Bengaluru, September 4: England cricketers, leading cricket into the post-Covid 19 world, will be back in action on Friday (September 4) when they take on Australia in the first of the three T20Is at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.
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1. Team News - England
A 1-1 draw with Pakistan in a three-match T20I series was a good way to prepare for the Australians, and England will have a stronger squad at its disposal now the likes of Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer and Mark Wood are out of the Test bubble.
The host is missing key players in all-rounder Ben Stokes, who is unavailable for selection following his return to New Zealand to be with his father who has cancer, and opener Jason Roy, who has a left side strain. Joe Root, the Test captain, has been left out of the T20 squad but is in the ODI squad for the three-match series starting September 11.
One exciting newcomer to the team is Tom Banton, an opening batsman who is a 360-hitter and likes to go on the attack immediately. He scored 71, 20 and 46 in the recent games against Pakistan.
2. Team News - Australia
Australia has a tried-and-tested T20 lineup that has lifted the team atop the ICC rankings in the format, so batsman Marnus Labuschagne will likely need to wait for his debut despite impressing in both the Test and ODI teams over the past year and hitting a century in a warmup game this week. "We are pretty settled on the way that we structure up our T20 side at the moment," Finch said. "He (Labuschagne) played nicely the other day but I think he might have to wait a little bit longer in T20 cricket."
3. Playing XIs
England: Jonny Bairstow, Tom Banton, Eoin Morgan (Captain), Jos Buttler (wk), Dawid Malan, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood.
Australia: Aaron Finch (Captain), David Warner, Steve Smith, Alex Carey (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa.
Tom Banton, David Warner, Eoin Morgan, Steve Smith, Jos Buttler (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Moeen Ali, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Jofra Archer, Adam Zampa.
5. Match details
Date: September 4
Time: 10.30 PM IST
Live Telecast: Sony Sports Networks
Live Streaming: SonyLIV