England after regaining the Ashes will face Australia in a one-off T20, that squeeze in between The Ashes and five matches ODI series, at Cardiff, the Welsh capital. The T20 cricket is an extra game almost every bilateral series. Even many series does not feature T20 match. England last played a T20 match almost one year ago while in Australia last November.
The frequency of the game intangible as Australia last match’s man of the match Cameron White even did not feature in the match.
Both England, Australia have selected a fresh team to get rid of Ashes hangover. England have called up eight players in the shortest format of cricket keeping only three players – Ben Stokes. Moeen Ali and Jos Buttler -from the historic Ashes win. On the other hand, Australia calls up six players for the match.
Before the World T20 2016, in India the match will bring back focus on the match. England, who turn around their 50 over fortune after winning the ODI series against World Cup runners-up New Zealand after the debacle in the multi-nations event Down Under. Meanwhile, being the new king of 50 over cricket will try to heal their Ashes wound winning the one-off T20 match before the ball and bat clash for the 50 over series beginning September 3.
Australia notched up their first second win in Britain in 2015 after defeating Ireland in one-off ODI at Belfast.
Test and ODI captain Steve Smith, who is also the vice captain of Australia T20 team, will lead Australia as their T20 captain Aaron Finch suffered finger injury in a county match playing for Yorkshire while Eoin Morgan, England’s captain for T20 and ODI, will lead three lions in the match. Shane Watson, who was dropped after the Cardiff Test, will play the T20 match.
England have won the 2009 World T20 beating Australia in the final. Australia never looked formidable in this format. But, this time opener David Warner, before the match said they will have an advantage in World T20 in India. So, in a game where Australia are yet to make their footprint will try to kick their journey from the Wales capital.
ICC T20 Ranking : Australia 2nd and England 8th
England (probable) 1 Alex Hales, 2 Jason Roy, 3 Moeen Ali, 4 Eoin Morgan (capt), 5 Ben Stokes, 6 Jos Buttler (wk), 7 Sam Billings, 8 Adil Rashid, 9 Chris Woakes, 10 David Willey, 11 Steven Finn
Australia (probable) 1 David Warner, 2 Shane Watson, 3 Steven Smith (capt), 4 Glenn Maxwell, 5 Mitchell Marsh, 6 Marcus Stoinis, 7 Matthew Wade (wk), 8 Nathan Coulter-Nile, 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Cameron Boyce, 10 Pat Cummins
Time: IST 7.30
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