred years and T20 is a variation of that game created for those... like you. That's not to say that those who play T20 don't play it hard and shouldn't be proud of their wins achievements. It's just that people who would rather play T20 than Test cricket are either lazy or greedy or both. It's like a director preferring to make commercials than movies. You do what you can but you still dream.

  • Int.Curator on August 31, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    Finch's T20 innings was special because likelihood of a big score is limited

    by overs, time to get eye in, being able to get on strike played at night with white ball. Every 20 overs new wicket surfaces You need a good eye and broad range of shots to select from.

    Aspiring T20 cricketing batsmen must lick their lips and look with envy at the few restrictions and ease to bat in test cricket.

  • TheBigBoodha on August 31, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    This is a very strong Aus T-20 team, much better than some of the make-shift teams they usually put on the field for this format. They will be tough to beat, esp. if they play a strong bowling lineup. Still, it's hard to make predictions in T-20. I hope they win. The T-20 series is the booby prize, but we'll take it.

  • on August 31, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    he won't do it again that's for sure

  • on August 31, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    The days when Eoin Morgan was an asset to the side have gone. However nobody could have resisted that Finching at least not with that set of bowlers. England is just very bad at this 20-20 stuff.

  • BRUTALANALYST on August 31, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    It was remarkable hitting but the tactics were non existent there was no change of plan no counter attack England just continued bowling length and donkey drop spin for 20 overs it was almost like they were going through the motions of a training session giving him hitting practice. Broad is very inexperienced and plays little T20 not even for Notts so I don't understand why he is T20 captain ? The same can be said about Finn when there's guys like Napier and Willey who are much more versed in this format of bowling who should be playing for England.

  • Int.Curator on August 31, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    Test or T20? For a cricket player who only has the unique special skills to play T20, representing your country in this format is no less important to him than any other format. This negates the debate that a tests cricket win is a greater win than a T20.

    It is just a preference like to win a 100m sprint or to win a 42 km marathon. Which event is the greater win?

  • on August 31, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    It is very unlikely that Finch is a one blast wonder. Gayle has had his ups and downs, mostly ups, so will Finch. Steve Waugh said selectors must persist with youngsters with potential. As Gardner says, that is what the selectors did to their credit. Gardner is right, it is difficult to overstate the boost to Australia of Finch's mauling of the English bowlers. Tonight it may or may not be Finch, but watch out for Watson, Warner, Marsh and Maxwell; any one or more of them could explode. Then our bowlers need to take care of Root and co. I hope Ahmed gets a couple to boost his confidence.

  • jmcilhinney on August 31, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    @Solid_Snake on (August 31, 2013, 6:42 GMT), Finch's innings was the highest ever and at a significantly better strike rate than the second best. Even if someone does come up with a similar innings, which is possible, it will happen VERY rarely and the chances of someone producing such an innings under the pressure of chasing a total like Australia's the other night is almost nil. Obviously nothing is impossible but how often do you think that any team would chase down that total? I doubt even Australia would because setting a big total, while not easy, is always easier than chasing one. A better bowling team may not have found themselves chasing such a big score but that's another matter altogether.

  • on August 31, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    @Ricardo Mitchell on (August 31, 2013, 1:20 GMT). Finch is not only in the IPL team "PUNE WARRIORS", but is also their Captain.

  • hhillbumper on August 31, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    jonesey 2.We missed you this summer.What happened did your holiday happen the same time as your losing streak and end when you won a Game? Finch did very well but one swallow does not make a summer and it still took a world record to beat us.While a broken record can beat Aus

  • Int.Curator on August 31, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    Interestingly enough cricket critics still make player evaluations by comparing between Test and T20 performances and are still incapable of giving appraisals based on the format of the game. The sooner people accept they are a different format the sooner the possibility of educated discussions can happen.

  • Int.Curator on August 31, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    Finch has create some sensation with critics somewhat impressed by his latest innings comparing him with innings from McCullum and Gayle. No doubt Finch knockers will highlight the fact it was against an English T20 bowling attack. But then again Finch can only play one selected team at a time.

  • on August 31, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    Aussie are gonna make 2-0 tonight. Mckay and coulternile will replace faulkner and fawad for Australia..Tredwell will replace Briggs for England..God save Poms.

  • JG2704 on August 31, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    @Solid_Snake on (August 31, 2013, 6:42 GMT) NO - JMC says pretty much no team could ever match and he is right. It's the highest ever team total so that indicates how rare it is and after checking statsguru on the players you mentioned - at international level - they have scored 3 tons between them and the highest score and SR was 123 by BM at a SR of 212 and that against Bangladesh. Finch scored 33 more than that and at a .35 better SR. So yes it's possible another player can do similar and Gayle has done similar in IPL but it's certainly a one off.

  • 5wombats on August 31, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    @jonesy2 (August 31, 2013, 5:40 GMT) interesting that you spend years sniping on England forums, disappear during the 3-0 Ashes Test series and then mysteriously re-appear after Australia finally win a game against England. There is such fair weather here in Australia isn't there? It's obvious that you enjoy it. But seriously @jonesy2 - where were you during the Ashes? Hiding behind the sofa?

  • on August 31, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    Their best players were sweating south Africans & Indians in SA and average players were attending in Ashes. Now they are in ENG and turned the table by 180 degrees. Still ENG hoping they can win? IF Oz won in last 200 days, what about ENG in next 100 days? No way. OZ will dominate here on & Finch would keep the opponents trousers wet from now on.

  • Solid_Snake on August 31, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    @jmcilhinney:No team could ever match?? Ever heard of Chris Gayle WI team or Mccullum NZ ?

  • on August 31, 2013, 5:58 GMT

    I would like the England team to make it's best possible comeback this time to level the series by defeating Australia in the second T20. What the home team should do now is have faith and confidence plus believe in luck besides working hard.

  • mixters on August 31, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    @land47 "As is often the case, the first T20I was won by a player rather than a team." Close description but it is not often the case, its always the case. One preformance or luck settle t20 every time. Entertaining yes but not test cricket. Test cricket of course can sometimes be very UN entertaining if you watch certain teams play. Now where did I see that sort of negative cricket recently???? Alistair?

  • jonesy2 on August 31, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    should be another mauling. wasn't happy with Australia's bowling tactics though, far too many half trackers and basically gifted joe root, I guy who has never scored quick runs in his life, easy runs. don't like the waste of an allrounder having Faulkner at 8 either, have NCN there and play one less batsman maybe.

  • heathrf1974 on August 31, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    @land47 You make a good point. I guess it's one of the reasons people get excited about it because any team can win if one or two of their players perform. Whereas in test cricket it is over five days and Australia aren't yet consistent enough to dominate a match over a series of days.

  • on August 31, 2013, 3:41 GMT

    Compared to the big hitting Australia, England, West Indies and South Africa have, players in the subcontinent look puny. Their only chance of doing good in the forthcoming T-20 WC to be played in India lies in spin. With Ajmal and Hafeez in their ranks Pakistan stands a good chance of winning. Our own Ashwin and Jadeja are not far behind.

  • Int.Curator on August 31, 2013, 2:21 GMT

    Generalised Statistics. The fact that Australia haven't won a game in 200 days is statistically pointless and meaningless. Like all things no two circumstances are the same. The only statistical fact worth mentioning is the players selected for the T20 to represent Australia to play England at Southampton won on the night. It showed the depth of each teams playing personnel and says something about the pitch. Finch Freakish Knock? Would be like Usain Bolt Freakishly running a 9.7sec 100m. Would you believe it? They are professional sports men who train to limit failure and increase success. Finch, Warner, Watson, Maxwell and Marsh all have batted with similar intent with variable success in the past.

  • jmcilhinney on August 31, 2013, 1:40 GMT

    I'm not sure that England need to be too concerned just yet. Finch's innings was obviously the difference between the two teams and that's not the sort of thing that will happen every day. Obviously Finch is a dangerous player and England will be very keen to get him out early but, before that last game, Australian fans would have been talking up Warner and Watson as the major threats and neither of them had a major impact on the last game. Watson did make a contribution but that's nothing that England couldn't match. It's a freak innings like that of Finch's that pretty much no team could ever match. There are those telling us that England aren't any good at limited-overs cricket but those people seem to be ignoring the fact that England's recent record is rather better than Australia's. Of course, some of those people are well known for ignoring actual facts.

  • on August 31, 2013, 1:20 GMT

    What a match! The IPL will definitely be interesting in Finch. I hope that RBC purchase him to open with C Gayle, If that is done then RBC problem would be solved because they wont need any bowlers to defend their total.

  • on August 31, 2013, 1:00 GMT

    1 David Warner, 2 Aaron Finch, 3 Shaun Marsh, 4 Shane Watson, 5 Glenn Maxwell. Any one of these 6 can take the game away from England. And the top 4 of them are so used to batting against the bowling of guys like Steyn, Morkle, & Malinga frequently in the IPL. And against spinners like Ashwin& Sunil Narain. Mumbai Indians didn't give Maxwell much of a chance. Otherwise he also would have been well versed, in facing such bowlers. Don't say English bowlers are far superior than all these bowlers.

  • disco_bob on August 31, 2013, 0:30 GMT

    It was kinda cool that his first ball was a six, and he brought up his fifty with a six and his hundred with a six as well.

  • mzm149 on August 30, 2013, 22:03 GMT

    Fawad Ahmed is not quite impressive. No prize for guessing why he couldn't make it to Pakistan cricket team. Any given South Asian team has better spinners than Fawad Ahmed and Imran Tahir.

  • Iddo555 on August 30, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    That's Carberry's home ground so it makes me sceptical just how good his form has been this year. Has he just suddenly become a fantastic 20/20 player at the age of 33 or has he just been playing on absolute road all year long?

    I'm sure he'll get his chance to show what he can do in the ODI series as England don't seem to keen to break up the Hales and Lumb partnership that has done well for a few years in the 20/20 game.

    Credit to Dernbach, I had given him a huge amount of stick and would have dropped him before last night, but I'm glad to say he proved me wrong last night and did well considering the carnage that was going on around him.

    Finally, well done finch, that was some serious hitting of a cricket ball, I'll be looking for England to mix it up a bit next game with some yorkers and some slower ball bouncers

  • AKS286 on August 30, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    High scoring T20 match after test cricket really excites me. The one unusual, rare and unbelievable thing happened on first T20 match is "Dernbach is the most economical bowler" - Can't believe it. Warner must be keep away from the team. Birt, Quiney, Pomersbach, White, Hughes must be in the team. What about Hodge? can he play international T20, we saw him as a captain in IPL. Watson, Finch, Marsh, Birt, Smith (C), Maxwell/Moises, Ludeman, Johnson, Cutting, Laughlin, Beer

  • landl47 on August 30, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    As is often the case, the first T20I was won by a player rather than a team. If Finch (or anyone else on either side) has another big knock, their side will win.

    I'd like to see Carberry given a go and Tredwell would lend some valuable experience, not least to the England captain.

    As always before a T20I, the odds are about 50-50 for each side.

  • josphe on August 30, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    If anyone would make way for carberry it would be Lumb, because Hales has done way better than him in England colors.

  • unlocker on August 30, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    Broad should replace Finn and add pls rankin .england t20 batting line up is huge strong without piterson .now they have to make strong their bowling attack .england women playing good cricket against Australia . Good luck england

  • BRUTALANALYST on August 30, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    I'd rather watch Morgan sat on the bench his gimmicky shots have been found out and his lack of consistent runs mean he should no longer be in the side criminal that Carberry wasn't even in the 11 last night on that road at his homeground best T20 batsman in England should be first name on the sheet in this format !

  • Optic on August 30, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    Personally I wouldn't have Ravi in the side, it's a pointless. He doesn't score fast enough career S/R is around 100 and his bowling isn't as affective as it is in 50 over because he can't get the ball to reverse. Root, Wright & even Carbs can do the extra bowling. Personally I'd go with this side. 1. Hales 1. Lumb 3. Carberry 4. Root 5.Wright 6. Morgan 7.Buttler 8. Stuart Broad (capt), 9 James Tredwell, 10 Steven Finn, 11 Rankin / Dernbach. Wouldn't mind Rankin getting a go at Durham, he'd be tricky to play against up there. Dernbach did well last game amongst the carnage. He's bowling more stock quick deliveries and he's quick, bowled around 90mph and that makes his slower deliveries much more affective. I'd lie us to bat first and then pressure Aus. Don't know why we choose to bat first at Hampshire, silly call when you consider hat a road it is.

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 30, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    Have to say, I am putting down my money on Australia. England are simply not good in limited overs cricket. Given what Finch did in the previous game, it's a no-brainer to bet your cash on the Aussies. For the sake of all who are interested in this limited overs leg of the tour, I hope the games don't become one sided like it was during the test series. These games will also give England some opportunity to improve in the sport's interesting formats (T20 and ODIs). They have some good young players. I am excited to see Carberry play; he's a good player that guy. Also, can't wait to see what Finch has in store for this game. This time England, if they win the toss, should bat first.

  • BigINDFan on August 30, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    Maybe Finch hitting was required in the Ashes as couple of the games went to the wire! It would have been an interesting ploy had Finch replaced Khawaja for couple of tests. After all most of his hits were from the middle of the bat and he can play spin without fear. Now Swann test would be different but Aus should identify and given players from all the formats opportunities.

  • on August 30, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    Captain Bailey looks the major weak link in the OZ Team's batting line-up! Perhaps the only one?

  • xtrafalgarx on August 30, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    It's not a one off, he has done that a handful of times in domestic cricket in Australia.

  • JG2704 on August 30, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    Could we not play 2 spinners for once? I know Briggs went for runs but who didn't? Although he is usually a liability Jade surely has to play as he was our best bowler in yesterday's game so if you are going to persist with him when he's out of nick he must be persisted with when he's in nick. Carberry needs a game but not sure who I'd replace. Possibly Lumb because then you have the left/right combo.

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  • JG2704 on August 30, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    Could we not play 2 spinners for once? I know Briggs went for runs but who didn't? Although he is usually a liability Jade surely has to play as he was our best bowler in yesterday's game so if you are going to persist with him when he's out of nick he must be persisted with when he's in nick. Carberry needs a game but not sure who I'd replace. Possibly Lumb because then you have the left/right combo.

  • xtrafalgarx on August 30, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    It's not a one off, he has done that a handful of times in domestic cricket in Australia.

  • on August 30, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    Captain Bailey looks the major weak link in the OZ Team's batting line-up! Perhaps the only one?

  • BigINDFan on August 30, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    Maybe Finch hitting was required in the Ashes as couple of the games went to the wire! It would have been an interesting ploy had Finch replaced Khawaja for couple of tests. After all most of his hits were from the middle of the bat and he can play spin without fear. Now Swann test would be different but Aus should identify and given players from all the formats opportunities.

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 30, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    Have to say, I am putting down my money on Australia. England are simply not good in limited overs cricket. Given what Finch did in the previous game, it's a no-brainer to bet your cash on the Aussies. For the sake of all who are interested in this limited overs leg of the tour, I hope the games don't become one sided like it was during the test series. These games will also give England some opportunity to improve in the sport's interesting formats (T20 and ODIs). They have some good young players. I am excited to see Carberry play; he's a good player that guy. Also, can't wait to see what Finch has in store for this game. This time England, if they win the toss, should bat first.

  • Optic on August 30, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    Personally I wouldn't have Ravi in the side, it's a pointless. He doesn't score fast enough career S/R is around 100 and his bowling isn't as affective as it is in 50 over because he can't get the ball to reverse. Root, Wright & even Carbs can do the extra bowling. Personally I'd go with this side. 1. Hales 1. Lumb 3. Carberry 4. Root 5.Wright 6. Morgan 7.Buttler 8. Stuart Broad (capt), 9 James Tredwell, 10 Steven Finn, 11 Rankin / Dernbach. Wouldn't mind Rankin getting a go at Durham, he'd be tricky to play against up there. Dernbach did well last game amongst the carnage. He's bowling more stock quick deliveries and he's quick, bowled around 90mph and that makes his slower deliveries much more affective. I'd lie us to bat first and then pressure Aus. Don't know why we choose to bat first at Hampshire, silly call when you consider hat a road it is.

  • BRUTALANALYST on August 30, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    I'd rather watch Morgan sat on the bench his gimmicky shots have been found out and his lack of consistent runs mean he should no longer be in the side criminal that Carberry wasn't even in the 11 last night on that road at his homeground best T20 batsman in England should be first name on the sheet in this format !

  • unlocker on August 30, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    Broad should replace Finn and add pls rankin .england t20 batting line up is huge strong without piterson .now they have to make strong their bowling attack .england women playing good cricket against Australia . Good luck england

  • josphe on August 30, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    If anyone would make way for carberry it would be Lumb, because Hales has done way better than him in England colors.

  • landl47 on August 30, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    As is often the case, the first T20I was won by a player rather than a team. If Finch (or anyone else on either side) has another big knock, their side will win.

    I'd like to see Carberry given a go and Tredwell would lend some valuable experience, not least to the England captain.

    As always before a T20I, the odds are about 50-50 for each side.