After a summer that started with series against West Indies and Pakistan, England will welcome autumn with a white-ball series against Australia. The traditional Ashes rivals will start with the first T20I in Southampton on Friday.
While England warmed up for the series with a 1-1 result against Pakistan, Australia have been playing internal warm-ups. There are a lot of tough selection choices for the hosts making your fantasy choices very interesting. As for Australia, they have a strong squad to select from.
After the Pakistan series, England are back to full strength. Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, and Mark Wood back in the side and provide good selection headache. Tom Banton and Dawid Malan could be vying for a single spot making it a tricky fantasy selection.
Adil Rashid and Archer seem excellent choices and so could be Eoin Morgan. Moeen Ali’s spot could be in danger, but his all-round skills might save the day. Make sure you choose only those players that are guaranteed a playing spot.
Australia have their own selection choices to make. Marnus Labuschagne is waiting in the wings but might have to wait for his T20I debut. Steve Smith at three and Glenn Maxwell at four still gives a solid footing for Australia, though.
Adam Zampa and Pat Cummins will be the leaders of the bowling pack that will boast of Mitchell Starc and Kane Richardson. Australia have depth in their ranks and that augurs well for this match.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Eoin Morgan enjoys the T20Is and is in good form recently. However, he averages only 24.70 against Australia in 11 H2H matches.
Mitchell Starc is one of the most dreaded fast bowlers with the white ball. His yorkers are one of the toughest to face. 17 of his 42 T20I wickets have come through yorkers.
Steve Smith loves playing England and if he repeats the Ashes form he displayed last time, England are in for a ride.
England: 1 Jos Buttler 2 Jonny Bairstow (WK) 3 Dawid Malan 4 Eoin Morgan (C) 5 Sam Billings 6 Moeen Ali 7 Sam Curran 8 Jofra Archer 9 Chris Jordan 10 Adil Rashid 11 Tom Curran
Australia: 1 Aaron Finch (C) 2 David Warner 3 Steve Smith 4 Glenn Maxwell 5 Mitchell Marsh 6 Alex Carey (WK) 7 Ashton Agar 8 Adam Zampa 9 Mitchell Starc 10 Pat Cummins 11 Kane Richardson
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