AUSTRALIA: Today’s match between England and Australia will be the most hyped match of this year’s T20 World Cup tournament after India vs Pakistan match.
The reason behind the excitement is that the match will be a cutthroat competition, as whoever loses the match will have a greater chance of elimination.
Both the teams are balanced and strong T20 teams, but it is always said that this format of the game is the most unpredictable. Unexpected defeats happen; you can grip the game almost entirely and then it can slip just at the end of overs.
Yesterday, we saw that Zimbabwe won the game against Pakistan. No one expected Zimbabwe to defeat Pakistan. Zimbabwe won the game on the last ball and before that, it could have been anybody’s game.
Let us talk about rain as almost every match in the tournament saw some showers, and because of that many of the results that came were unexpected.
England lost their last match against Ireland by the DLS method but won the first match against Afghanistan, so now they have a victory and a defeat.
Australia, on the other hand, won their last match against Sri Lanka and lost their first match against New Zealand. So now they are also standing in the same position as England.
These even victories and defeats make this match a more competitive game. Although the game which is going to take place at the MCG is uncertain because it is witnessing rainfall as of now.
The first match of the day, which was between Ireland and Afghanistan, was scheduled to happen at the MCG, but the game was called off due to rain.
Players to watch out
David Warner- This guy will be hungry for runs now as he was unable to score big runs in the last two games Australia played. Australia always counts on this man and he is without a doubt a dependable batsman. He got out in a kind of unfortunate way in both matches.
Jos Buttler- The English Captain has a good record against the Aussies and he can be very dangerous once he gets going. Australia will also try to get him out early in the innings to avoid any damage he is capable of.
Head coach Matthew Mott’s indications suggest that England will play with an unchanged starting lineup.
This means that Chris Woakes will play again after making his long-awaited comeback, and Alex Hales will continue to be trusted at the top of the order despite Phil Salt’s claims to the position.
England (Probable XI): Jos Buttler (capt & wk), Alex Hales , Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Liam Livingstone, Harry Brook, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood.
In Australia’s lone alteration from their Sri Lanka line-up, Zampa is likely to replace Ashton Agar because of his recovery from COVID. Matthew Wade intends to remain behind the stumps despite being diagnosed with COVID.
Australia (Probable XI): Aaron Finch (capt), David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Tim David, Matthew Wade (wk), Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood.